The shop, owned and run by master craftsman Norio Imai has been in business since 2003 in the Chelsea district of Manhattan, New York City. Don't let the lack of history fool you, Norio has been making and repairing stringed instruments for a while. For details on Norio, please go to the about section.
Norio cares about you and your instrument. That means unrivaled attention to detail and quality in making the instrument work for your needs. He uses his knowledge, skill and expertise gathered over the years to make you and your music happy.
As of Summer 2005, business is aaccepted by appointment only. Calls are accepted from 11am to 1pm New York time. Please leave a message on the answering machine during other hours. The shop number is 1-212-675-8408.
This is to ensure that there is enough understanding between you, the possible customer and your desires to be made real without any distraction. Our relationship is very important.
Whether it be very fine adjustment of neck action or a refret, complicated repairs, vintage exact restorations, or even finding the right volume pot, electric, steel string or gut, I am here to aid you in making your sound come to life.
My approach to all aspects of work is to offer the best solution and value for money on a long term basis.
My repair rates are probably thought of as expensive. This is, unfortunately due to the high overhead that New York City calls for. But I offer you unrivaled attention at a convenient location, that would make it worth your while in the long run.
Thanks! Norio Imai, Imai Guitars