Guitar, Uke & Banjo repairs - Luthier & maker

Listing #: 714493436
Business name: Barebones Folk Instrument­s
Location: Waterview
Auckland City
About: I have been working on and building stringed and percussion instrument­s since 1998
Services offered: Builder of stringed instruments and Cajon's Maintenance/repair of stringed instruments.
Areas serviced: NZ wide
Availability: Subject to workload, priority given to repairs.
Why the name “Barebones Folk Instruments”, you ask? My nickname is “Bones”, I build great sounding, reliable instruments without the fancy inlays, sound-hole rosettes, bindings etc. Decorative enhancement does not necessarily increase sound quality, only the price.

With a passion for Banjos, I also re-furbish old instruments and re-building others into hybrid & short scale Tenor banjos, Banjo Ukes' and 8 string Banjos.

My "Crown" and "Trad" series stringed models can be obtained in Octave Mandolin, Guitar, Mandola, Banjola, Mandolin & Ukulele, often available ex- our showroom or to order.
Select woods available for special orders.
Custom Instruments made to order.
Cajons, percussion shakers

*Maintenance/repair of fretted stringed instruments –subject to inspection.

*Banjo repairs and set-ups

*Builder of Stringed Instruments:

*Octave Mandolins.

*Crown model Ukuleles - available or to order in Concert, Tenor or Baritone scale.

*Pick-ups installed

*Trad model Ukuleles available or to order in Tenor, Baritone, Concert or Soprano scale.

*Hybrid Tenor Banjo’s and Banjo Ukuleles.....or I can convert your existing one.

*Cajon's. See a U-Tube demo at:
Also models fitted with an internal, bass kick pedal. See a U-Tube demo at:

*Concept instruments (weird stuff you can’t buy)...Ask me.

*Stage and movie props - fake or playable.

*Please view/see photos of my workmanship and instruments I have built.

“THE SCREAMIN" LARKINS” band, 4-5 piece - bush folk rock/Irish.
Acoustic & Electric Guitars, Fiddle, Banjo, Mandolin, Bodhran, Pipes and Whistles.

