Instrument Setup

Have You Been Set Up?

In this case, being "setup" is a good thing! It involves having us perform a few small but important adjustments to bring your fretted instrument back to factory playing specs, and usually, even better! There are several reaaons why your fretted instrument might need a setup:

  • Seasonal changes that affect the humidity level of your instrument
  • Heavier or lighter string gauges installed, making your instrument harder to play, or perhaps the strings are buzzing on the frets
  • Heavy use, heavy travel, or improper storage
  • Even under ideal care situations, the passage of time can change an instrument 

At GuitarSam, we can make your electric or acoustic guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, ukulele etc, play like a dream again and sound better than ever. The adjustments necessary will vary from instrument to instrument. Some of the possible adjustments may include:

  • Neck adjustment (truss rod)
  • Install new nut, repair old nut, or reslot the string slots
  • Check, tighten, repair or replace tuning gears
  • Clean fingerboard, polish frets, fret dressing
  • Check electronics, clean potentiometers and switches, check output jack
  • Adjust saddles (on electric) for intonation and action
  • Shim or un-shim saddle (on acoustic) to raise or lower action
  • Adjust tremolo arm (if applicable)
  • And many other potential adjustments...


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