May need saddle slot filled and re-cut — May need good setup — May need tuners tightened or replaced or installation of "intonated saddle"
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.
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.
Bridge and saddle profiling for mild case — May need neck reset for severe case
Fret dressing for mild hump — re-fret and/or fingerboard leveling for severe cases.
Needs re-humidification of guitar before gluing then it will be splinted, reinforced from inside and then refinished if desired.
Needs careful glue, clamp, refinish and reinforcement on the side. May also need re-humidification of guitar before gluing.
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.
Too much neck relief, nut slots not deep enough, bridge/saddles too high, or any combination of these.
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.
Broken connection at jack, dead battery, short at battery cap, broken pickup, controls need cleaning.
Controls need cleaning or replacement.
Guitar is humidity sensitive and requires seasonal maintenance, especially truss rod adjustment. May want to purchase in-case guitar humidifier for winter.
Bad solder connection or switch, hot circuit may be touching ground wire somewhere in controls, corroded jack contacts.
Truss rod too tight, worn frets, poor set-up, poor fretwork from factory. Will need set-up or fret work.
Strings are old and tarnished or rusted, frets need cleaning & polishing, flat or semi-flat wound strings may be desired.
Replace battery - usually lasts 1 to 2 years - Unplug guitar when not in use to save battery.
Stripped or worn screw hole. Hole needs to be plugged with wood and re-drilled.
Bad solder connection, faulty switch, hot/ground short aggravated by vibrations in guitar. Weak battery.
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.
Nut slot too wide, not enough back tension behind nut, nut slot cut too low.
This can often be repaired with "dental" style filling and re-cutting, otherwise nut replacement is required.
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.
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.