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Prices (as at 1st January 2018)

People have often asked "How do you set up an electric guitar?" The answer is that it would be simple if the frets were perfectly level. If they are not, the only way to set-up the guitar properly is to level the frets first and then it becomes a straight forward job. Setting up a new guitar is very variable as the guitar often takes about 12 to 18 months to settle down from new. This means that if the guitar is set-up by a shop from new, it can change soon afterwards. Many internet traders who set-up guitars will probably bank on the distance-buying customer not bringing back the guitar for a check in the first year because it's too much hassle and too expensive - or hope that local shop customers forget the option, even if it is free. Some of my customers have brought me new instruments to set-up and the advantage for them is the peace of mind that the instrument is correct at purchase, followed by my back-up service of checking the instrument whenever they want during the first year. Occasionally I have written reports on faulty necks and this has resulted in successful warranty claims, followed by a re-set.
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Set-up Services Prices

PROFESSIONAL SET-UP (EXCLUSIVE to Guitar Technical Services!)

Why pay for half an hours work for 'Bodge-it & Scarper Music' to set up your guitar at a cost of £30 to £70 with no attention to the level of the frets, when my costs set out below are all inclusive of fret work! A typically high street repair shop price of a set-up ONLY would be £35 to £70, PLUS 'Stoning Frets' £80 upwards, so a theoretical £135 or more!

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Here are the price revisions from January 2018 - Price at the time of people being added to my 'waiting list' prior to December 2017 will be honoured.
All work includes 'Fret Dressing and Reprofiling'.
Strings are not included and can be supplied but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer.

Acoustic 6 string Guitar £115 (excluding strings)
Acoustic 12 string Guitar £115 + £27 surcharge (excluding strings) £142
Acoustic Bass Guitar - 4 String £110 (excluding strings)

Electric 6 string Guitar £115 (excluding strings)
Electric 12 string Guitar £115 + £27 surcharge (excluding strings) £142
Electric Guitar with locking tremolo:
e.g. Floyd Rose or Kahler type £142 surcharge included (excluding strings)

Bass Guitar - 4 String £115 (excluding strings)
Bass Guitar - 5 String £120 (excluding strings)
Bass Guitar - 6 String £127 (excluding strings)
Mandolin £129 (excluding strings)
Banjo £129 (excluding strings)

STRING COST as supplied at Professional Setup
The costs of strings supplied by GT Services are as follows:
Standard Electric £8 e.g. Ernie Ball or D'Addario
Standard Acoustic Phosphor Bronze and Bronze £9 e.g. Ernie Ball or D'Addario
Classical Acoustic £10 e.g. D'Addario

Additional costs apply to instruments that require extra work
Price will be dependent on the amount of labour involved
Typical common examples include:
* Badly worn frets needing heavy milling to achieve good specification - from £30
* Partial Refret - example 6 frets - from £75
* Replace nut due to the slots being too low - from £45 incl Graphtech unit
* Replace saddle Tusq/Bone - too low/wrong radius - from £35 incl Graphtech unit
* Glue in loose frets caused by wood shrinkage or oversized fret slots £35
* Correct errors made at manufacture
* Additional repair work

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Professional Set-up in Detail

If you wish to see the full procedure involved in the Professional Set up click the "Link Button" below to take you to Peter's other website. You will be directed back to this website at the end of the tour.................

Re-Fretting - Guitars, Bass, Mandolin & Banjo

Re-Fretting - Guitars, Bass, Mandolin & Banjo
Refret - Non-Bound Edge (Rosewood) including Set-up & New Nut ...................£280
Refret - Non-Bound Edge (Maple - sprayed) including Set-up & New Nut .........£340
Refret - Bound Edge (Les Paul type) including Set-up & New Nut ......................£330
Refret - Bound Edge (Maple -sprayed) including Set-up & New Nut ..................£375

N.B. - The typical £280 refret cost above can be broken down into:
£95 - Levelling fingerboard, clean out slots and fret fitting
£25 - Includes fret-wire & consumables.
£45 - A replacement Nut 6 string version
£115 - Professional Set-up - guaranteed for 12 months

An additional £190 surcharge is applied if stainless steel fretwire is requested.
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Other Services

Peter is an installer and a dealer for Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio and Kent Armstrong Pick-ups
Rewiring and electrics - from £50
Replace or change pickups - from £50 plus £5 for each additional one.

Acoustic to Electro-acoustic conversion - Labour cost £50 upwards.
Specialist in fitting L R Baggs USA systems and Ashworth Transducers & LR Baggs.

L R Baggs Acoustic Pick-up Installation

My favourite acoustic amplification system is the L R Baggs USA. My preference is not down to how big the 'name' is or the size of the profit margin - It's just a great product and delivers a fantastic sound. These are fitted to Gibson acoustic guitars. I have fitted bucket loads of these products to all kinds of acoustic guitars.

L R Baggs Element Active System see price L R Baggs USA add £55 for fitting
L R Baggs with side mounted EQ Units - £75.

Customising can be done on your own selected guitar/parts - estimates on request.

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The above list of services is not exclusive. For estimates on any work please contact us

Minimum Charge

Minimum charge for 'drop in advice', small and miscellaneous work - £15.00
Minimum charge for Reports and Insurance Quotations - £35.00
Work Requests & Instructions

Click the link below for a Work Request form.
Print one out, complete with your requirements and place with your instrument when you send it to Guitar Technical Services (by prior arrangement only).

Work Request Form_PDF


Credit and Debit Card Acceptance for small business with Payatrader

Trader Authorisation Certificate

Guitar Technical Services now uses "Payatrader" which is an affordable way for small businesses to accept payments by credit or debit card. It is primarily aimed at businesses who provide services. You may not want to write a cheque or have cash readily available but want to spread payment of the cost of the work over a longer term. By choosing Payatrader, you have the option to choose the more flexible method of paying with your credit card instead.
GTS Payatrader Certificate

Payment must only be made AFTER the work has been completed.

Click here for details from the Payatrader website.