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Highly recommend Bones. I bought an old banjo from an op shop as a Christmas present for hubby. I had no idea if I'd bought a good one or not. I had no idea where to take it to be restored. I did a google search & came across Bones' on Trademe. I am so glad I found him! He has restored the banjo to playing condition at a very reasonable cost, told me lots about it & I can't wait to give it to my hubby for Christmas (even though it's 6 mths away). Thanks heaps Bones!
malita (811 811 positive feedback) Address Verified Jun 2020  Mon 08 Jun
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: As always, a pleasure to bring that old Banjoline up to scratch.. Enjoy :)
I got in contact with Bones because i needed a new skin for an 8 stringed banjo Uke. He not only supplied a new skin but also an original bridge for this instrument. On top of that he sent me some history of where and when this instrument was made. It blew me away.He has been an amazing help to me during this restoration. I cant thank him enough. Once again - Thank you very much Bones
overspray (212 212 positive feedback) Address Verified Oct 2019  Tue 19 May
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Many thanks, glad I could help supply the parts you needed.
Bones helped me source and fit new tuning pegs on my mandolin and also made a custom feedback buster for an unusual shaped sound hole on my guitar, all the while sharing great stories and friendly banter. I loved playing the tenor Mandolins in his workshop too! They sound amazing and each one has it's own personality. A great guy to hang out with! I'll be back :) Thank you Bones!
smallfish1 (104 104 positive feedback) Address Verified Dec 2018  Mon 17 Dec
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Great to meet you Karen, I'll look forward to your next visit.
I couldn't be happier with my new tenor banjo and the incredible service provided by Bones. He went absolutely above and beyond in restoring an old Slingerland to create an instrument that plays superbly. Bones is a first class craftsman with a rare integrity who truly cares about his instruments and his customers. An excellent and honest maker and repairman who I would recommend to anyone. Thanks a million Bones!
salbass (1 1 positive feedback) Address Verified Dec 2018  Sat 01 Dec
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Glad we could restore it for you. Cheers, Bones.
Had my Lag guitar checked over by Graham what a legend bloody nice honest guy. Will highly recommend him to everyone I know that plays a string instrument. Thanks for your help. Regards Tony
nobby15 (59 59 positive feedback)  Wed 12 Sep
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Great to meet you Tony, happy to be of help too.
Excellent trader knowledgeble , pleasant to work with and excellent craftsman! highly recommended kjvman
kjman (53 53 positive feedback)  Fri 12 Jan
Took my old Banjo to Bones on Monday (it was in a bad way) two days later I have it back cleaned re strung and playable, fantastic service, great value for money, very happy with the end result. Bones even gave me some history on the Banjo, thanks Bones great to have meet you Eugene
sjf3 (332 332 positive feedback)  Thu 24 Aug
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: I'm glad I could help out, I love working on old banjos and getting them going again.. thanks for your custom and best regards ... Bones.
Graham listened and watched me bend strings to pull into pitch... up the fret board. I then I left my expensive hand made instrument with him. Graham came back with suggestions and between us we fixed those damn intonation problems. I recommend Graham to anyone having issues with their stringed instruments.
soundlightstage (62 62 positive feedback) Address Verified Oct 2019  Wed 16 Aug
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Cheers, happy that I was able to help with the issues and get that uke back to sounding great.
Excellent Work! restored my flatmate's broken guitar! very skillful and great attention to the detail! Sorry for very late review! Graham is very very nice person!
antonio4tw (208 208 positive feedback)  Thu 23 Mar
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Many thanks for your kind words, glad I could help and that the job came out successfully. Best regards.... Bones
Top quality work and super friendly and helpful. Cares about his customers and the integrity of his work. Absolutely recommend!
slon428 (46 46 positive feedback) Address Verified Dec 2018  Mon 23 Jan
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Happy to have been of service. Thank you for your custom.
I would recommend Bones... first class repair work and good communications. Jon C
jon120 (84 84 positive feedback) Address Verified Jul 2019  Wed 16 Nov
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Thank you for your custom Jon, I love working on those old banjos and am pleased that we could get it playable again for you.
I love my new Beautiful ukulele!! Very good quality with solid wood and delicate work. Thank you very much for being patient and nice to my fussy requests. He completely understood what I wanted with a quick reply to solve the problems. Every time when I play the ukulele that you made, I can tell how you love the musical instrument. It will be my last ukulele!
mihon (11861 11861 positive feedback) Address Verified Apr 2018  Wed 19 Oct
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Thank you for your kind words and for being a great customer.
I cannot begin to sing the well deserved praises of Graham's personable, informative, creative, knowledgeable and empathetic rapport he quickly established in the tireless exchange of emails that transpired in allowing me to be a BIG part of the creative making of what now has turned out to be my now handsome, technically and aesthetically beautifully crafted one of a kind concert ukulele! The technical precision and balance of woods used is just amazing. Genuine thanks just doesn't seem enough.
brideeshere (739 739 positive feedback)  Tue 21 Apr
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Thank you Dee, It's been a pleasure. I'm glad your goddaughter liked the Cajon too.
Cajon with bass pedal....Used the drum on Sunday.... folks loved it!! Mic'd up really nicely and sound was great... easy to use... Awesome drum!!
pete38 (526 526 positive feedback)  Wed 15 Apr
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Thank you for your feedback Andrew. I'm glad it was a hit. Cheers for your custom.
Hi there, i was just wondering if you were selling any more of the cajon's? was interesting in buying one, and where would pick up be? would be great to hear back from you thanks!
ash-fash (46 46 positive feedback)  Mon 27 Oct
Hi - not quite sure what happened but I missed the Buy Now you added for me. Still very keen, especially after reading the reviews. My contact details are Many thanks
bkenyon (388 388 positive feedback)  Thu 18 Sep
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Thank you, will contact you. Sorry but someone else got in before you when I put up the buy now..
We've recently bought two of Bones's phoenix banjos - a tenor and a tenor banjo uke. Really respect the craftsmanship and the passion that goes into these instruments, they're both a joy to play. Bones is always happy to chat about what he's up to and take the time to have a look at an instrument - a real craftsman and a great guy to deal with.
samprebble (17 17 positive feedback)  Wed 23 Jul
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Many thanks Sam for your support and kind feedback. Always a pleasure to deal with you, and thanks for forwarding the U-tube clips with the Tenor Banjo. Great song.....thank you<br />v=HQrMjy5SJS4
Thanks Graham for your efforts and expertise in matching the paua inserts so closely and for your workmanship Cheers Murray
muzza151 (55 55 positive feedback)  Wed 19 Feb
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: Thank you Murray. I'm glad it worked out. Great guitar too.
Recently visited Graham [Bones] with a collection of old ukes that needed sorting. Thanks Graham for generously giving your time and expertise to get things fixed. I was very impressed by the quality and sound of your hand made instruments. Thanks again Graham. Regards Chris.
lepome (100 100 positive feedback) Address Verified Jul 2019  Tue 22 Oct
As a left handed instrument player, access to affordable quality instruments (other than guitars) was once an issue for me - but no longer. If customer satisfaction is measured by repeat business, then the only thing I need to add is that since 2005, I have become the owner of THREE Barebones instruments, and I wouldn't willingly part with any of them.
nikkiwi (177 177 positive feedback)  Fri 18 Oct
Graham "Bones" Hurlock: You are indeed a valued client, supporter and great friend of Barebones. Thank you for your continued custom. Enjoy:)
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