“After looking in and around Boston for a true guitar craftsman, I found my guitar man: DJ Parsons.
DJ took care of my ailing ‘98 Guild JF-65 Jumbo acoustic, bringing it back to its former glory and setting it up for some fine jams to come.
He also took my Fender American Standard Deluxe P-Bass and reset the neck, adjusted the action, and even reinstalled the “Deluxe” part.
Couldn’t be happier with workmanship or the dude standing behind it. Thanks DJ. See you soon.”
Bassist & Guitarist
Union Jack Band
"It's rare to find a luthier who takes the time to listen to the player and gets it right."
Thanks for the great work on my strat! More guitars will be coming your way from my little, rusty collection.
And thanks for your help with my Ampeg.
Thank you so much for the work you did on my son's 2 guitars, when he broke the headstock on his Gibson Classic Gold Top, I was afraid it was a total loss until you were recommended. I
took a chance with finding someone I wasn't familiar with and not only was I very impressed with your work, but my son said his guitars sound better than when we bought them. The repair to the headstock is barely noticeably
Again thank you so much, you came through with the workmanship, your time and cost. I will definitely be seeing you again. I have given your name out to several people with high recommendations.
Again Thank You!
Linda V & Eric
Gibson Les Paul
"Thanks so much for giving me a setup on such short notice, DJ and for doing such a thorough, fast, job with it. It plays so well now! I've recommended you to all my friends and I'll be back soon with other instruments!"
Just wanted to say a big "Thank You" for your concientious,professional attitude and ability in getting my "Stunt Guitar"(2004 Epiphone Studio Dot) up and running for my upcoming Summer schedule.Both my '62 ES-335 and '64 Epiphone Sheraton are so jealous that they will not be "going out with me" to clinics and gigs. I didn't tell them about you,but if and when they do need service, you're my First Call and boy will they be glad I did. Thanks so much.With over forty years in the music business,I have much experience with tech minded people, some NOT very good, quite a few NOT at all reliable. It's comforting to realize that there are a handful of qualified,dutiful,reliable competent guitar techs, Like yourself, out there. I consider you to be a "Guardian Angel" of those of us who perform music for a living. Best to you and yours.
Epi Studio Dot
"DJ is a craftsman who takes the time to do the job right. He will listen to your observations about your instrument and adjust his work accordingly. He has worked on 2 of my mandolins and I'm very happy with the results."
Trinity College Octave Mandolin
Mid - Missouri M4 Mandolin
I've had a chance to try out the Seagull after the set-up, and it is wonderful. Makes learning so much easier with the proper set-up. I appreciate your quick response and turn-around time; it made going without the guitar more manageable.
Seagull 25th Anniversary Slope Shoulder Dread
Hi DJ— just wanted to thank you for the great set-up you did on my guitar. I can really tell the difference. It feels great, sounds great. And a fast turn-around too!
"Hey DJ, Good to see you again! Amazing what can happen in 40 years or so! (Did I just count right??)
Thanks for making my ES335 play silky smooth. Great job!! See you again ..."
XBHS - Class of 1971
Gibson ES-335 Dot
I have a Mexican strat from the early 90's that was my first new electric guitar...
My lovely little Seagull came back to me yesterday, and I just want to say thank you!!! She plays so beautifully - better than she ever has - and I look forward to beginning my lessons in such great form. I really appreciate you accepting my guitar via UPS, and sending her back to me with equal care. Your work is meticulous, and the change in strings was a much needed and insightful touch. Keep on doing your beautiful work, and be well! Warmly, Dina.
DJ: my guitar plays and sounds great! Thanks for your expertise on the setup.
Hand-made Walnut/Maple Tele with Okoume pickguard - see 'Completed Projects
D.J. setup and did fretwork on a number of the instruments for my studio. I was so happy, I finally gave him my beloved 1974 Martin D28 which needed some love. He recrowned and polished the frets, put a new and beautiful ivory nut, and new pickguard that perfectly matched the old one that had shrunk, warped and was coming off. All my buzzes are gone and it's a dream to play now.
Fox Run Studio - Sudbury, MA
Taylor Baby - Jimmy Jones bass - Dean banjitar - Guild D-25 - Maton dread
Escape Travel guitar - 1974 Martin D-28 - see 'Completed Projects'
Hi DJ, when you worked on my Rickenbacker 4001 Bass last year, you mentioned the Frets needed replacing and there was a small split in the neck by the Fretboard, that should be glued. Another small problem is that the intonation on the "E" and "A" strings is off. Do you have rough idea what all this might cost me? Talk to you soon.....Jim Pedersen.
70's Rick Bass
Guitarist for The Tweed Bros. Band
1974 Gibson Dove - fret level/crown/ polish, neckset, bone saddle
DJ, just to say again that you did a terrific job on the Franklin. It sounds absolutely divine. Thanks so much.
