About Doug Heydon
Doug Heydon, Luthier is a full-service musical instrument repair shop located near Eugene in Springfield, Oregon. All types of luthery are offered, including everything from modern electric guitar re-wiring and re-fretting to restoration of antique stringed instruments. The shop specializes in repair, restoration, set-up and sales, and even new construction of Classical double basses. It is the only complete bass shop in the area, with a good inventory of new and used basses in all price ranges and a complete line of accessories such as bows, bags, strings and pick-ups. Call either 541-953-0575 or 541-746-1060 for an appointment.
With over 30 years of experience, there are not many instruments or repairs that I haven’t encountered. As a touring musician during the 1970s and early 80s, I was employed both to play bass and to do tech maintainence on the group’s instruments. After retiring from the road, I worked in both sales and repairs in a prominent S.F. Bay Area music store. After raising a daughter, I finally decided to follow my life’s dream and open a luthery. After 11 years, I can say that this has been a very rewarding experience. Nothing gives me more satisfaction than taking someone’s battered and broken bass or guitar and making it sing again, allowing it to continue to bring pleasure to it’s owner and to those who listen. I have restored instruments from as long ago as the early 18th century, basses that were literally in pieces when they came to me, A recently completed new bass
and to hear them again after years of silence is truly moving.
Realizing that a 1/4 or 1/2 size instrument for a child is a big investment, I have initiated an exclusive policy regarding these. For example, when it is time to move up to the next size bass, I will credit the purchaser with full price (less wear and tear) toward the purchase of the next instrument. This allows you to buy the child a very good instrument with the knowledge that I, rather than you, will be responsible for re-selling it. Call for details.