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Do you do your own setups, or have someone else do it?

Do you do you own setups and maintenance or have someone else do it?

  • I do my own setup and maintenance

    Votes: 210 85.4%
  • I have someone else do it

    Votes: 42 17.1%

  • Total voters
    246

RayBarbeeMusic

Gold Supporting Member
Messages
5,133
I do it for other people, so yeah I do my own. Even with detailed instructions, no one can do mine right but me.
 

Qstick333

Silver Supporting Member
Messages
1,028
I handle it on my own but don't do fret work. I want to learn to lower nut slots but it's hard to justify the purchase of nut files to lower the slots on a single guitar.
 

RolandKorg

Silver Supporting Member
Messages
5,013
Intonation, I’ll do that. I only just soldered something for the first time, so I will change solid body pickups going forward. I just started putting together a partscaster Strat, but couldn’t simply get the bridge alignment right, so I stopped and will take it to a luthier.

Not going to mess with a truss rod. I have never been able to see what’s going on with relief. Forget about fret leveling or nut stuff. Never had room for a real workbench or those tools.

Basically, my feeling is this: I’ve had good setups, medium setups, and one bad one. Which tells me that even people who do it for a living range in quality of skills. I don’t trust that I would be able to do a better job, and even if I did try, knowing that it was me who did it… I don’t have enough self esteem to believe I was doing it well.
 

Redsunmack

Member
Messages
72
I used to do all my own setups but having 2 little ones has made it extremely difficult to get any decent playing in. So I’ve been getting my baby’s setup from a awesome luthier for the last 2ish years with the odd time me doing a really quick setup if I break a string in the heat of the moment.
 

CSB123

Member
Messages
182
In time i would like to learn, but for now i a wonderful guitar tech, a perfectionist, with many decades experience.

i would struggle to replace him, a total straight shooter.

every guitar i buy i drop there for inspection, full set up. He knows exactly how I like it, or have become accustomed too. As said in time i would like to learn and maser the basics, but the convenience of dropping half my guitars, they get some TLC, and fetch and rotate.

For now it just makes me life a whole easier, as i don't have the spare time, and the guitars to expensive mostly for me to be remotely confident to learn this on.
 

AaeCee

Silver Supporting Member
Messages
18,712
Everything short of electronics. If a soldering iron is needed, off to the tech it goes.
 

mdog114

Member
Messages
3,958
Everything except re-fret.

I might try it this winter on an old fender neck I have just to see how difficult it is.
 

Buduranus2

Silver Supporting Member
Messages
1,470
Do you do your own setups, or have someone else do it?

I usually let the bartender do it unless it's an after-hours club. Then I have to bring my own.
 

Scrapperz

Member
Messages
12,556
I set up my own and started when I first picked up a guitar. I tried different ways and settled in on what I consider normal.
 

Nevets

Silver Supporting Member
Messages
9,658
I recently took the plunge into doing it myself and I'm enjoying it. It's not so difficult. But for anything major I'd bring it to a tech.
 

dougb415

Member
Messages
9,894
I'll do clean up and restringing. Anything else and it goes to a tech. Neither my hands nor my eyes are what they used to be, and they weren't all that good to begin with.
 

Laurence

Gold Supporting Member
Messages
9,303
I've done nearly everything except a refret. Crown and level, electronics, make new nuts, shim, replace/repair parts, regular set up, etc. Yes. However, much like @dougb415 my hands and eyes have gotten really old and I'm starting to limit what I'll do. I'll continue straight set ups as long as I play. No one can set up a guitar for my touch like I can.
 

s2y

Member
Messages
19,790
Back in the day, I had to do my own setups. I wanted "shred" action and local shops didn't do that during the late 90's and early 00's. I sent a Fender Stu Hamm bass to the shop because I couldn't get lower action without annoying fret buzz. I thought maybe they could figure something out that I was missing. Instead of lowering the action, the guy raised the action and lectured me on how bassists shouldn't play like that.

There are now 3-4 really good setup guys and a real luthier in my area. One guy really knows my action preferences and does it better than I can. His prices are good and having 2 ADHD boys means I don't have @#%@^ for free time.
 

muzishun

Member
Messages
6,554
I am not rich but I am extremely picky so I do it all. It's enjoyable largely and I do set ups for my students as well which helps them much more than they realize.

I played and gigged for years with a train wreck of a guitar. It would have been a huge benefit to know about set ups when I was trying to learn to play....difficult stuff, played on well set up guitars. Talk about uphill battles.
 

noisebloom

Member
Messages
1,426
I do my own setups except for fret and nut work. Basic nut filing and leveling will be the next thing I get into. The nut on my Tele is cut so the strings are a little too high and I've been dragging my feet about tackling it.
 

B-Harvs

Member
Messages
20
Ive always re done wiring, replace electrical components, installed pick ups. Reinstalled various hardware. Only just now am i figuring out how a set up is actually preformed. I plan on doing the process on one of my entry level guitars that needs attention when i have a full day to focus on it. For now, my more expensive guitar will be left in a tech's hands until I'm confident i know entirely what I'm doing, and got all the "oh crap"s out of the way on the cheaper stuff.
 

LaXu

Member
Messages
9,172
I do everything but refrets and fret leveling. I have done those too but hated the work, too tedious and time consuming to do well so I'd rather pay someone to do it.
 

Ron Kirn

Vendor
Messages
7,781
Everything short of electronics. If a soldering iron is needed, off to the tech it goes.

that's unfortunate, because the electronics in a guitar, a passive guitar are as simple as it gets... it's just barely beyond the complexity of getting a Cub Scout Merritt badge in electronics...

r
 




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