CJ + Ben

CJ + Ben


Playing music his whole life, CJ entered the USAF and played in the well known NORAD COMMAND BAND in Colorado springs in the mid 70”s. Upon his discharge, CJ played with several bands while living in Philadelphia and attended the Eastern School of Musical Instrument Repair, graduating with honors.

Over the next decade Cj earned his living as a police officer in his home town of ROSELLE, NJ. When he was injured he retired and began his journey as a guitar tech by attending SOUTH PLAINS STATE COLLEGE in Levelland, Texas. Graduating in 1993 CJ opened RARITAN BAY GUITAR REPAIR IN FREEHOLD, NJ AND OVER THE NEXT 25 YEARS BUILT UP THE LARGEST AND BUSIEST SHOP ON THE EAST COAST. After his partner Kyle bought the business from CJ he moved to his current location at JERSEY SHORE GUITAR AND AMP REPAIR, IN TOMS RIVER NJ.

WORKING WITH Ben Cotta, CJ brings his lifetime of experience teching to the bench and is excited about helping Ben build a great business here in Toms River.!!!

CJ loves jazz and bluegrass and is a jazz vocalist who works on a limited but steady basis..


The founder of Jersey Shore Guitar and Instrument Repair, Benjamin Cotta attended the Eastern School of Fretted Instrument Repair owned by Raritan Bay Guitar Repair and started working there since his graduation. Prior to that, he worked for Guitar Center for 2 years. Since leaving guitar center, Benjamin has been working out of his shop in his home. His vision was to open a store front where musicians from all over New Jersey could come, have a coffee, and discuss music while having their guitar serviced. After discussing this vision with his former teacher/owner of Raritan Bay Guitar Repair Joseph Civitano (also known as "CJ"), who has been in the business for over 20 years, they decided to make this vision a reality. 

Ben and CJ decided to open a store front in Toms River, NJ. Jersey Shore Guitar and Instrument Repair takes their craft very seriously and the company treats each instrument as if it were their own most prized possession. 

Jersey Shore Guitar repair enjoys helping local bands by offering  tech services on site.


We Also offer Live Music Entertainment for your Event, Private Party or Wedding.  For Booking Info, visit my bands page at ChangingLanes!