Home of the Precision Guitar Setup
Guitar setups are largely a subjective topic, but think of them like a tune-up for a car. You won’t necessarily get the same level of diligence or service everywhere you go, it’s really no different for guitar work. There are many factors to consider in a “good” setup. “Feel” is part of it, but functionality may supersede. The two don’t always go hand-in-hand. The reason for this is, that every instrument setup has it’s limitations. I do my best to educate my clients on their guitars, but specifically, on what can and can’t be done, and why. Run through any major brand factory guitar setup and you’ll see a standard order of operation. I have “specs” for every guitar type and setup requirement. I use these specs, coupled with any preferences my clients have communicated, to dial in the best setup for them. I test the guitar out to be sure it is what the client had wanted. If no preferences are expressed, I dial it in to a good “feel”/functional balance, based off the setup requirements and the instruments’ design & any limitations that may be present. With that being said, you can trust that you are getting the best setup possible for that guitar. The best part is, when my clients stop by to pick up their instruments, any fine adjustments can be made on the spot! I take notes on all the adjustments I’ve made, so that not only can we easily make measurable changes, but also can apply them to other guitars/ or have other qualified luthiers follow up. This is why I prefer to do things with measurable precision.
An A1 Setup includes: clean, tighten/ lubricate hardware, clean / test electronics, polish/ oil (if nec.) entire fretboard including frets, restring, and adjustment of the following (where applicable); truss rod for adequate relief, bridge saddles, bridge height and/ or angle, neck angle, nut slot dressing, pickup height & finally intonation on a virtual strobe tuner. Fret work is not included in a setup, although it may make your guitar perform much better.