Guitar Repair FAQ

FAQ

Fretted Instrument FAQ

  • Can you give me a repair estimate?
  • Why is my guitar so hard to play?
  • Why is my guitar not playing in tune as I go up the neck?
  • How do you repair cracks in a guitar?
  • Why do my strings buzz on certain frets?
  • Why is my string making a sitar sound when I play it open?
  • What is the benefit of bone nuts and saddles?
  • Why does it sound like there is something knocking around in my guitar?
  • What if I need my guitar paint touched up?

Fretted Instrument FAQ

Q. Can you give me a repair estimate?

Yes we can, but we need to see the instrument in person. Our guitar repair department is now open seven days a week: Monday through Saturday from 10 AM until 6 PM, Sunday from noon to 5:00 PM. All estimates are free and most can be done while you wait. What sounds like a complex problem on the phone might be fixed easily or that small dent might lead to other problems.

Q. Why is my guitar so hard to play?

The height of the strings over the finger board is usually the problem. We fix it by cutting the nut, adjusting the truss rod, or changing the height of the bridge.

Q. Why is my guitar not playing in tune as I go up the neck?

This is a problem that can usually be solved by intonating the guitar. The amount that an acoustic guitar can be intonated is limited by the width of the saddle. Electic guitars are limited by the bridge screws.

Q. How do you repair cracks in a guitar?

We work glue in the crack then cleat it from the inside using pieces of wood that have matching bevels.

Q. Why do my strings buzz on certain frets? 

Typically because the frets are uneven. This is usually resolved by leveling anywhere from three to six surrounding frets. After leveling, each fret is re-crowned then polished. Occasionally an alternate solution to this problem is to adjust the truss rod.

Q. Why is my string making a sitar sound when I play it open?

This problem can usually be corrected by adjusting the slot in the nut, or the angle at the saddle.

Q. What is the benefit of bone nuts and saddles? 

For a long time people have been tyring to produce something equivalent to bone, but nothing matches the density and porousness of bleached cow bone or ivory. Bone produces significantly better tone and sustain when matched with the frets, when

Q. Why does it sound like there is something knocking around in my guitar?

Probably because your guitar has a loose brace.

Q. What if I need my guitar paint touched up?

If it’s an old guitar we suggest that you do not have it touched up. You will destroy its patina, and significantly decrease its value.

On new instruments, if you must have it touched up we recommend that you bring it to a luthier who has a spray booth. It will cost 400 or more.