About Calico Guitarworks

About Calico Guitarworks

Professional Grade Guitar Care

Calico Guitarworks is the area’s premier destination for fretted musical instrument care and maintenance. Owned and managed by Erik Salomon, the shop is dedicated to providing quick, honest, and reliable service. The business previously operated under the name “Guitar Repair Long Island” from 2016-2023.

The staff at Calico Guitarworks has a combined 25+ years of professional guitar repair experience. Sharing the knowledge that we accumulate in this focused pursuit is at the core of what we do.

Our clean and organized shop space is dedicated to the purpose of caring for your prized instruments. Clients are seen one at a time, by appointment-only, in order to provide a personal touch and the highest attention to detail. We carry an assortment of quality parts and accessories to keep your instruments playing their best and we are a warranty service center for some of the industry’s leading brands.

For more about our shop’s policies and operations, please check out our F.A.Q.

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Service You can Count On

Take a look at what our clients have said about us on Google.
Joe ForgioneJoe Forgione
00:42 17 Aug 23
Eric does the most amazing work. Just picked up my third guitar I had him set up for me. Don’t bring your guitar anywhere else!
Will BartWill Bart
15:29 20 Jun 23
Erik is the go to guy for all your six string needs!Always thorough and will never cut corners just to finish a project on time. Tells you like it is which is what I want from the person keeping my gear up to snuff.Been using GRLI for years and don't see that changing anytime soon!
David AlfoDavid Alfo
02:02 17 Jun 23
Another great job! Repaired broken Hipshot tuner, and set up on my multiscale!
lee stockerlee stocker
22:58 04 May 23
Always prompt professional care
Joshua TefelJoshua Tefel
20:42 02 Apr 23
Erik made everything so easy! It’s been very tough to find someone who both respects your guitars they way you do but also makes every skill level feel comfortable. If you have a guitar that needs some love, bring it here. I’ve brought in 3 guitars the past few weeks and they are playing better in ways I didn’t realize what I was missing.
Nicholas MitchellNicholas Mitchell
23:58 15 Mar 23
Had a great experience working with Erik on the recent pickup replacement and setup of my Jazz Bass. I appreciated the online booking of the drop-off and pickup time for my instrument. Erik took note of all my concerns and questions and answered them sincerely and professionally. The shop was clean and organized and the price list was reasonable considering the personal attention provided. The work was done flawlessly and I'm extremely happy with the way my instrument is playing. I will definitely be back and would highly recommend Guitar Repair Long Island for the services they offer.

Meet the Staff

Erik Salomon

Owner / Head Technician

Erik is the founder of Calico Guitarworks and the principal behind the E-Commerce website GuitarRepairParts.com. He received his bachelor of music degree (BM) from Five Towns College in May of 2010. The Valedictorian of his graduating class, he also received the ‘Audio Recording Technology Award’ at commencement.

While a student, Erik pursued an interest in musical instrument repair through independent study. After landing an apprenticeship at a local shop, he was soon repairing instruments for his classmates and professors. By the time of graduation, Erik was overseeing a busy in-store repair shop for the country’s largest music retailer. Before leaving in 2016 to pursue his own business, he served as an “area specialist” for the corporation. In this capacity, he assisted with the hiring and training of new technicians within the company.

As a musician, Erik has experience ranging from open-mic nights to multi-state tours. He has performed with original rock bands, award-wining collegiate ensembles, bar and wedding bands, as well as solo-acoustic shows. Erik has also recorded three albums of original music. These days, his interests are focused around running, rock-climbing, and travel. He lives with his wife and their pet cats.


Guitar Technician

Andrew graduated from Five Towns College in 2011 with a degree in Music Education. A member of the Phi Sigma Eta Honor Society, he received the Provost’s Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement upon graduation.

Andrew began apprenticing under Erik Salomon in 2014. As Calico Guitarworks came to fruition, he was the obvious first hire. Andrew shares the values of integrity and craftsmanship that the business is known for. Reserved and exceptionally capable, he is a trusted confidant and has been an integral part of the business almost since inception. His chief responsibilities in shop are setups and fretwork. 

In addition to his work as a repairman, Andrew is also a professional solo guitarist/vocalist for weddings and special events. He lives in Ronkonkoma with his wife, two children, and their dogs.

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