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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Electric 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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  • 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 (Electric)

    Broken connection at jack, faulty switch, short in wiring, poor solder joint.

  • ELECTRICS NOT WORKING (Acoustic/Electric)

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

  • HEADSTOCK BROKEN OFF OR CRACKED AT NECK

    This is a very common injury, especially with Gibsons and more especially with Les Paul models. We see it nearly every week and are able to fix nearly every case, much to the owner’s relief. The best thing to do to bring the guitar in to the shop as soon as possible. DO NOT TRY TO GLUE IT YOURSELF. This will make it much more difficult to fix in the end.

  • TREMOLO BRIDGE GUITAR - WON’T STAY IN TUNE OR CAN’T INTONATE

    Worn or loose locknut, guitar neck is loose, tremolo bridge pins drifting, strings pinching in nut, too much drag through nut and string trees.

  • 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.

  • PICKUPS HUM

    Poor or no ground connection, single coil p-u 60 cycle noise is accentuated with high-gain amp settings, shielding may be required, hum-canceling pickups may need to be installed.  .

  • PICKUPS SQUEAL / SCREECH

    This is microphonic noise and has an abrupt & uncontrollable threshold. Occurs commonly in old and/or single coil p-u’s. P-u’s may need to be wax dipped (potted) or replaced.

  • INTERMITTENT SIGNAL / CUTS OUT

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

  • VOLUME CONTROL INEFFECTIVE/ CUTS OUT TOO QUICKLY

    Control will need replacement or "tone circuit" modification.A linear potentiometer instead of usual audio pot may be desired.    

  • 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.

  • STRING ENDS STUCK IN TREMOLO BRIDGE

    Clamp blocks have been over tightened and are split and spread, locking screws are stripping and jammed from over-tightening.  In standard tremolo bridges, the holes may be too small for the string balls.  Holes will need to be enlarged.

  • STRINGS BREAK AT HEAD

    String is pinched in nut slot, sharp burr @ tension bar, string trees, or holes in string posts.

  • STRINGS BREAK AT BRIDGE

    Saddles worn, sharp burr at saddles or string anchor point. Saddle crown too steep or sharp.

  • STRINGS BREAK IN MIDDLE

    Worn or sharp frets; "ding" in frets - strings too old – more frequent string replacement required.    

  • 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.

  • AWKWARD CONTROL PLACEMENT OR FEW CONTROL OPTIONS

    Guitar can be rewired to suit needs of player.

             

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  • SIGNAL BREAKS UP

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

  • 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.

  • 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.