Am I expected to tip my guitar tech?

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  1. fitz

    fitz Member

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    I never tipped a guitar tech, but when I feel any service person does a great job an extra $10 goes a long way.
     
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  2. xzacx

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    Does that mean you don't tip your barber either?
     
  3. JCM 800

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    Ummm no.

    My guy (Steve Morgan at Willie's guitars) does excellent work at a fair price and the turn around time is usually quick. He's not overpriced and not really cheap. I keep all my business with him and he is the one I refer people to with high recommendation.

    This is not a "tipping" situation.
     
  4. AParrotLooksAt4O

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    when I do a good job at work I get to come back the next day. No tips.
     
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  5. Flatscan

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    I've worked with great and horrible techs.

    My current tech usually turns work same or next day and it's often done better than I expected. And he does it all with a smile and frequently helpful tips.

    You bet he gets a tip everytime.

    Referral: Crazy Ed at Heights Guitar Tech in Houston. The whole gang is great in my experience. They've un-f'd things other local techs "fixed."
     
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  6. macmax77

    macmax77 Supporting Member

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    Have dinner with him. LOL.
     
  7. AA864

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    I shave my head like Walter White, so no.
     
  8. Boris Bubbanov

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    I'd maybe insist he accept more in payment for the work he did. But either tip him or don't. A Twenty, minimum, or never mind. Maybe a gift certificate for Abbay's or something.
     
  9. wilto

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    in australia we tip nobody. a tip is for the ponies and greyhounds only.
     
  10. Nitrobattery

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    Nothing is expected, but even just offering a coffee goes a long way. I've done free spot fret leveling along with a setup just because a customer was pleasant. When you're dealing with musicians who know half as much as they think they do all day, appreciative guys who go the extra mile...tend to inspire similar behavior in return.
     
  11. krimson

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    Under normal circumstances no, but if he got me out of a bind then I would say yes. My tech enjoys a cold beer too, so a six pack would suffice.
     
  12. Carbohydrates

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    If they're in a trade where I can show appreciation for particularly good service performed, then yeah, I tend to tip. Guitar techs, barbers, tattoo artists, FFLs, Uber drivers, movers, installers, etc.
     
  13. moosewayne

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    Want to be remembered the next time you go into the shop?
    Want your future work to be a priority or 'when I get to it'?
    Want service that goes the extra mile?
     
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  14. Glitch Magnet

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    Only if you feel you've been undercharged or overwhelmed.
     
  15. don carney

    don carney Silver Supporting Member

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    Not all the time but once in a while yes when something unusual (harder than expected etc) is involved.
     
  16. Lespaulsignature 74

    Lespaulsignature 74 Silver Supporting Member

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    I always tip my Tech, he does excellent work and on a timely basis. Because I live 30 miles away from him he sometimes does the work while I wait. I know he appreciates it and I get excellent customer service from him! ( John Bertsche at We Buy Guitars )
     
  17. god.machine

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    Thanks for the tip. I just moved to Houston and am looking for a place to take a noisy Iceman to get rewired. I'll check out the Heights Guitar Tech.
     
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  18. OotMagroot

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    Several years ago a tech that used to work for me swapped out one of my Strat necks for a Warmoth neck. I gave the tech the old Strat neck that was being replaced. In hindsight that was pretty stooooooopid of me.....but he did give me a DOD Digital Delay later on for it.

    So, in a round about way, yes, I have tipped my tech before.
     
  19. RolandKorg

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    I'd say No. But, i have had occasions where someone did some work for me and the price/fee/cost i was expected to pay was something i felt was lower than i expected and/or less than the person deserved, and so i've given a bit more money. But, i don't consider it a "tip." My auto mechanic is one such person. Sometimes i go in and he does something and then tells me it's an absurdly low amount, and i've given him more than he asked for. Not a tip. Just me being fair/reasonable/maybe generous(?). That seems to only happen when it's something that doesn't have a pre-arranged cost, though. I think. If i go to a guitar tech for a setup or whatever, i know the cost before i leave the guitar with him, and that's probably going to be that. I think a tech is probably going to have a 'fee schedule' established for anything i'd likely need him for, so whatever he has set prices at, i have to imagine he's comfortable with.
     

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