| Fret Work | Guitar Repairs | Action & Intonation Set Up | Custom Guitar Work |
Fret Work

As a basis for your guitar’s feel and action, service to frets consists of filing fret tops for consistent height alignment, checking and correcting the fret radius (curvature) in conjunction with the relative heights, crowning the frets to re-establish the half round profile, polishing the frets, aligning the fret ends, rounding and polishing them along with the fret board sides and/or binding, and polishing the fret board if required.

The above treatment results in creation of a smooth and even “landing strip” for the strings, and when the truss rod is adjusted suitably, action can be set from low to high according to the player’s needs and method of attack.
Guitar Repairs

If you have a broken headstock, either cracked, split, or fully beheaded, then this can usually be repaired. Another repair fairly common to acoustic guitars is the bridge either lifting off the top or being completely off the top. Sometimes bridges can be re-glued or re-fastened, but this depends upon the trueness of the old bridge and the condition of the top where the “footprint” is.

Custom bridges can be made to duplicate the original if a bridge is warped badly or cracked/split. Sometimes guitars are dropped or damaged from impacts, and these conditions can be stabilized, however, a scar may be visible after repair depending upon the degree of damage.
Action & Intonation Set Up

Action is known as a term describing the feel of the guitar, or simply how high the strings are off the frets. Many guitars have an action that is felt as too high, so there is a common need to have this lower. In order to achieve a smoother and lower feel the fretwork should be done first, thus giving a true surface of play (see Fretwork description above). Slight adjustments to action can be made by utilizing the truss rod function to zero in on the specific feel the player wants.

Intonation is a term describing how accurate the pitch stays from no frets being played(open string) to play on any given fret. It is commonly checked by playing the 12th fret harmonic, then pressing for the 12th fret note. If an electronic tuner is used for this check, then the pitch should be identical for both notes, with the needle of the tuner remaining right on the zero mark.

Most instruments that have not had a professional set up will not have a perfect intonation. However, acoustics and electrics, as well as other stringed instruments, can have adjustments made to their saddles and/or bridges to correct this problem, which can result in much better tone and sustain - not to mention the effect that an instrument that plays in tune has on your vocal blend, or playing with others.
Custom Guitar Work

Custom hand made pick guards, pick up installation (both electric and acoustic), re-wiring or replacing pots and switches, modification of neck profiles, re-fretting and re-radius of fret boards, custom tuner or machine head installation are some examples of possible work to be done, though the choice is really unlimited.

Part of the set up process is to make a hand made bone nut and/or bone saddle, as customized for your particular guitar and playing preference.