Guitar Repairs
 
 
 
 
"I have the good fortune to have several guitars, which means I have the bad fortune of having guitars in need of attention. I first met Stuart in Tom Ribbecke’s Healdsburg, CA. I learned he was a fellow Pittsburgher, but more importantly, I found out that he intended to return to Pittsburgh. As soon as he relocated, I took advantage of his skills. He has repaired finish flaws, corrected electrical problems, replaced a poorly intonated, improperly positioned tune-o-matic with a perfectly intonated carved ebony bridge and performed a tour-de-force truss rod transplant in a Lace Helix twisted neck guitar. His approach to instrument problems is thoughtful, prices have been reasonable and his craftsmanship of the highest order." - Mike (Happy customer)
 
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If you’d like to schedule a repair drop off or consultation please call to make an appointment, or fill out the repair form below and Stuart will contact you within 2 business days
 
 
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Set Up
 
 
All Set Ups Include:
  • Adjustment of action at nut and bridge
  • Intonation adjustment
  • Hydration and cleaning of fretboard
  • Fret polish
  • Checking and tightening of all hardware
  • Pickup height adjustment
  • Evaluation of instrument for possible repair considerations and potential improvements
  • Clean and polish of instrument>Lubricating string slots in nut
 
 
 
Acoustic 6 string guitar - $45
Electric 6 string guitar (Non locking tremolo) - $50
Electric guitar locking tremolo (Floyd Rose) - $70
4-5 string bass - $50
6 string bass - $70
12 string guitar - $80+
Mandolin - $60
Basic re-string - $20:
  • Cleaning and oiling of fretboard
  • Polish of instrument
  • +$20 for 12 string of 6 string bass
 

 
 
Fret Work
 
Fret work is done on an in-house made jig system for extreme accuracy. Set up is included with refrets and fret levels. Fretboard is leveled and radius is reestablished. standard nickel alloy fret wire is used but stainless and Evo is available for extra charge upon request.
  • Sharp fret end dressing - $40
  • Fret dress (Level and polish) $150
  • Refret unbound fretboard (Ebony or rosewood) - $200
  • Refret Unbound maple fretboard - $300+
  • Refret Bound fretboard - $275
  • Refret gibson “nib” fretboard - $475
 
 
Bone Nuts and Saddles
 
All new bone nuts and saddles are hand cut from unbleached bovine bone and include basic set up. Additional charges apply to alternative materials or special requests
  • Acoustic 6 string guitar and 4 string bass nut - $80
  • 12 string nut - $100+
  • Classic B-bump saddle - $55
  • Individually compensated bone saddle - $80+
 

 
 
Electronics
 
All electronic prices are for labor only
Minimum $35 bench fee for wiring
  • New pickup insulation for solid body electric guitar or bass - $35
  • Under saddle acoustic pickup installation - $60
  • Under bridge plate acoustic pickup installation - $90
  • New potentiometer installation - $15 (additional fee for instrument that require strings and/or pick guard be removed for electronic access)
  • New 3 way toggle switch - $15
  • Complete rewire -$120 and up
  • Additional $35 for hollow and semi hollow body electrics
Any other custom wiring work will be quoted in the shop
 
 
Other common repair and restoration
  • Acoustic bolt on neck re-set - $275 and up
  • Acoustic dovetail neck reset - $375 and up
  • Archtops neck reset - $475 and up
  • Set neck electric neck reset - $275 and up
  • Strap button installation - $15 + parts
  • Tuning machine installation - $35 + parts ($30 uncharge if tuner holes need reamed)
  • Wooden bridge pin fitting - $25 +parts
  • Acoustic guitar top crack fixed - $40 plus $5 per cleat
  • Acoustic guitar pick guard re-glue - $60 and up
  • New acoustic bridge - $200 and up
  • Broken or lose brace repair - Quoted on site
As an instrument maker I can competently recreate any wooden bridge. It is helpful to have the original, at least in parts, but I can recreate originals using pictures if that is all you have.
 

 
 
Finish Work
 
Finish work is accepted on a case by case basis. Often the cost of finish work is not justified given the value of the instrument. minor touch ups can be done in house but bigger finish jobs must be done in another facility.
 
 
 
Notes
 
These prices are best estimates based on typical working times. repair work though is not an exact science and each instrument comes with its individual peculiarities and challenges. I will always communicate any additional issues that pop up while working on your instrument which may raise costs before I move forward.
 

 
 
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