What is the Difference?
Unlike most Guitar Technicians, Peter does not offer either a fret-dress or a set-up as a standalone service but combines them both in his Professional Set-up. This is because, to achieve consistency and quality in the set-up, there first has to be consistency and quality in the fretboard.
A set-up done with no levelling and re-profiling of the frets means that any pre-existing anomalies and inconsistencies in the fretboard may well be carried through into the set-up. In this case, the fretboard dictates the quality of the final set-up.
Peter's approach is to dictate the outcome of the set-up by achieving consistency in the fretboard before starting work on the set-up
Many guitar retailers offer set-up services - either for an itemised, additional cost or rolled into the instrument's purchase price. However, given the need to maintain profit margins, retailers can generally only provide a basic standard of set- up, which usually doesn't include any dressing of the frets. While this is obviously better than nothing, if you want the full treatment on your instrument then the Professional Set-up from Guitar Technical Services is the thing for you! The Professional Set-up allows any basic set-up to taken a stage further and for specific adjustments to be made in line with customer preferences.
For brand new instruments, although it is widely assumed that manufacturers do fret-dressing as part of their production process, this is not true of most companies. In any event, because instruments are made of natural materials, all new ones need a 12-18 month 'settling down period' to allow them to stabilise. Having a Professional Set-up on a new instrument means that, under Peter's unique Quality Guarantee, any movements which occur in the instrument during this 18 month period after purchase can be corrected for FREE.
So what is involved in a Professional Set-up?
If an instrument's basic geometry is incorrect then a good set-up can't be achieved without other remedial work being done first so, before any work is started, two key aspects of the guitar are checked:
The string scale length is checked for correct positioning of the bridge.
Guitars with glued in necks are checked for correct alignment and all necks are checked for adverse upturn on the fretboard.
Peter also checks that:
* hardware is operating properly
* the neck rake angle is correctly set
* the height of the nut for each string is correct
* electric guitar circuits have continuity & good function
Once all these criteria have been met Peter can then prepare the instrument for set up by dressing the frets.