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Welcome to Clipper Instruments

We're a full service guitar repair shop located in Charlottesville, Virginia. We offer repairs, upgrades, and restoration on all types of guitars and basses. We also provide appraisals of stringed instruments for insurance purposes. We operate by appointment only, click the button below to get in touch.

Our goal is to work with and educate each customer about their particular instrument. We bring skill and expertise to the mix in order to make every instrument the best it can be in the hands of the player.

About Us

Dale Hyldelund, a Graduate of Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, first opened shop in Nellysford, Virginia in 2017 as a full service guitar and bass repair shop before moving locations to Charlottesville, Virginia in early 2020. Clipper Instruments was built around the passion for music and the hands-on nature of repair and restoration.

COVID-19 Policy

*Curbside service is available, please inform us before your appointment to take advantage of this service.

We ask that all customers entering the shop wear a mask and take advantage of hand sanitizer in the lobby area. Prior to booking your appointment, please wipe down your instruments case with a disinfectant wipe or similar.

In order to protect the finish of your instrument, please do not wipe down the instrument itself; sanitization of the instrument will be handled by the luthier according to your finish type at the time of the repair and after the repair has been completed.

Some finishes (French polish, some oil finishes) cannot come into contact with any type of sanitization product and will require a three day minimum wait before we will handle the instrument.

our Services


Step 1

The Bread and Butter; almost every instrument that comes through our doors receives a set-up. Set-ups include diagnostics, buffing the frets, cleaning the fretboard, tightening all hardware, restring, nut slot adjustment, truss rod adjustment, balancing the tremolo, adjusting action, setting intonation, cleaning & checking electronics, adjusting pickups, detail & cleaning.


Step 1

Have some string buzz that just won’t go away, or have you played your instrument so much that the frets are worn down in certain spots? We guarantee precise fretwork using the Erlewine Neck Jig. We offer spot leveling, full leveling, and re-frets using Jescar nickel-silver, Jescar Stainless, or Evo fretwire.

Structural Repair

Step 1

Things happen from time to time. Broken headstocks, top-cracks, loose braces, acoustic bridges not wanting to stay glued to the top.. We’ve seen it, we’ve repaired it.

What Clipper Instruments Is All About...

Professional, friendly, timely...

Clipper instruments is the BEST place to get your guitar setup in the greater Charlottesville area. Dale is incredibly professional, friendly, and he’s a really talented luthier. I had him set up 2 electrics of mine before a studio session I had and finished them for me in a very timely, professional manner, and I’d recommend him to anyone

Appointment for the next day...

I had a loose cable jack on my guitar and I was worried that no one would be able to help me during this pandemic. I called Clipper Instruments and set up an appointment for the next day. Dale fixed it on the spot and even adjusted my action for me (I'm a beginner guitar player). He's very personable, friendly, and knowledgeable. I will definitely come back when I need another repair!

I'd recommend him to anyone...

Clipper Instruments is the BEST place to get your guitar setup in the greater Charlottesville area. Dale is incredibly professional, friendly, and he's a really talented luthier. I had him set up 2 electrics of mine before a studio session i had and finished them in a very timely, professional manner, and I'd recommend him to anyone.

Contact Us

Our services are available by appointment only. Fill out the form below and our team will be in touch to schedule your service.


1740 Broadway St #8 Charlottesville, VA 22902

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