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Welcome to Specht Guitars (GuitarRepairTech.ca), the home of tone! One of Nanaimo’s best guitar repair techs, luthier Oliver Specht has been making and repairing guitars for over 30 years and has earned a reputation as both a fine instrument maker and restorer. Specht Guitars are known for their quality of design, tone, and playability.

The careful selection of materials, custom approach to design, and excellence in craftsmanship are evident both in seeing and hearing these beautiful instruments. One of the specialties that has emerged in Oliver’s work over the decades has been his love of unique guitars; parlor, terz, and especially, the baritone.

Check out some audio samples and pictures of the deep, rich sounding baritones. If you have an instrument that needs some attention, or are interested in purchasing an instrument that’s custom built for you, please peruse the site and send me a message from our contact page.

Thanks for visiting!

Roly Sandoval playing his ’81 Les Paul Standard, after a recent service by Oliver.

Contact Me

You can reach me by email at oliver[at]spechtguitars.com – just replace the [at] with the @ symbol.

Phone: 1 – (250) – 754 – 8733

For instrument drop-off and pickup,

the Specht Guitars shop is located in Nanaimo, BC.

Please call or email for an appointment. Thank you!


Some services are available that may not be listed below. Contact me to set up a consultation about your guitar needs.


Pickups – installation/wiring

Tone knobs


Official Bartolini Installer

Custom Design

Unique Customer-Tailored Designs

Creative Wood Combos for Tone

Built To Your Specs





Major Structural Surgery

Headstock Repair

Neck Adjustment

Fret Dressing

French Polish

Bridge + Nut Work

Pretty Much Anything!


Roly Sandoval

I have got to give a giant shout out for my good friend Oliver Specht! He builds, he brings ’em back to life, he gets them up to snuff, he goes the extra mile and makes

David Gogo

As a long time professional guitar player, I have never learned how to do guitar repair work or set ups. Living on Vancouver Island presents a problem for me as I had a difficult time finding

Wil, of I Break Strings

My name is Wil, singer songwriter and guitarist. Oliver is a “details” man, analytical, asks questions and seems to not want to cut any corners. So if you are looking for a quick, cheap, bang it

Shelley Brown

Hey Vancouver Island musicians (north of the Malahat of course) I highly recommend Oliver Specht for all your instrument ailments and enhancements. Shelley Brown, of Sweet Potato

Ron Mollinga

When you’re a very demanding player that likes perfection, Oliver is the Luthier to see. He makes a point of listening to me and my style of playing, so I’m getting exactly what I want. All

Jim Soloway

I lived in Nanaimo for two years and Oliver did all of my guitar work for me while I was there. He’s a really solid guitar tech with a great touch for slick setups. He also

Grant McRae

I purchased one of Oliver’s very 1st instruments he ever built aprox. 25 years ago. It was a custom acoustic fretless base, 4 string. Beautiful instrument made out of Yew wood sides & back, Spruce top,

Christopher Dubinsky

“I brought my 1942 SS Stewart to Oliver for a set up, as it was likely not done at the factory; even had the original strings on it. Also he installed new tuning buttons. The guitar

Samantha Parton

Oliver, that is one of the most beautiful instruments I have ever seen . . . I will be so so proud and honored to play her!! I really am honored – we will make some

Brian Hoover

Oliver’s bass is a masterpiece. I’ve been playing basses of all kinds for 35 years and I’ve been a professional violinmaker for 20 years. I have never seen such a balance between masterful workmanship and awesome

Don McEachern

I first met Oliver through a mutual friend Greg Esposito. I had been looking for a builder to take on an imagining that had been developing for some time. Being a lover of many genres of

David Essig

Nanaimo’s musical scene is so fortunate to have stringed-instrument repair person extraordinaire Oliver Specht in its midst. I needed an emergency repair to my hand-built resonator guitar just as I was leaving on tour. Oliver came

*** NOTE: No refunds on work done or purchases - all agreements made up front. ***