Do you setup your own guitars?

Do you setup your own guitars?


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dubdub

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I see a lot of responses to posts saying, "Well you have to include the price of a setup..."
Actually I never take that into account cause I do my own setups, so I was just curious who here actually setups their own guitars and who doesn't. And if you don't, is it cause of time, laziness, lack of tools, etc?
 

RLD

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I do but I think you must be cautious in the beginning.
Truss rod, nut depth, saddle height and intonation all all things I will mess with to get my setup where I want it, but it is possible to screw things up too.
I leave any fret leveling or shaping to a pro, but I also do all my wiring and swapping pups...I enjoy it but some don't want the trouble.
 
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I do all my guitar work, it's therapeutic for me. I actually enjoy it and I tell people to bring guitars to me and I'll set them up for free (just buy the strings).

Go on the Manufacturer website, get all the specs and I have all the tools now for just about any guitar.

I also have some cool guitars at home, a 1963 Gibson ES 125T, 2016 Gibson Les Paul Traditional Honey Burst, I built a Pete Thorn Suhr Clone out of my Fender HSS Strat with the Suhr pickups he uses.

I am total guitar nerd.
 
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I'm all about saving a buck & I'd rather do it myself than trust just anyone else's taste. Maybe they won't set it up just like I'd like it.
I've always had a problem delegating tasks, especially if I'm paying for it.
 

gigs

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I do my own guitar work, except re-frets.

I do limited amp work.... speaker swaps, tubes, pots, but I don't reach into the guts and mess around with caps and resistors.
 

Ron Kirn

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learning how to set-up a guitar is analogous to learning how to change a tire.... something ya might not wanna do, necessarily, but ya sure better know how.. cause... just as ya drive into a "no service" area... Blam!!! Flappp, Flappp, Flappp, :eek:

Ron Kirn
 

Binaural

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Yes, always prefer my own set ups. If I get a new guitar first thing I do is set it up the way I like.
 
M

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Everything except fret jobs with binding... I'll take a crack at that someday.. I figure what I don't know I'll learn
 

bluesoul

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I do everything myself. I would rather not do a refret even though I can and have. I enjoy the entire process (except refreting) and like the end results. If I did not like doing it, I would not do it! I don't like doing things I don't like....anyone else feel that way?
 

PatrickE_FenderADV

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I mess with my stuff here and there, but I don't like doing TOO much. If I want a full re-do then I will drop it off to "my guy" and let him do the heavy lifting.
 

bgmacaw

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learning how to set-up a guitar is analogous to learning how to change a tire.... something ya might not wanna do, necessarily, but ya sure better know how.. cause... just as ya drive into a "no service" area... Blam!!! Flappp, Flappp, Flappp, :eek:

If you change a tire yourself on a new-ish car it's likely that when you're done the radio won't work and the anti-theft system will activate and cripple the engine.

At least guitars haven't changed that much.
 

Bob T.

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The day I grow the courage to adjust the truss rod, I will complete my own setups on guitars. After reading dozens of articles on the subject, I am still terrified of the prospect of ruining a precious guitar neck.
 

Cosmo-D

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Another one that does all my basic set ups, I don't mess with fretwork or nut cutting but I also do all my own wiring, fix pedals and amps, rebiasing, etc. I'm going to teach myself to do fretwork soon. Who better do set up a guitar for your playing style and preferences? Most of the other stuff I've had to learn because maintaining gear can get expensive.
 

Cosmo-D

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The day I grow the courage to adjust the truss rod, I will complete my own setups on guitars. After reading dozens of articles on the subject, I am still terrified of the prospect of ruining a precious guitar neck.

It's really not that hard, just make small increments of a 1/8 to 1/4 turn at a time. I think you have to really crank down a truss rod to break it or ruin a neck.
 

Thwap

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Set up my own.
if it's not exactly what I want, I can adjust until it's absolutely perfect.

i find it hard sometimes to articulate exactly what I want.

By doing it myself, it's just....yeah....that's it right there
 




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