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Basic Services

Neck Adjustment - Recommended twice per year, about one month after starting/stopping home heating cycles. $10

Restring - Remove old strings, clean and oil fretboard as needed, tighten tuners as needed, install new strings and tune/stretch. $25 (does not include the cost of strings)  

Deep Cleaning, Fretboard - Remove strings. Scrape fretboard with razor, scrub frets with abrasive pad and hand polish. Oil fretboard. $25 (does not include a restring)

Deep Cleaning, Body - Remove strings.  Remove heavy oils/dirt on top of finish.  Hand polish. $40 (does not include a restring)


We begin all of the following repairs with a full instrument evaluation and an emailed estimate of cost/completion date.  This evaluation is included in the repair cost unless the repair is declined. 

Depending on our current repair schedule and instrument condition, we may decline your repair, or we may request you bring your instrument back at a later date.
$15 for standard evaluations. $30 for troubleshooting evaluations.

 

Setups
Add $20 for electric floating tremolo, 12-string guitars and other non-standard instruments.

Basic SetupRemove old strings, clean and oil fretboard as needed, tighten tuners as needed, install new strings and tune/stretch, adjust neck, calibrate nut slots, adjust saddle/string height, set intonation, check/lubricate electronics as needed, lightly clean finish.  $60 (does not include the cost of strings)

Fret Level and DressRemove old strings, tighten tuners as needed, level all frets with precision straightedge, crown frets individually, bevel fret ends, buff to mirror finish, clean and oil fretboard, install new strings and tune/stretch, adjust neck, calibrate nut slots, adjust saddle/string height, set intonation, check/lubricate electronics as needed, lightly clean finish.  $170 (does not include the cost of strings)


Nuts & Saddles
These repairs must be combined with a Restring or Setup.

New Bone Nut - Remove old nut, clean out slot, custom fit new piece, cut and calibrate nut slots, sand/buff to high gloss. Customer specify bleached or unbleached bone. $110 (includes bone nut blank). $130 for 12-string.

New Bone Saddle - Custom fit piece matching fretboard radius, intonated, sand/buff to high gloss. $75 (includes bone saddle blank)

Shim Low Nut - Remove nut (not responsible for breaks with non-bone material), shim and reglue, re-calibrate nut slots. $45


Hardware

Install Strap Button(s) - $20 for one. $25 for two. Cost includes standard fender or gibson button and felt washer.

Install New Tuners - $20 for direct fit. $40 to plug and redrill holes. $60 for vintage/non-standard tuners.  Does not include cost of tuners. Does not include restring.  


Electrical
If necessary, we remove strings to access electronics.  Costs do not include restring. Electronics that involve a circuit board subject to our approval.  Add up to $40 for archtop guitars.

TroubleshootFor unclear electrical issues, determine source of the issue and provide repair options.  $30, not included in the cost of repairs.

New Electric Output Jack - Rewire and install new standard electric guitar Switchcraft USA output jack, nut and washer. $30 (includes parts) 

New Acoustic Output Jack Rewire and install new standard “barrel” Switchcraft USA output switching jack. $55 (includes parts)

Replace Electric Control Pot - Replace pot(s) with standard USA CTS pot(s).  $65 for one and $35 for each additional (cost includes parts)
**NOTE: Metric holes in pickguard/body may need to be drilled out to fit new USA parts.  If current knobs don’t fit on standard CTS pot, we will provide a simple replacement knob that may not match the rest of the instrument.

Replace Electric Control Switch - Replace switch with like switch, USA made.  $60 for one and $30 for each additional (does not include cost of the switch)
**NOTE: if current switch tip doesn’t fit on replacement switch, we will provide a simple replacement tip that may not match the rest of the instrument.

Replace Electric Pickups - Direct fit, $50. (If modification is required, refer to Structural Repair policy at the end of this list.)

Install Acoustic Pickup (and drill tailblock jack) - LR Baggs soundhole $40.  K&K Pure Mini and most others $60.   

Install Full New Electrical Harness - Pots (up to 4), switches (up to 2), capacitors, wire, and output jack will be replaced with standard USA parts.  Metric holes in pickguard/body may need to be drilled out to fit new USA parts. If current knobs and switch tips don’t fit, we will provide simple replacements that may not match the rest of the instrument.  $175 (includes cost of parts, except switch)

For all non-standard electronics, we will evaluate and provide options and costs.

 

Restorations, Structural Damage, Refrets, Finishing, etc.
Due to the large requirement of time and attention needed for more in-depth work (like restorations, structural damage, neck resets, refrets, and finishing), we only accept a small number of these large-scale repairs every month. Acceptance first requires a Luthier evaluation, and there is usually a 2- to 3-month wait time before your instrument can be considered.  If you’d like us to take your name and contact info to be notified when a space opens up, please let us know.

These two common structural repairs can usually get into our standard schedule.

Broken Headstock Clean break $100.  Epoxy fill $150. Finish Touchup $100 and up.

Bridge Reglue PVA or Hide glue clean split $125.  Epoxy fill $150. Add $40 to refit warped bridge.