Guitar setups are an interesting and rewarding side to our workshop. There is great satisfaction knowing the work you put into the repair or setup of a guitar will result in the player being able to expand his skills knowing his instrument is set up to its optimum best.
Many aspects to a guitar’s optimum playability depend on multiple factors. The fingerboard for instance is crucial to the feel and dexterity that a player will experience. Once the fingerboard is aligned, the frets must then be checked for accuracy. A rouge or lifted fret can mean a note ‘choking’ resulting in a dead sound; this can cause the player to avoid that particular area of the fretboard … not good.
The intonation and action height again can contribute hugely to a player’s positive mind-set. If the intonation is out, there will be a discrepancy in the octave. The action unduly high (at the saddle or nut) will result in difficulty achieving the right dexterity and speed.
Once we are happy with this area of playability, we can move onto other important if not crucial parts of guitar setups. These include parts that ensure overall player confidence. Attention to machine head tensions, pick up height, crackle free electrics and a general tightening down of the build all contribute to make sure your instrument will perform faultlessly. This leaves you to fill in the cleaver bits i.e. the song and the solos that the audience appreciates!
Also Included in the guitar setups service is the buffing of frets, oiling of the fingerboard, fitting of new strings (pre tensioning) and a general polishing and review of the body. Finally we do an overall playability check.
We have worked on some amazing guitars for customers of great diversity over the years. Whether it’s an electric, acoustic, bass or indeed any strung instrument, we would love to have the opportunity to improve its overall playability.
Cost of Guitar Setups
General String Change: – £12.00 plus strings (Dependent on string choice).
Electric guitar setups: Fixed bridge – £40.00 plus your personal string choice.
Electric guitar: Floating or locking trem system – £50.00 plus your personal string choice
Acoustics – £40.00 plus your personal string choice.
Bass – £40.00 plus personal string choice.
Turn-around time one to three days depending on work load.
We can arrange to have your guitar picked up and redelivered for a £10.00 each way trip within the North West. Depending on workroom activity, normal turnaround is usually within three days.
We are happy to quote for any other repair or upgrade you may require to any instrument.