Here's more info to my services:

“Hello Friends,
 
I am currently accepting repairs and restorations on a client/appointment basis (drop-offs).  New requesting clients:  READ one last guideline below prior to soliciting my services.  With lessons I meet up with between 35-45 people per week, I'm quite busy.  Please keep meetups to a minimum so I can accomplish my best work.  I’m most flexible weekdays:  early afternoon and a few evenings (after lessons around 7-8pm).  Weekends aren't the best.  Let me know when you’d like to schedule a drop-off (reply with a few days/times that work for you).  Email is preferred.  I personally thank you for your business the last 27 years.  Let's make some music.”

TASKS WE ARE / NOT CURRENTLY ACCEPTING:


YES:  Guitar And Bass Setups, Restring, Repair, Mods, Pickups, Electronics & Restoration
NO:  Refinish, Paint, Inlay, Re-Fret, Re-Wood*
YES:  Tube Amp Repairs, Some (Fender) Solid State Guitar Amps, Tape Echo Units, New Speakers
NO:  Many Solid State Amps, Pedals, Rack Effects, Band Instruments, Keyboards, PA, Mixers, Power Amps, Pro Audio, Home Electronics, Digital Equipment, Speaker Re-Cones*.

*Feel free to inquire any job (we can sometimes work in other tasks/outsource or offer faithful referral).
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1. All PRICES BEST CASE SCENARIO & SUBJECT TO CHANGE/$35 MINIMUM BENCH FEE


2. FIRST COME/FIRST SERVE BASIS, 40% INCREASE FOR RUSH JOB.  ESTIMATES CAN DELAY YOUR REPAIR TIME.


3. PLEASE READ THE “WHAT WE DO & DO NOT WORK ON” SECTION FIRST.


4. A 30-DAY WARRANTY ON LABOR (AT TECH’S JUDGEMENT/APPLIES EXCLUSIVELY TO SPECIFIC TASK PERFORMED & NEW PARTS ONLY).


5. WE ARE CURRENTLY LOW ON SPACE.  PLEASE PICK UP YOUR REPAIR ASAP WHEN READY.
AGAIN, ONLY CHECK IN YOUR ITEM IF YOU ARE PREPARED TO PAY & PICK UP.  NO STORAGE HERE.  I CAN'T STRESS THIS ENOUGH.  NO STORAGE HERE.  IF THAT'S A PROBLEM HOLD OFF UNTIL YOU ARE READY, WILL BE GLAD TO HELP AT THAT TIME.  THANK YOU.  WE ARE ALL NICE PEOPLE.


$30 STORAGE FEE APPLIES AFTER 30 DAYS.  60 DAYS AFTER REPAIR THE ITEM IS SOLD TO RECOUP PARTS AND LABOR.

***TO PROCEED YOU AGREE TO ALL ASPECTS OF THE PRIOR 1-5 SIMPLE STIPULATIONS***

P.S.  How filthy is your amp?  Does it smell musty or moldy?  If so please clean it up unless you'd rather pay me shop rates to clean it for you...no one wants that!
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Price Guide 2017
Guitar Maintenance and Restoration

1. Full Set Up:  neck/bridge/action adjustments, intonation, restring/stretch/tune.  Std $55 labor + strings.  For most instruments. Add $20 for twelve string, mandolin, or floating tremolo. most banjos, resonator instruments.


2. Restring:  electric/acoustic/classical $20 labor + strings.  For most instruments. Add $15 for twelve string, mandolin, or floating tremolo.


3. Nut replacement/custom cut $65 labor + parts.  +Cost of material/blank ($5-10).  Brass nut $85, Twelve string nut $125+.  Mandolin nut $110+

4. Custom acoustic bone saddle: $65 Setup and compensated for improved intonation (no additional charge) +parts


5. Tuner replacement/quick set up $55 labor + parts.  (Twelve string $75).


6. Pickups:  electric install $45/55 +routing extra, acoustic $65.


7. Jack replacement/upgrade $18 + parts


8. Misc. electronic mods from $45+.


9. Strap button $5.


10. Broken neck/body re-glue (without refinishing) $65. inquire for finish.

Vintage Tube Amp Restoration


1. Complete Once Over/Servicing of pots, jacks, tube pins-sockets, ribbon-pin connectors, effects loop, switches, test and confirm high voltages, rebias, clock output wattage $80 ($60 solid state).


2. Retube/ReBias without mods $40 labor + tubes, $55 with bias pot install/modification.  Add $30 for #1 servicing.

 

3. Electrolytic Cap Job  from $75-$150-$200 pending size of amp (ex. 18w to 50w to 100w)

 

4. Plate/Grid Resistor Updates $75 reduce random snap/crackle/ pop/fizz. Advised during cap job for rate discount (Cap job+resistor updates=less $).

 

5. Upgrade to ceramic tube sockets from $25 per.

 

6. Marshall to Plexi/Silver to Blackface MODS $80-100.  Combine this with others for reduced rate.  Highly recommended.


7.  Misc: replace broken pots, jacks, speakers, etc. $40-50.


8. Tolex/tweed, grill cloth, piping, handles, logos, faceplates, custom mods and de-mods.  Inquire ahead.
We match online pricing for tubes and speakers.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q:  My guitar/strings are very hard to play.  I have to push very far, why is that?  Won't stay in tune, are the tuners broken?
A:  Your guitar needs a set-up.  We can make most guitars play great & vastly improve tuning stability.

 

Q:  My amp knobs crackle and it randomly cuts out sometimes, is it fixable?
A:  It probably needs a good servicing and once over:  “cleaning pots, jacks, switches, tube pins/sockets, ribbon/pin connectors and effects loops”.

Q:  My $50 distortion pedal died, can you fix it?
A:  Is it worth fixing?  I’d say a top notch pedal is worth the effort, mass produced pedal maybe not.  We have many requests for repair to where the bill exceeds the value of the item.


Q:  Will you work on my digital ______?
A:  No.  Not unless it’s a mechanical problem such as a jack, pot or connection.  Surface mount components/nano technology is generally not serviceable.


Q:  It’s Wednesday and I have a gig this weekend, can you fix my amp by Friday?
A:  You can request a “rush job” (40% rate increase) pending the tech’s approval/availability to work “overtime”.


Q:  I just had my ’65 tube amp in last month and now it has problems again?
A:  Classic amps often develop multiple problems.  Old parts do fail.  It’s often best to hit everything in one shot, while it’s in the shop.  We can’t warranty your vintage amp’s components, just the work we do accordingly (don't cut corners).


Q:  What are the most recent tube amp mods you’ve done?
A:  Peavey 5150 II to 5150 original, Silverface to Blackface ‘70s Fender, Bogen Tube PA into Marshall-Plexi-ish Guitar Amp, adjustable bias mods, many Fender Blues JR. tweaks, Traynor-to-Plexi, Marshall DSL/TSL massive board updates, Princeton to PR circuit, tube-mic-pre rebuilds.


Q: What’s your connection to ANALOG MAN?
A:  He refers his tape echo jobs here.
Q:  Why don't you repair/take on everything?


A:  There are manufacture limitations such as proprietary parts, confidentiality of service manuals, etc.  Many new items are nano circuitry.  My space limitations require me to stay focused & specialized with what I do best.  I'm also trying to greatly reduce repeated hand motion.

Q:  It's probably just a tube?
A:  Could be, but of course there's many, many other components...