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Do I need a setup?

This text is currently under review due to a change in pricing structure. A fully up to date article will be published ASAP!


Setup prices

Electric, Acoustic & Bass£75.00
Vibrato£80.00
Floyd Rose£90.00

All are 'FROM' as some guitars may (most don't) need new parts fitting e.g. a new top nut, acoustic bridge saddle etc. No extra work will be done without your consent. PLEASE NOTE THAT I AM CHANGING MY PRICING STRUCTURE AND I AM NOW ASSUMING THAT EVERY GUITAR WILL BE FRET LEVELLED BEFORE A SETUP. THAT IS WHY THESE STATED PRICES SEEM RATHER HIGH! I WILL BE PUBLISHING A FULLY DETAILED ARTICLE ASAP! Prices DO NOT include strings.



Prices explained

There are lots of different makes and models of guitars out there - most with 6 strings, some with 7 strings, 12 strings, acoustic, arch-top, vibrato unit, no vibrato unit, Floyd Rose vibrato unit, truss rod only accessible by taking the neck off!...

What I mean is that some guitars are more complicated or time consuming to work on than others so I have a basic price for different types of guitar. Guitars with Floyd Rose style units are the most time consuming and so more expensive but, I can assure you, it is money well spent! If you think you have a setup problem that could be solved without going to the expense of a full setup then please contact me to discuss.


Setups process

1

The strings are slackened off prior to cutting to avoid damage to the guitar (and my eyes!)

2

The fretboard is cleaned and oiled. Lacquered boards should only be cleaned with polish - never oil

4

Machine heads and string trees are tightened as they invariably work loose over time

3

The guitar body and hardware is cleaned - much easier with the strings off!

5

New strings are fitted, tuned to pitch and 'stretched in'

6

Neck relief is set using the truss rod

8

The 'action' (string height) is set at the bridge for each string

7

The nut slots are cut to optimum depth and lubricated

9

The pickups are adjusted to optimum height under the strings

10

The 'intonation' is set. This step is crucial for the guitar to play in tune