Want to Get a Perfect Guitar Set-Up?

Posted by: Daniel R. Lehrman Posted in: Guitar Repairs Upgrades

Guitar Repairs, Fix My Guitar

Guitar Repairs, Fix My Guitar

What is a luthier? A luthier is a ‘guitar maker’. A person who repairs, upgrades and builds musical instruments. Lets stick to the term ‘guitar makers’ here.

All luthiers are not the same. This statement is made so you understand that some guitar makers specialize in certain aspects of guitar repair and some do it all. Certain luthiers supply guitar repair tools and product, so you can buy manuals and parts and DIY (do it yourself). Not necessarily a recommended task to take on without experience. Plus the tools can be expensive, making it economically unfeasible for most people.

It is not a secret every guitar I buy gets a good setup job and a hand carved bone nut. The only guitar I have have ever played that did not need to be setup was a ‘Lenny’ Stratocaster Fender Custom Shop guitar I played at Guitar Center. Of course it only costs 17000.00 dollars, so one might expect that type of quality and ‘love’ to be put into the instrument for that kind of doe. It’s somewhat disappointing that Gibson Guitars are so poorly setup from the factory I find them hard to play. Of course, they play great after a competent set up.

One of my guitars is an Eric Clapton Custom Shop Stratocaster. It played like a dream from the beginning, but I still set it up and made a bone nut for it. setup. It’s a real versatile and excellent playing guitar. Expensive too.

Not all luthiers, guitar-makers are the same. Or ‘fungible’. Fungible means ‘equal to’. For instance, there may be differences in work quality, or perhaps the parts used, one luthier may use lower quality parts than another luthier. The point is to choose a competent guitar maker who fixes the guitar for your best possible interests. Don’t choose a guitar maker by price only, that is the main vibe I want to get across.

Luthier, Guitar Maker, Craftsman

Guitar Players Center suggests that a good guitar set up will bring the maximum playability out of your guitar. We practice what we preach. Realistically speaking, you can extract more of the tones that you have been looking for. Along with some logical and effective practice techniques you are on your way to becoming a good guitar player.

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  7. Typically what are the costs for a luthier to “set-up” your guitar?

  8. Setups CAN be done by anyone with the correct knowledge and love for their own instrument. Visit http://www.raeguitars.com for the only tutorial you will ever need!

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    It’s a bit ironic that an article about finding a good Luthier has a photo of someone soldering without eye protection or protecting the guitar finish from any solder splatter.

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