Meet the Staff
Dean, The Eastern School of Fretted Instrument Repair
Road Tech, The Gaslight Anthem
Kyle Roggendorf has spent his entire life since the age of 24 in and around music and rock bands. Both as a player and a tech Kyle has made his mark. Dedicating himself to the perfection of his craft, Kyle has worked through the years with many bands and artists. Some of which include: The Gaslight Anthem, The Bouncing Souls, Odor Sister, Hot Water Music, Dave Hause, Armored Saint, Motor Sister, Scott Ian, John Tempsta, Jewel, Seven Witches , The Bronx Casket Company, famed guitarist Jack Frost, A Pale Horse Named Death, Dave Simmons, Overkill, Bayside, Boys Set Fire and Vision. While Kyle is on the road ensuring these and other artists have the highest quality instruments, The Raritan Bay Guitar Repair STAFF holds down the fort and continues to produce the finest String Instrument & Amplifier Repair on the east coast. If Kyle was not busy enough, he also over-sees the Eastern School of Fretted Instrument Repair. Please click on our school website button to see semester dates and curriculum covered in our in-depth Repair Program.
Guitar Repair Tech
Sr. Instructor, Eastern School of Fretted Instrument Repair
Eric is one of our in house technicians & is the Sr. Instructor of the luthier repair school. Retiring with 23 years in the military, Eric attended the Eastern School of Fretted Instrument Repair & graduated in 2012. He interned one year with Raritan Bay Guitar before working the next 4 years with Guitar Center (Oxford Valley, PA). Eric returned to Raritan Bay Guitar Repair in 2016 & in 2017 took over the reigns of the repair school that he himself attended. Eric grew up in Louisiana where he was constantly surrounded by music. Eric has a background in guitars and trumpet. His knowledge of the instrument, attention to detail & ability to understand the customers expectations, makes the customer experience one of confidence & ease.
Guitar Repair Tech
Dan Koncelik is one of our in house technicians. He graduated from the Eastern School of Fretted Instrument Repair in 2010. Immediately after graduation, Dan began his internship & quickly became full-time team member of the Raritan family. Dan specializes in ethnic & exotic instruments from about anywhere i.e. (European, Middle East, Eastern, African instruments). Dan is an excellent guitarist & percussionist. Dan brings peace to Raritan Bay Guitar Repair & we are fortunate to have Dan with us.
Guitar Repair Tech
Kyle Howey, otherwise known as "Howey", is a graduate of the Eastern School of Fretted Instrument Repair. He has been playing guitar for 10 years with a huge passion for music. Howey has been in the repair business since 2014 under the watchful eye of Eric Sisterhen and Kyle Roggendorf. Howey spent 3 years as a Guitar Technician at Guitar Center: Oxford Valley & East Brunswick as well as a Quality Control for Floyd Rose. In 2017, Howey was recruited by Raritan Bay Guitar Repair and has been a permanent member ever since. He treats both customers and their instruments with the same respect as he would his own instruments. He loves seeing customers happy with the results and will work with you to get it the way you want, as well as how you prefer your instrument to play.
Toms River Location
Owner – Jersey Shore Guitar
Benjamin Cotta is the owner of Jersey Shore Guitar and Instrument Repair. When Benjamin was in grammar school he was sitting on a friends couch while his friend was playing the bass, after feeling the vibrations of the instrument he knew his life would never be the same. Benjamin learned how to play the bass and has played in bands such as lemon juice, devil’s holiday and many other side projects. He current plays the bass in a band called Changing Lanes which travels through the tri-state area to perform.
Benjamin attended the Eastern School of Fretted Instrument Repair and then worked at Guitar Center as a Guitar Tech for two and a half years. He also worked at his former school for about a year while he saved up for his business.
Benjamin shows great attention to detail and treats every instrument as if it were his own. He doesn’t believe in just throwing instruments away or selling them, he takes them apart piece by piece and then repairs them to make them look, sound and feel better than they ever did before. Benjamin likes the challenge of cracks, neck repairs and electronics because he understands the instrument is a extension of the customer and is not something that is easily replaceable.
Benjamin opened up Jersey Shore Guitar Repair (a franchise of Repair Guitar) in November 2016 in Toms River, NJ.
Scotch Plains Location
Bob LongoOwner – Guitar Repair Services
Guitar Repair Services was formed in 2014 after 40 years of inspiration for the guitar. I couldn’t possibly begin to describe that kind of journey without first thanking my father for seeing some sort of talent in me when I was eight years old. Thanks dad R.I.P.. Beginning in the late seventies and through the eighties of some of the most unbelievable musicians of our time, my interest grew as a kid when I saw Eddie Van Halen’s first Frankenstrat. I then realized you could build your own guitars to your liking. You didn’t have to settle for run of the mill store bought guitars. After years of building my own guitars I decided to get officially schooled in fretted instrument repair. I chose The Eastern School of Fretted Instrument Repair In Freehold N.J. under the direction of Joseph Civitano and Kyle Roggendorff. Today we are together servicing Ocean county, Middlesex county, Union county , Essex county and the tri state area. Our three locations in Freehold, Toms River, and Scotch Plains New Jersey are full service facilities catering to all aspects of fretted instrument repair. My new shop recently opened in March of 2017 in the downtown area of Scotch Plains N.J. just 2 blocks from Route 22. My objective is simple. Provide quality craftsmanship, in a timely manner,with attention to each players needs. We do the repairs others won’t. Hope to see you not only as a customer but as a fellow musician.