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Full-Service Repair Shop

Curbside pick up & private viewing appointments available upon request.

Beginning musicians, seasoned pros, or just artists on a mission to uncover that perfect tone - we're got you covered.


We stock guitars, amplifiers and effects - everything you need to get your sound customized to showcase your unique playing style. Take your tone to the next level with custom design and building - if you can dream it, we can build it.

Call us to schedule your drop off or appointment.

+1 217-546-1615

Our Specialties

We have the largest selection of tubes in the Midwest.

If we don't have it we can find it!

  • tube amp repair, modification, & restoration

  • professional installation of pickups on acoustic & electric guitars, banjos, resonators, and violins

  • large selection of guitar, bass & amplifier parts

  • tech support for touring musicians

  • training for tour techs

  • design, layout & assembly of custom tour racks

  • full wood shop for instrument repair & finishing

  • custom winding & repair of pickups

  • custom electronic applications for instruments

Meet Mark Tate

Mark Tate, a Springfield, Illinois native, has owned and operated The Luthier Shoppe since 1985, in addition to mixing sound and monitors for a large variety of artists across the musical spectrum.


His knowledge from touring with world class musicians paired with his 20+ years learning from esteemed electronic repairmen and instrument builders make his guidance and service one of a kind.


Guild of American Luthiers

Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans

What people are saying


Mark is fantastic! His knowledge  and skill amazed me...he changed out a guitar neck in minutes! Honest and trustworthy business man. Highly recommended for any work where you only want a professional!


Brought my Strat to Mark for a setup and had some electronic work on volume knob done - it has never played or sounded better. Very reasonable  and high quality work. Thank you Mark!



If Superman was a luthier instead of a journalist, his name would be Mark Tate. Mark is the best in the business and can pretty much fix anything: banjos, guitars, amplifiers etc. I will forever be a customer after experiencing his excellent customer service, jokes and knowledge.



Mark at The Luthier Shoppe is a very smalrt and knowledgeable technician. I was absolutely ecstatic when he was able to repair my amp the same day I took it in to him at a very reasonable price. I highly recommend The Luthier Shoppe for any guitar or amp needs.





The bottom line is that Mark is an extremely talented luthier, amp tech, and all around electronics repair tech.



The breadth and depth of Mark's knowledge of all things built with tubes, transistors and strings boggles my mind.



Mark is the most comprehensive guitar tech I have come across in central Illinois.



Top quality work and most importantly, attention to detail. I'll definitely be a returning customer. Thanks Mark!

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