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, faulty switch, short in wiring, poor solder joint.
Broken connection at jack, dead battery, short at battery cap, broken pickup, controls need cleaning.
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.
Worn or loose locknut, guitar neck is loose, tremolo bridge pins drifting, strings pinching in nut, too much drag through nut and string trees.
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.
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. .
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.
Bad solder connection or switch, hot circuit may be touching ground wire somewhere in controls, corroded jack contacts.
Control will need replacement or "tone circuit" modification.A linear potentiometer instead of usual audio pot may be desired.
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.
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.
String is pinched in nut slot, sharp burr @ tension bar, string trees, or holes in string posts.
Saddles worn, sharp burr at saddles or string anchor point. Saddle crown too steep or sharp.
Worn or sharp frets; "ding" in frets - strings too old – more frequent string replacement required.
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.
Guitar can be rewired to suit needs of player.
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Bad solder connection, faulty switch, hot/ground short aggravated by vibrations in guitar.Weak battery (active systems)
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.
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.