Guitar Repair and Maintenance Birmingham AL

Mason Music now offers guitar setup, guitar maintenance and guitar repair options to students and customers!

Visit any of Mason Music’s four studios for details how we can take care of your acoustic and electric guitar needs!

Guitar Repair Birmingham AL

Electric Guitar/Bass Setup Includes:
• Truss Rod Adjustment
• Action Adjustment
• Intonation adjustment
• Tremolo Adjustment
• Pickup Adjustment
• Fret Polishing
• Fretboard conditioning (as needed)
• All hardware and electronics checked/tightened
• Cleaning

Acoustic Guitar Repair Birmingham AL

Acoustic Guitar/Bass Setup Includes:
• Truss Rod Adjustment
• Saddle adjustment/filing for Action and Intonation
• Nut Adjustment (if needed)
• Fret Polishing
• Fretboard Conditioning (as needed)
• Hardware checked/tightened
• Cleaning

Electric Guitar Repair and Maintenance Birmingham AL

Banjo Setup Includes:
• Truss Rod Adjustment
• Saddle Adjustment/Filing for Action and Intonation
• Nut Adjustment (if needed)
• Head Adjustment
• Fret Polishing
• Fretboard Conditioning (as needed)
• Hardware checked/tightened
• Cleaning

Acoustic Guitar and Maintenance Birmingham AL

Nylon-String Guitar/Ukulele Setup Includes:
• Saddle adjustment/filing for Action and Intonation
• Nut Adjustment (if needed)
• Fret Polishing
• Fretboard Conditioning (as needed)
• Hardware checked/tightened
• Cleaning

Do I Need New Strings When Getting My Guitar Setup?

Yes. Acoustic guitar setups and electric guitar setups are best performed on instruments with fresh strings (new strings are not included in the setup price). You can provide us with your own preferred strings or purchase strings at any of Mason Music’s studios to be put on your guitar during setup.

You’ll need to fill out this setup form before dropping off your guitar.

How Do I Know If My Guitar Needs To Be Set Up?

The need for a setup really depends on the kind of player you are. A working musician may need guitars set up monthly while a student may only need one every other year. For the casual player setups are generally needed:
• on new beginner instruments (and some high-end ones)
• if the instrument is dropped/falls over/is hit
• if string gauge/tuning is changed (long term)
• if it’s exposed to harsh environmental changes

A general rule of thumb is to have the setup checked twice per year.

Note for Beginners: A setup can make your first guitar more comfortable and sound better. Fighting the annoyances of high action and poor intonation is no fun for anyone! Not sure if your guitar needs to be setup? Don’t worry! We are always happy to evaluate an instrument and provide recommendations at no cost.

GUITAR MAINTENANCE SERVICES INCLUDE:

Guitar Repair and Maintenance Birmingham ALFret Dressing
We’ll check for and reseat any loose frets, file them all level and reshape the crown of each. This process can make a dramatic difference as any frets that are slightly high, low or worn (which can cause annoying fret buzz and require higher action to compensate). This process takes between 2 and 4 hours and requires the strings and nut to be removed, so it’s best to be paired with a setup. This is something that only needs to be done a couple of times at most through the life of the frets.

Nut Adjustment
Nut adjustment is another common need on electric guitars. (This service is included on acoustic guitar/banjo setups.) Many players like to change the nut or saddle material and that requires the new pieces to be custom fit in most cases.

Electrical Work, Including
• Pickup swaps
• Jack/pot replacement
• Custom switching (phase, coil split, treble bleed, etc.)
• Upgrades to lower quality components

Hardware Upgrades
• Upgraded tremolo blocks
• Installing a Bigsby
• New nuts
• New bridges
• Other replacement hardware

Our Fees:

Guitar Setup ($45 plus tax)
Hourly Repair ($35/hr plus tax)

You can drop off your instrument any Mason Music studio for service. Items will take up to 7 days to setup/repair and will be ready for pick up at the studio of your preference.

Don’t see something you need listed? Contact us and we’ll let you know if we can fulfill your request.

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