Guitar Doctor - Whitman, Massachusetts  USA

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Guitar Doctor

659 Bedford St. (Rt.18)

Whitman, MA 02382 USA

(781)447-4520

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Acoustic Guitar Repairs

- Problems & Fixes -


We will make your guitar play its very best so that YOU can play your BEST.



*The answers below are not meant as a do-it-yourself guide but as a general description of what could be wrong and what the fix might be.

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  • WON’T TUNE WELL

    May need saddle slot filled and re-cut — May need good setup — May need tuners tightened or replaced or installation of "intonated saddle"

  • FRET BUZZ

    Frets may be worn deeply from heavy use with open chords – needs fret dressing or partial fret replacement or maybe just a good set-up.

  • HEEL SEPARATION FROM BODY

    Reset neck on better guitars. "Salvage" fix on cheap guitars involves penetrating glue and a bolt through heel and neck block, disguised with a strap button.

  • HIGH ACTION THAT CAN’T BE ADJUSTED

    Bridge and saddle profiling for mild case — May need neck reset for severe case

  • HUMP IN NECK AT BODY

    Fret dressing for mild hump — re-fret and/or fingerboard leveling for severe cases.

  • DEEP CRACK W/ GAP (WON’T CLOSE)

    Needs re-humidification of guitar before gluing then it will be splinted, reinforced from inside and then refinished if desired.

  • CRACK IN FACE OR SIDE

    Needs careful glue, clamp, refinish and reinforcement on the side. May also need re-humidification of guitar before gluing.

  • WHAT IS A SET-UP?

    Almost every guitar needs a "set-up" every few years. Even seasonal changes in weather can cause need for a set-up or at least an adjustment.

    A set-up entails many steps: nut, bridge and saddle adjustments (may require shimming, slotting, etc.), intonation, neck alignment, fret height and/or fret edge de-burring, finger board cleaning, pick-up height adjustment and more. If more is needed, we will be able to say once we can look at the guitar.

    There is no set price for a set-up, as every instrument has its own level of need but most guitars take about one hour (plus new strings). That said, our shop rate is $68.00/hr. Obviously, the better shape the guitar is in the less time it will take.

  • HIGH ACTION

    Too much neck relief, nut slots not deep enough, bridge/saddles too high, or any combination of these.

  • LOW ACTION, NOTES BUZZING

    Neck is back-bowed, nut slots too deep, bridge/saddles too low, or any combination of these. May need fretwork to maintain clean playing if you want to keep low action.

  • ELECTRICS NOT WORKING (Acoustic)

    Broken connection at jack, dead battery, short at battery cap, broken pickup, controls need cleaning.

  • SCRATCHY SOUND WHEN KNOBS TURNED

    Controls need cleaning or replacement.

  • GETS BUZZY IN SUMMER/ HARD TO PLAY IN WINTER

    Guitar is humidity sensitive and requires seasonal maintenance, especially truss rod adjustment. May want to purchase in-case guitar humidifier for winter.

  • INTERMITTENT SIGNAL / CUTS OUT

    Bad solder connection or switch, hot circuit may be touching ground wire somewhere in controls, corroded jack contacts.

  • BUZZING / DEAD NOTES ON NECK

    Truss rod too tight, worn frets, poor set-up, poor fretwork from factory. Will need set-up or fret work.

  • FINGER NOISE ON STRINGS

    Strings are old and tarnished or rusted, frets need cleaning & polishing, flat or semi-flat wound strings may be desired.

  • ACTIVE PICKUPS (such as EMG) BREAK UP OR WEAKEN

    Replace battery - usually lasts 1 to 2 years - Unplug guitar when not in use to save battery.

  • STRAP BUTTON LOOSE

    Stripped or worn screw hole. Hole needs to be plugged with wood and re-drilled.

  • SIGNAL BREAKS UP (Electric/Acoustic)

    Bad solder connection, faulty switch, hot/ground short aggravated by vibrations in guitar. Weak battery.

  • CRACKED OR BROKEN NECK OR HEAD

    Don’t fix it yourself!!!!! Nothing is harder to fix than a bad repair. This is often an inexpensive repair except for refinishing the damaged area on more expensive instruments with colored paint or stain.

  • OPEN STRING TWANGS IN NUT

    Nut slot too wide, not enough back tension behind nut, nut slot cut too low.

  • BROKEN OR CHIPPED NUT

    This can often be repaired with "dental" style filling and re-cutting, otherwise nut replacement is required.

  • CONVERT RIGHT HANDED GUITAR FOR LEFT HANDED PLAYER

    May need adjustment of saddle(s), bridge, pickguard, and/or controls. Nut will need reslotting or replacement. Difficulty of work depends on guitar. This may not be possible if the guitar has a cut-out at the top of the body.

  • HOW MUCH WILL THE REPAIR COST?

    We can't say what the problem is without seeing the guitar, but we would be happy to have a look and give an estimate at no charge.

    That said, our shop rate is $68.00/hr. Obviously, the better shape the guitar is in, the less time it will take.