Franklin Eng/Brazilian OM
Thanks! The Washburn sounds and plays great. I played it at the open mic on Thursday, and lent it to a friend who didn’t have his guitar. It sounded nice from the audience, too!
Thanks for the better than new instrument. All of a sudden I can do things on the guitar that I couldn't do when I actually practiced - 30 years ago. It's a perfect incentive to try again. I'll see how far a half hour a day and 10 aging fingers can get me.
She plays like i've never heard.
To Whom It May Concern:
I collect vintage acoustic guitars and have relied on DJ Parsons for my guitar-work needs for the past 3 years. My experience with him has been consistently positive. He has always done precision work at a reasonable price. He’s also very accommodating with my busy schedule. I recently brought him a late 1950’s Harmony Sovereign whose action made the guitar all but unplayable. After DJ did a neck reset, built an ivory saddle and dressed the frets, the guitar practically plays itself. And with his usual pro set-up, DJ cleaned up my dingy old Sov so it looks as good as it plays. I would highly recommend DJ Parsons for the exceptional work and service he provides.
Thanks for the great job you did setting up my bass, DJ! I noticed that you polished down some burrs on the edge of the frets, and cleaned up the fret board. Also very welcome was your willingness to pick up and drop off my bass, and having it in your shop for a minimal amount of time. I’ll definitely recommend your work!
Just a short note to say thank you, I'm enjoying
my new set up. Already referred you to a few Musicians.
I'll let you know if Karen gets another Jam Gig.
Thanks for the thorough and thoughtful appraisal. I am pleased with what you had to say about the Gibson. No problem in opening the pdf file.
I enjoyed meeting with you. I appreciated the discussion and learned quite a lot. I will be calling you soon about some others questions.
1938 Gibson L-00
Bass is working great thanks a lot for the fast turn around. Thanks again, Bud, and take care,
Bassist - The Black Dahlia Murder
DJ- You are the first luthier to actually get my guitars to the point where I can play them. I appreciate the fact that you listen to what I want and when the guitar comes back to me, you've done what I asked for. What also sets you apart from the rest is that your work is always skillful and timely.
Gibson - Byrdland, LG2, L-0
Gretsch Chet Atkins
DuPont MC-50 Gypsy guitar
DJ - just wanted to thank you for your commitment to excellence. Given the work you did on my Strat and your attention detail, I would strongly recommend you to my friends who play guitar. I also want to thank you for coming to my home to pick up my Strat and bringing back when it was done. Good luck & you have a customer for life! Thanks again.
'95 Fender Lefty JStrat
It was a sickening day when the end pin popped out, my guitar strap came loose, and my 40 year-old Martin D-18 went crashing to the floor. After a few minutes to calm down, I decided that maybe all was not lost and started searching for a place to have the guitar repaired. I ended up at DJ Parsons' shop. I could not have made a better choice.
During that first visit DJ spent a lot of time discussing the guitar with me. It came out that I was having problems with the playability of the guitar even before the accident. DJ convinced me that he was a true expert, and that he also had a genuine passion for his work. He has a wealth of knowledge about guitars in general and about Martins (and probably others) specifically. I learned a lot.
DJ made a very reasonable proposal for repairing the top and also fixing the playability issues. I had the guitar back in less than a week. I could not be more pleased with the result. On close inspection you can tell that the top was repaired, but a casual observer would not notice it. An excellent result considering that some wood fiber had been lost.
The guitar sounds as good as it did before the accident and is now a joy to play.
I would trust DJ with any instrument.
Epiphone Casino Elite
D.J. - I gotta thank you again for the fret job. After you left, I was so psyched, I sat and played 'til midnight. I can't remember my Les Paul ever playing as smooth and clean as it does now: the neck looks and feels like a dream and it's in tune all over like it never was before. Awesome!
1978 Gibson Les Paul Custom
DJ ~ I am very pleased with the Nylgut strings you put on my Martin 1-T. They give a sound that is pure uke. Let me think about the banjo a bit before I switch those strings over because I want a steel sound sometimes.
60's Martin 1-T uke
Hey DJ - bass sounds as crisp as lettuce : ) thx so much.
DJ - my son was so happy to plug-n-play. Says the action feels great. Thanks again &
Ibanez Roadstar II
Tnx again, DJ. AMAZING, AMAZING work! Much appreciated.
Custom 1959 Les Paul Standard Vintage
The new bone nut is awesome! The guitar looks brand new and the fret job is amazing. Even the buckle rash on the back is less noticeable. Thanks again.
Gibson Les Paul
Hi D.J. - thank you so much for the work you did! I honestly couldn't be happier. It's like having 2 new guitars instead of just 1 as I have never been able to play the V. You did an outstanding job on both of them; they play and sound amazing. I'll definitely be in touch with my next batch of setups. I've got some things planned, just need to order some parts and finalize what I want to do.
Fender Jim Root Signature Jazzmaster
Jackson Flying V