Repairs

Basic Instrument Repairs

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We’re lucky enough to have several very skilled repairmen down here at the Music Loft who are able to trouble-shoot, identify and repair almost any problem your instrument may have.

Jim Dennis at the bench

Jim Dennis at the bench.

In-house we have owner and operator Jim Dennis, the resident guitar setup master. Generally speaking, a setup for a standard acoustic or electric instrument will run you $40 + your favorite set of strings. Some examples of instruments that might cost more to have set up are:

  • Guitars with a locking tremolo such as a Floyd Rose equipped guitar.
  • Any instrument with structural damage.
  • Instruments with faulty or currently malfunctioning electronics.

But wait! What’s a “setup”? A setup is a term describing the general care and maintenance any instrument should receive over time. Since most are made out of wood, and the strings you have on them place high amounts of tension on the instrument, it makes sense that over time the instrument will need to be set back into alignment. A setup entails the following:

  • The general cleaning and polishing of the instrument
  • Tightening of all the bolts, tuning machines, electronics, etc.
  • A truss rod adjustment. (The truss rod is a long metal rod that runs the length of the neck in order to counteract the tension placed on the neck from the strings. Turning this rod changes the bow of the neck and should only be done by a professional! You risk seriously harming your instrument if you aren’t certain as to what you’re doing.)
  • Intonation check and setting. (Intonation means setting the instrument so that each strings produces the correct pitch all the way up and down the neck.)
  • Restringing the instrument with a new set of strings.

Come on down during any of our store hours and we’ll be happy to take a look at your instrument and recommend the best course of action!

Repair Pricing

  • General Setup: $40.00 + set of strings
  • Acoustic/Electric Guitar Restring: $10.00 + set of strings
  • Classical Guitar Restring: $15.00 + set of strings
  • Electronics Malfunction: Prices vary

Click here to make an appointment for your setup or any related questions.

Advanced Instrument Repairs

Wes Lambe

Our Man Wes Lambe

All of our advanced instrument repairs (such as cracked guitar bodies, split headstocks, pickup installation etc.) are handled by local luthier extraordinaire Wes Lambe.

Check out his website for examples of his work and to see some of the awesome instruments he’s made for clients all over the world.

Below is a general guideline for some of the repair work he offers. Please don’t hesitate to either come down the Music Loft or contact Wes directly with any questions.

Acoustic Repairs

  • SETUP: $40 to $75 + strings. Includes neck adjustment, action adjustment at nut and saddle, minor fret work, tightening tuner screws and nuts, lubricating tuning machines, general clean up, restring.
  • BONE NUT: $40 + $5 (cost of bone)
  • BONE SADDLE: $50 + 10 (cost of bone)
  • RE-GLUE BRIDGE: $100 Includes removal and refit of old bridge. Very minor touchup included. 12-string bridge may be a higher price.
  • REPLACE BRIDGE: $100 + cost of factory-made bridge (approx. $30) + cost of new saddle.
  • HANDMADE BRIDGE: $200 and up, by quote. Handmade bridges may be necessary for vintage Gibson, Martin, Guild, and custom bridge replacements.
  • BRIDGE PLATE REPAIR: $150 Includes reaming out and plugging bad spots on bridge plate.
  • REPLACE TUNERS: $25 and up. Seems like a simple job, but can be fraught with nuanced complications.
  • FRET LEVELING (“Filing”, “Dressing”): $80 and up. Worn or uneven frets can be filed level in many cases, if there will remain enough height on the fret to suit the customer. Frets must be lowered to the height of the lowest pit that can be found. Sometimes, replacing the most worn frets is appropriate. Includes setup adjustments.
  • RE-FRET: $175 and up. Add $50 for fretboards with binding. Individual frets are $10 plus leveling and/or setup costs in some cases. New nut or saddle may be necessary.
  • NECK RESET: $250 and up. Includes removal of neck, re-cut of heel/body angle to correct high action, and replacement of neck. A new saddle is often necessary. Additional fret work and bridge work may also be necessary.
  • CRACK REPAIR: $35 and up. Includes glue and cleat (installing small patches of wood inside guitar to reinforce repair). Touchup with appropriate finish is extra. Repairs are often not invisible, but finish should be level.
  • HEADSTOCK CRACK: $75 and up, by quote. Glue and finish touchup included. Repairs are often not invisible, but finish should be smooth.
  • INSTALL “UNDER SADDLE” PICK UP: $35 to $150. Expand endpin hole to accommodate jack. Wire pickup to pre-amp and jack. Fit and re-size old saddle for proper action and contact with pickup. May require new saddle and re-rout of saddle slot (additional). There are other variables relating to pre-amps which must be individually quoted. Condition of bridge and neck angle may be factors in the appropriateness of an under-the-saddle pickup.

Electric Repairs

  • SET UP: $35 to $75 + strings. Includes neck adjustment, action adjustment at nut and saddle, minor fret work, tightening tuner screws and nuts, lubricating tuning machines, general clean up, restring. Floating tremolo, Floyd Rose-style may cause higher rates.
  • BONE NUT: $45 + $5 for bone.
  • REPLACE TUNERS: $25 and up. Seems like a simple job, but can be fraught with nuanced complications.
  • FRET LEVELING (“Filing”, “Dressing”): $75 and up. Worn or uneven frets can be filed level in many cases, if there will remain enough height on the fret to suit the customer (and practical playability). Frets must be lowered to the height of the lowest pit that can be found. Sometimes, replacing the most worn frets is appropriate. Includes setup adjustments.
  • RE-FRET: $175 and up. Add $50 for fretboards with binding. Individual frets are $10 plus leveling and/or setup costs in some cases. A new nut or saddle may be necessary. Shop minimum may also apply.
  • HEADSTOCK CRACK: $75 and up, by quote. Includes glue and finish touchup. Repairs are often not invisible, but finish should be smooth.
  • DIAGNOSE ELECTRICAL PROBLEM: $15 and up. (A minimum of $15 to diagnose electrical problems is charged even if work is not performed. Time is money!)
  • REPLACE JACK: $25 to $30 plus the cost of parts.
  • REPLACE PICKUP: $40 per pickup.
  • REPLACE VOLUME/TONE POT: $25 to $30 plus the cost of parts.
  • ROUT NEW POCKET: $45 plus “replace pickup” price.
  • REPLACE SWITCH: $25 to $50 plus part.

This is just a sample of the work Wes performs, meant to give a general idea of what his prices are. Feel free to contact him anytime if you have questions about what your instrument may need.

Electronics & Amp Repairs

Darrell Young

Darrell and grandson Cameron jammin

We are very lucky to have local amp guru and vintage instrument and amplification expert Darrell Young of Reel Time Sight and Soundto help us with any amplifiers and electronic equipment that are acting out of line. Darrell is a certified Gold Fender warranty repairman (among several other companies).

Pricing varies greatly depending on the intricacy of the problem, although we can usually give you a pretty close estimate once you either describe the equipment’s symptoms or bring it in for us to take a look at.

You can email Darrell for questions or to schedule an amp repair.