Setup? Changing saddles?? Cheese & rice do it yourself!
You're welcome. Thanks for giving my words wings, friend. I'm glad we live in a world where where can amplify what we hope to see more of.Thanks for making the quality of this store part of the public record.
Then New Orleans, since the demise of Jimmy Foster, is the barren outback in terms of quality guitar shops.If the OP thinks that driving the 10 or less miles across the 520 bridge or I-90 bridges from Seattle to Bellevue is too much of a hassle, Portland at 130 miles might as well be the moon.
The OP might not be a DP, which if that's the case, could be a BP. An ODD could have ADD, which could lead to FTW.If the OP thinks that driving the 10 or less miles across the 520 bridge or I-90 bridges from Seattle to Bellevue is too much of a hassle, Portland at 130 miles might as well be the moon.
Yes yes, he wants, no sir, he DEMANDS his email answered, and it better be post-haste! That’s not enough though, because when it’s not answered a month later he goes on a forum to bitch and complain he didn’t get a “written estimate” (as if that means something on an $80 job), responds here and there, even posts his “email” that was never answered. Lotta effort!So many replies in this thread are ridiculous. The OP wants to do business with someone who is on top of their stuff enough to be able to answer emails in the 21st century while running other aspects of their business. Nobody cares if you like to call stores, go in in person, or whatever. Additionally, nobody cares if you like to do your own setup work or whatever. The OP is at a point in their life where they want to pay for the work.
That's what it looks like to me as well.I think we have the answer here. I was born in Seattle and have been in the area my whole life, but I make it a point to never enter the city limits anymore unless I absolutely have to, so I'm not familiar with the stores mentioned. If they are indeed upper-tier businesses, they're probably not going to be much interested in people price shopping for a basic setup as they already have enough high dollar work coming in to make the nickel & dime stuff more hassle than it's worth. If that is the case, no response would indeed actually be the response they intended to send.
My friend Evan Groom used to teach out of there.That's what it looks like to me as well.
Side note - I grew up in Tacoma and used Guitar Maniacs for a long time. I moved to Texas, then out of the country. I was a little bit (pleasantly) surprised to recently learn Rick is still in business.
No - but thx for the recommendation.OP, did you contact Mike & Mike's?
ECG is one of the shops I emailed. I've used them before, but no answer/response.I think they're tech has been on vacation ( I communicated with them the other day) and will be back tomorrow so there might be a little back up. Let us know what you think. I'm going to take one of mine there as well. Another good shop for set ups is Emerald City. They're just harder for me to get to.
I've used Lull for many many years, and I've always received prompt responses, and prompt service from him - and I would def consider his shop as top tier.@Meriphew - 20 year local guy as well. Trying to give you some constructive feedback, not the TGP typical failed alpha male beat down attempt. First, the chorus of voices in this thread are right. You're reaching out to the top tier "Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus" level shops of the area with a terse anonymous email that clearly communicates that you're price shopping. Low bids aren't the shops that you've listed business (especially during the busy holiday season and with NAMM coming up- remember shops like Lull's is a builder as well). Their non response is actually a very clear response (in true Seattle passive aggressive fashion) that they don't want this type of business. As other have said, this one is on you, own it and grow from it. Second, since you've decided on Thunder Road, if you're going by car, the local smash and grab thieves are well aware that Thunder Road brings people into the area with gear in their cars. Be very thoughtful and aware that people in the surrounding area may be casing you and your vehicle as you load and unload (assuming you drive rather than Uber).
It worked fine - Thunder Road responded promptly and I'm taking my guitar in to them.And how's that working out for you? Yeah...
Thx for the info James. Your shop is one of the shops I tried to contact (via your online contact form). Perhaps there was a glitch with your site, or maybe the msg wasn't forwarded to your tech.For what it is worth. I just saw this thread and checked a couple of our company email addresses. I did not see anything from you.
Anyhow a set up with new saddles installed $75 plus parts.
Direct to me
We are about 2 weeks backed up currently.
I've got a lot of guitars as well, so it's not a big deal for me if it takes a little bit for a tech to turn it around. I agree that a great tech is first and foremost, but there are several shops in town that have great techs.I have a large collection so having one or two in the shop for a little bit isn't a problem. I like that Tyler & Liz are so good that they're constantly busy. I like that they're concentrating on guitars and making sure everything's right rather than worrying about emails. I honestly get the OP's perspective but, similar to tattoo artists, I pick my tech based on their work and everything else becomes less relevant the better guitars feel & sound when I get them back
Tagging this for future reference. Thanks.I can't recommend SouthSound guitars in Tacoma enough. (yes, I know that's not in the city proper but Jeff, the proprietor there, used to work for Mike Lull for a long while as well as Dusty Strings and made me a guitar a while back.)