A Note About Guitar Setups
As experienced guitar repairers, we have learned a thing or two about what makes guitars work. We want to make sure that you are getting the absolute best out of your instrument. The way to achieve this is by having your guitar set up, which means making adjustments to the guitar to ensure that the guitar functions to the best of it's ability, and that it plays great!
Although it would be great if all guitars sounded perfect and played like a dream straight from the factory floor, there are many factors that will stop your guitar achieving it's full potential. Current manufacturing quality control, relative humidity, and how the instrument is cared for are all factors that act to make your guitar not play well.
To ensure that your instrument remains well maintained, we recommend that any guitar is booked in for setup work on at least an annual basis.
By understanding how guitars work, we have devised our setups structure to save you money and time. Please choose from the following:
£50 + cost of strings
This is the basic level of work - required to bring the geometry of the guitar into tolerance and playing cleanly and comfortably without excessive fret buzz or an uncomfortably high action. Most new guitars will require this setup to ensure they play their best.
Standard Setup includes:
- Truss Rod Adjustment
- Action and Intonation adjustment
- Re-cut nut slots
- Clean and Polish.
£80 + cost of strings
If your guitar has had to go without it's proper care for a while, it may have also developed some crackly electronics, some oxidisation of the frets, and the general dirt and grime that forms on a guitar that has been missing it's upkeep. It's also possible that the guitar might have the odd high fret causing certain notes to choke out even when the guitar is set to the correct tolerances. Our Deluxe Setup ensures that all these issues are taken care of.
Deluxe Setup includes:
- Everything from our Standard Setup PLUS
- Buff Frets
- Clean and Oil Fretboard
- Set Pickups to Optimum Height
- Deep clean of the instrument
- Intonation is set with a digital strobe tuner which is accurate to 1/1000 of a semi-tone.
- Some spot levelling of the frets (done at the technician's discretion)
- Full electrical check (any replacement parts & components will incur some additional cost)
£140 + cost of strings
The more you play your guitar the more wear you will see, especially to the frets. How fast the frets wear will depend on your playing style, how much you play, what strings you use, etc, but eventually the wear and tear to the frets will be to such an extent that a full fret level is required. Also, as much as we hate to admit it, there are more than a few cases where the frets on a brand new guitar might be so uneven that they need to be levelled in order for the guitar to function properly. Our Premier Setup tackles these problems.
The Premier Setup includes:
- Everything from the Deluxe Setup PLUS
- Full fret level, crown & polish
Please note: A premium of £10 is added to the price of any setup on 12 String Guitars, Vintage Guitars, any guitar equipped with elaborate tremolo unit such as Floyd Rose, Kahler, etc.
Nut replacement (Custom Carved Bone Nut)
6 string £65
12 string £85
Nut replacement (Plastic)
6 string £30
12 string £45
Saddle replacement (Acoustic guitars)
Custom Carved Bone £65
Re-Fret: (Complete) from £225
(Partial) from £80
Headstock Breaks (finish repairs extra) Glue £100
Neck Reset £295
Bridge Reglue £145
General Electrical Repairs (parts not included)
Pickup Replacement / Fitting £30
Input Jack Replacement £25
Switch selector £30
Potentiometer (Pots) Replacement £25
Full Re-wire £80
For other guitar work please ask.
Standard labour charged at : £60 per hour
Bench Fee: £20
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Express Repair Service Standard Repair cost + £40.
*Please note all prices are for labour and do not include parts. The pricelist acts as a guide, and your repair may cost more depending on the level of work needed. Please ask for an assessment and quotation.
We provide servicing, repair and modification for all makes of modern and vintage Valve guitar Amps. Please note that due to the amount of time it can take to fault find with amplifiers we charge a £30 bench fee for all amp diagnotics. This is payable in all cases, but is refunded against the cost of the repair.
Amplifier Service: £80
Check electrical safety of the unit, Check of all components, Check and alter Bias, Check and clean all sockets, switches and Pots, Clean Valve bases, Chassis clean.
Valve Check: £40
We will check the integrity of your valves using our state of the art valve testers. This includes:
Heater filament test: Short circuit, Heater filament test: Open circuit, Heater filament test: Tolerance check, Heater cathode insulation: Leakage, Heater cathode insulation: Short Circuit.
Tests for heater current abnormalities, Amplification factor, Voltage gain, Power gain, Screen grid test, Mutual conductance test, Dual test for double triodes, Emission
Inter electrode leakage, Inter electrode short circuit, Flash-over (arc detection, high voltage breakdown), Gas ionisation test.
Repair and Modification POA (please contact us with your requirements)