Repairs and Setup Work
I offer a full range of repair and set-up options for guitars and bass. From fret leveling and fitting new pickups, to mending broken necks.
Different levels of set-ups are available, every guitar will benefit from having some work done, especially factory made or well used instruments. Quite often a cheaper guitar can be made to play as well, if not better, than a much more expensive instrument does straight off the shelf.
The Basics (£45):
Tremolo/bridge adjustments (electric), contact points lubricated. Tuner heads tightened and torque adjusted. Truss rod adjusted for correct relief. Action set according to taste. Pickup heights set. Strap buttons re-threaded.
Intonation adjusted (electric). Any sharp fret ends filed down and all frets are given a basic polish. Fretboard oiled if necessary, and everything cleaned up.
The Business (£85):
Frets leveled, recrowned, and polished to a mirror sheen. Fret ends profiled, and fretboard edges rolled. Nut slots filed to correct width and height. Acoustic bridge saddle adjustments for action and intonation.
Plus everything included in the basics. This level of attention is not normally seen outside of handmade or custom shop guitars and elevates an instrument to a professional standard.
Due to their nature there is no "basic" option for acoustic setups.
Straight forward cleaning and polishing is included in either setup option however not all guitars have lived a gentle life, there is a small upcharge for those that are particularly filthy.
Please note that I do have a minimum bench fee of £30, since occasionally I'll be asked to just change a single string or tighten up a loose jack socket.
All of my guitars include:
Completely handmade. No pre-made parts.
Premium hardwoods throughout. Typically ash, alder, bubinga, padauk, and mahogany for bodies. Maple and walnut tops. Many possible options not listed here, depending on availability.
Multi-laminate necks that are incredibly strong and resistant to warping. Typically maple or mahogany. Carbon fibre reinforced.
A variety of fretboard options, rosewood, ebony and maple being the most common.
Top quality hardware from companies such as Schaller, Hipshot, Sperzel. and Gotoh.
Your choice of pickups, I typically recommend Bare Knuckle and Seymour Duncan.
Custom wiring with hand selected pots, caps and switches.
SKB hard case.
The contact form can be used for further details.
Typical repair and upgrade prices:
Complete re-fret starts at £200 (+fret wire) for unbound fingerboards.
Neck break repairs start at £100 rising to £200+ if splines and refinishing are required.
New bone, horn, or brass nut cut and polished. These are made completely by hand to perfectly fit your guitar. Starting at £40 if done at the same time as a setup.
Pickup replacement £50+. This varies depending on the instrument, as a general rule strats and teles are the cheapest while hollow body or acoustic guitars are more expensive (pickups can be ordered for you).
Cavity shielding £50 (copper and/or conductive paint).
Work done alongside a setup is discounted in price, same goes for having something like a switch and pots changed at the same time as a pickup swap. Common sense stuff.
Electrical work on traditional hollow/semi-hollow guitars (Casino, 335 etc) is an additional £20.
I maintain a stock of pots (Bourns, CTS), jacks (Switchcraft), toggle and blade switches, a selection of vintage capacitors, various nut and bridge materials, and many boxes of knobs, screws etc. Anything I don't have can be ordered for you within a matter of days.