|As was mentioned in the "Services" section, a set up is absolutely essential to the well-being of your instrument. I recommend for professional players that this be done once every 3 months, and for recreational players, once a year. Of course your strings should be changed much more often, but the set up process is important. As the seasons change the wood of a guitar will shrink or expand, causing changes in your instument that effect the way it plays, and the way it sounds. These changes need to be corrected to avoid long term damage to the instrument. The Balliet Guitar Company set-up includes:
- A thorough cleaning, and polish with
- Condition the wood of the fingerboard with
lemon oil. This prevents your fingerboard from drying up, and warping, cracking, or exposing the sharp edge of a fret.
- Polish frets, this is purely aesthetic
- Lightly sand the string slot of the bridge and the edge of the hole in the tuner with 600 grit sand paper. This is enough to remove any burrs that can break strings, but won't damage the appearance of the bridge or tuners.
- New strings. Make sure you use the same brand, and gauge when you replace them after the set up. A different gauge, or sometimes even a different brand of the same gauge will change the set-up.
- Adjust the neck using the
truss rod so it's either straight or has a very slight amount of relief or "bow"
depending on what the player prefers (I can help you figure out which is
best for you).
- Adjust the action (distance between the top of the
fret and bottom of the string) to a comfortable setting. This is done at
both the nut and the bridge.
- File down and polish the top of the nut
so half of the string's diameter is above the surface.This allows the
string to vibrate freely, and adds clarity to your tone.
graphite to the string slots in the nut. This allows for smoother
- Lubricate tuners. This increases their lifespan, and also
allows for smoother tuning.
- Tighten all hardware to eliminate any
sort of rattling as the strings vibrate.
- Adjust the intonation of
the instrument. This is done by moving the saddles either forward or
backward until all the the fretted notes are in tune with the open string.
- Adjust pick-up height, this ensures even volume across all the strings, and in some cases, increases the over all volume of the guitar.
- Test electronics, clean potentiometers, and switches.
- Tune the instrument to the customer's requested tuning, and stretch the strings one final time (this is done repeatedly throughout these steps) and play the instrument to check for any further repairs that may be needed.
- Polish the guitar one last time, put it back in it's case, and call it's owner to have them pick it up.
*extra charge for strings over $7