Working in the shop for 14 years has shown me that all new guitars need at least a little tweak,   sometimes serious adjustments, before they can play well.

Gibsons usually need the bridge and nuts filing and they all would benefit from a fret skim. (see fret skims)

Fender trems usually need an adjustment as they rarely come set up that well.

The thing is you pay alot for your beloved guitar and you expect it to arrive all setup perfectly. But often  it isn't the case. So if in doubt, come and see me and I can tell you what needs to be done.

It's simply a balance between nut height, truss rod adjustment, bridge/saddle height, bridge radius, pickup height (single coils pull and make strings  buzz slightly) and a few other factors.

Even machine heads can be a problem. When you get your new guitar it's a good idea to check the frontlock ferrul as it may well need nipping up. In many cases this will help tuning.


set up | string change | pick-up fitting | nut fitting | bridge/nut adjust | piezo fitting | pre amp installation

re fret | tremolo fitting | fret skim | fret dress | headstock repair | re-laquer | buzz feiten tuning system


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" It's simply a balance between nut height, truss rod adjustment, bridge/saddle height, bridge radius, pickup heightand a few other factors. "