Precision Instrument Setup
Are your instrument's strings buzzing?
Does your guitar have high action? Tuning problems? All of these
problems could be signs that your guitar is ready for a setup. Our
expert guitar technicians are ready to help.
An instrument setup will address all
aspects of your instrumentís comfort and performance.
Intonation is an adjustment that is made
to the bridge of your instrument to adjust string length. It makes sure
that the instrument plays in tune not only on the open strings but also
the entire way up the neck.
Bring in your instrument today to see
how much better your guitar, mandolin, bass, fiddle, banjo, or other
stringed instrument can play and sound after a professional restring and
Fabrication and Replacement of Nuts and
Two of the most important parts of your
instrument are the nut and saddle. We can install and adjust these
parts of your instrument perfectly. If needed, we can also carefully
craft custom nuts and saddles for any instrument to make your instrument
play comfortably and sound great. We also can alleviate string hang-ups
in the nut-slots, and burs in the saddle which can create tuning
difficulty and string-breakage.
We take great care and pride in our nut
and saddle work.
We also install and replace Tuning
Scratchy pots, output jacks, and switches...
these problems are so frustrating. There is nothing more annoying than
making a small adjustment in your volume, and being rewarded with a
burst of static, or switching your pickups, and getting popping and
clicking. We stock a full line of top grade replacement parts to take
care of your electronic problems. We can replace any or all electronic
components in your instrument.
We are also equipped to address many of
the popular electronic modifications that are on the market. We install
active tone circuits, coil taps, phasing switches, kill switches,
acoustic pickups in electric guitars, midi systems etc.
Acoustic Instrument Amplification
We also sell and install many solutions
for the acoustic instrument player who is looking to be heard in all of
that glorious tone of an acoustic instrument. We offer a full line of
options, Fishman, Lace, Seymour Duncan, L.R. Baggs, and many others.
Options include piezo, magnetic, microphone, and hybrid systems. We can
optimize it for P.A. or combo amp systems. Many of our installations
are minimally invasive and can usually be invisible enough to not
detract from the aesthetics of your instrument.
We can amplify any acoustic instrument.
Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Violin,
Resophonic Guitars, Dulcimer, Harp, Ukulele, Drums, etc. You name it,
we can make it louder!
Adjusting your instrumentís neck can help
out with the action and is also an adjustment that will help dial in an
excellent tone from your instrument and can help to alleviate some
Setting the action addresses the height
of the strings off of the fingerboard, which can affect how comfortable
an instrument is to play as well as how good it sounds. It also can be
necessary to alleviate fret-buzzing.
Pickup Installation & Guitar Hot-Rodding
We sell a huge variety of Seymour Duncan,
Fender, EMG, T.V Jones, Lace, Dimarzio, Fishman, Gibson, Bill Lawrence, and many other instrument
pickups to help you can chase down that certain awesome sound youíve
always been looking for! Come in and talk to our repair staff
about what you would like your guitar to sound like, and we will be able
to suggest the pickup that will make your tone dreams a reality!
We have humbucker pickups in stock that
can fit in the single space slots of the a strat, and we have single
coil and P-90 pickups that fill out the space of a humbucker, so whatever sound
you want, we can help you achieve it in your guitar. Anything is
possible in the Hot Rod shop!
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Restringing and General Maintenance
We also restring your instrument. We can
make recommendations for custom gauging of strings (to achieve a sound
or intonation goal for a specific tuning). We also clean and polish the
body and hardware and oil the fretboard if itís dry.
We can also help you figure out a plan
for proper humidification for your instrument based on the situation you
need to keep it in. We sell and can specifically recommend one of many
products that can keep your instrument at the proper humidity year
round. (lack of proper humidity can cause your instrument to have
cracking / setup / warping and fret problems. It is an excellent idea to
prevent these difficulties before a repair is necessary.)
Tremol-No Bridge Block
Have a tremolo system that does not stay in tune when dive-bombing, or
with subtle or extreme uses of the whammy bar, we can help. The Tremol-No
bridge block is installed in the back of the guitar and provides tuning
stability to the instrument. If you have the Tremol-No engaged,
the guitar will dive-bomb all day and always come back to the proper
bridge angle and tuning. You can also engage a lock on the Tremol-No
(in seconds) easily converting the guitar into a stop-tailpiece for
added tuning stability. This is a great option for people who want
to use a floating tremolo bridge and use multiple tunings. You can
set-up one tuning for dive bombing and the rest as stop tailpiece.
It's truly the best of both worlds.
Band Instrument Repair
We can provide everything from minor adjustments to a complete re-pad.
We can replace and adjust springs, pads, and corks. We offer
soft-soldering, repair of stuck tuning slides, sticky valves, and
mouthpieces. We check out instruments for pad closure, leaks, and
proper adjustments. We also correctly remove stuck mouthpieces.