SETUP & MAINTENANCE

Why do you need a setup ?

Wood is a living material, evolving with humidity or if you change the strings gauge. If you find your instrument being harder and harder to play (action is too high or too low, causing fret buzz), or if you want to change your strings gauge, then your instrument will probably need a setup.

A basic setup includes :

  • correcting the neck bow (trussrod)

  • correcting strings action at nut and saddle

  • setting the harmonics at the saddle

  • checking all the screws (tuners, pickups, bridge, tailpiece)

  • checking the electronics

  • changing the strings (strings not included)

  • cleaning the instrument

REPAIRS

Every musical instrument is repairable.

Only limits are the amount of time it takes (influencing the final price) and the luthier's own skills and experience. I will always suggest several solutions for your instrument, depending on its value and your needs : from a simple structural repair for a cheap instrument, to a complete restoration for a high value one. Repairs are done in a conservative way, meaning I use glues and finishing products in accordance to the original specifications of each instrument.

If your instrument shows an important defect (crack or hole on the top, lifting bridge, cracked head, etc. ) please unwind the strings to avoid additional damage due to the tension and bring it to your local luthier as soon as possible. Repairs will be easier and faster, meaning it will be cheaper for you.

PRICES

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ATTENTION PLEASE : strings are not included, please bring your favourite strings set. I can supply strings for 10€ otherwise (very limited choice, please check the OPTION below).

Common works

  • *strings not included
  • setting the trussrod
  • setting strings action (nut and saddle)
  • checking all the screws
  • cleaning
  • changing the strings (not included)
  • setting the trussrod
  • setting strings action (nut, bridge and tailpiece)
  • checking all the screws
  • checking the electronics
  • cleaning
  • changing the strings (not included)
  • setting the trussrod
  • setting strings action (nut, bridge and tailpiece)
  • checking all the screws
  • checking the electronics
  • cleaning
  • changing the strings (not included)
  • Other materials on demand (TUSQ, Graphtech, wood, etc. )
  • Other materials on demand (TUSQ, Graphtech, wood, etc. )
  • acoustic : D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor-Bronze (12-53)
  • electric : D'Addario EXL110 (10-46)
  • other strings possible on demand (price may vary)

Fret works

  • leveling the frets
  • dressing the frets
  • polishing the frets
  • instrument setup
  • changing the strings (not included)
  • fingerboard leveling and polishing
  • installing new frets (leveling, dressing, polishing)
  • instrument setup
  • changing the strings (not included)
  • quite common on Gibson Les Paul models for example
  • fingerboard leveling and polishing
  • installing new frets (leveling, dressing, polishing)
  • instrument setup
  • changing the strings (not included)
  • *only possible with quite straight fingerboard that doesn't need leveling
  • installing new frets (leveling, dressing, polishing)
  • instrument setup
  • changing the strings (not included)
  • fingerboard leveling and polishing
  • fingerboard lacquer touch up
  • installing new frets (leveling, dressing, polishing)
  • instrument setup
  • changing the strings (not included)
  • acoustic : D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor-Bronze (12-53)
  • electric : D'Addario EXL110 (10-46)
  • other strings possible on demand (price may vary)

Non-exhaustive list, other works on quote on a 45€/h rate, plus potential hardware to replace (tuners, tailpiece, etc. ).

To establish a fair quote, I need to see the instrument and to discuss the solutions with you.

I'm receiving on appointment only, every weekday from 10 am to 7 pm.

The workshop is in Tinténiac, between Rennes and Saint-Malo.

To schedule an appointment or for any question, please contact me here.

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