A properly setup instrument can make a $100 guitar feel like a million bucks. A setup is not a single action but rather a process that alters the guitar to suit the playing needs, style and sound of the musician. Electric guitars and basses are also among the more "finicky" instruments with so many variables causing unwanted buzzes, crackles and twangs which are usually the result of seasonal changes in humidity and temperature. Even a brand new premium instrument may need a setup to play the way the customer intends.

Repairs & Modificaitons

Perhaps you have an old family guitar that you would like to play again or your guitar needs some fixing after playing an awesome show last Saturday night. We enjoy working with musicians to resolve your instrument's issues and get  your gear back in top notch shape. If you want to install new pickups, carve a new neck or experiment with the latest gadget we are happy to help.

I focus primarily on electric guitars however we have several partner companies we can refer you to if your  banjo, mandolin, lap steel, violin, ukulele, hurdy gurdy or other zither type instrument needs some work.

I offer variable rates that start at $25/hour + materials. Give us a call or email for a quote on your project.

Guitar Setup

Setups are charged an hourly rate + parts. Setups do not typically take more than 1 -2 hour and can be picked up within a day or two of drop off. Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to book an appointment.

A typical setup would include the following (if necessary):

  • Truss rod adjustment to add/remove relief
  • Check for relief at the nut, 12th fret and last fret
  • Check nut for cracks, buzzes and worn out nut and saddle slots
  • Adjust pickup height to specs
  • Check intonation
  • Check electronics and clean or replace if badly worn
  • Check frets for high/low spots
  • Clean frets
  • Oil fretboard
  • Replace strings
  • Adjust action height to customer's specs
  • Tighten hardware
  • Polish and Clean

Due to the nature of guitar building I may have my hands covered in glue or a few inches from a bandsaw blade.

It is best to email me with any questions and I will get back to you within 2 business days at the latest.

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