Almost all new guitars will need a set-up, whether they cost 250.00 or 14,000.00. Guitars that have been played for years will also need an occasional tweak, adjustment, modification, or maybe even a partial to complete overhaul. Some musicians will even play an instrument that was badly adjusted for years, and never realize just how much they’d been struggling with it until it’s finally adjusted to be played more easily, or to sound more like what they’d been wanting it to sound like all along.
Through the years, I’ve inspected, handled, worked on, played, listened to, modified, set-up, and/or owned hundreds of different guitars, of all kinds.
Electrics: Archtops, hollowbodies, semi-hollowbodies, solidbodies, homemade guitars, handmade guitars, factory-made guitars . . . almost anything imaginable. Classicals: Entry-level student to concert-quality of the highest order and everything in-between. Acoustics: Martin, Gibson, Fender, Takamine, Ibanez, Guild, Breedlove, Santa Cruz, Bourgeois, Lakewood . . . the list goes on, including some makers who seem to out-Martin and out-Gibson Martin and Gibson themselves.
They say “the devil is in the details,” and they may be correct, but sheer delight also awaits the guitarist when we get the details just right. Getting your instrument dialed-in correctly, so that learning, creating, playing, enjoying, and sharing your music comes alive, and where your guitar gets out of your way, allowing you channel and communicate the music itself, is what it’s all about.
This is my aim.
I like to see a player with his or her guitar, making music, and I like to talk about the music and how the player uses the guitar so that I can listen and understand exactly where to go with my work toward what needs to happen with each particular player’s guitar.
Give me a call and let's see what your needs are for your guitar.
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