There is a bona fide luthier shop in my town. They push out their own line of guitars but also claim to be pros on all things Fender and Gibson. I have PRS SE Hollowbody. I am in love with this guitar. Recently the G string started buzzing. I did a few things at home to troubleshoot but to no avail. So I took it down to the luthier to see if he could help. While we were discussing he made a comment about it being "a made in Korea guitar, blah blah that's what you get". I dismissed the comment at the time.
Upon measuring the distance between the strings and the nut he determined that the nut was too high at the connection with the G string, said it would be easy to fix and quoted me a price.
I asked him to also do a pro set up on the guitar while he had it, chose some strings for the set up, etc.
A week later I get a call from the shop saying my guitar is ready for me to pick up.
When I got there the lady who runs the front of the shop says, "he wasn't able to fix the nut. He put a new nut on but didn't like how it sounded so he switched back to the original. Sometimes things like this just can't be fixed". I asked her if he at least did the set up and she said yes. They didn't charge me for anything but the new strings which was decent of them.
When I got home I was shocked by the condition my guitar was in. It was covered in fine dust from where he had obviously worked on the nut. The truss rod cover wasn't on the guitar, it was just thrown in the case, and while he did put new strings on he didn't even attempt to tune it.
I feel like he dissed my guitar. I don't really buy the "this just can't be fixed" line. But regardless of that, how hard would it have been to wipe the dust from all the sanding off? Especially while you had the strings off. I feel like taking a guitar in for a set up is kind of like getting your car detailed. Shouldn't it be returned to you better than how you left it? Am I reading too much into it?
The shop gets great reviews and a lot of my friends take their gear to him and rave about his service. I just feel like he treated my guitar that I love like crap and in a way it feels personal. I don't think he had malice towards me but maybe just thought the guitar wasn't worth his time. Any thoughts?
I tried to make a list of different recommendable luthiers and sort them by price. Please note that the price category I put them in is always the cheapest gurdy they offer. Since most hurdy gurdies don’t have pro studio recordings I tried to take home recorded samples of all gurdies to make the comparison fairer. But there’s obviously is still a big difference since it’s different players of different skill levels. Please also note that the sound sample isn't always the cheapest model they offer. It's more to get a general expression. I decided to not mention waiting time, since that’s a factor that can change very rapidly. If you miss a specific luthier that you think should be included, please let me know. I’ll try to keep this updated.
I love when that happens.
I see a lot of people here asking for how much a fix would cost. Understandable. But I then see a lot of replies saying things like "I would charge you $150 for that, but I don't know what people are charging in your area." This is, frankly, not as helpful as you might be imagining.
Please consider answering with how many hours you'd charge for when making the repair (and maybe list any extras you'd charge for like parts or materials). It's a much more helpful measure than dollars, because the OP can use that to shop around their area or make a calculation based on what they know a local shop charges per hour.
(And if you can't convert your charges into service hours, I believe you should overhaul your pricing practices)
He chipped it in several places removing frets.
Bought the stuff to fix the chips, didn’t even fill the chips in the whole way.
He put the frets in, cut the ends, and that’s all he did.
For context he refretted it once already.
It was absolutely terrible. Frets popping out all over. Very rough scratches on all of them, and recesses the tang and didn’t fill it in.
It looked soooo bad.
He had it for 2 weeks and when I went to pick it up I’m pretty sure he threw it together while I was on my way to pick it up (hour and a half drive).
The glue was wet, and frets popping out.
He said “ya know what I’ll redo it completely, no charge”. Fine.
Asked him to send me pics and asked what the progress looked like.
He did. 2 weeks later I asked that he take as little Metal off as possible when leveling.
He replies “how about you just come get it, since you want it a certain way”.
The pics show he installed the frets and cut the ends.
Didn’t properly fix the chips in the fretboard, and I have no idea how bad the tang is going to recessed (asked for flush tang like it was stock).
At this point I’m terrified to even let him continue working on it since he does everything so half-assed.
I am going to pic it up now and he’s asking $200 for installing the frets and cutting the ends. (No leveling or anything else.....except for the chips he didn’t even fill in completely).
He did make a beautifully carved bone nut $80.
Is this fair?
I’m going to pick it up now and don’t know how to respond to the terrible work I’m sure to behold.
It’s Gibson Les Paul Studio with ebony board.
Input would be appreciated.
Thank you for taking the time
Ojo les tengo mucho respeto pero nunca me sacaron una sonrisa. Si quieren pueden compartirme algún videito que les parezca muy bueno para ver si cambio de opinión
Edit: Me parece que muchos están confundiendo "entender" los chistes con que te causen gracia. Dije que no me causan, no que no los entiendo
As the title said, I think I might've actually given up hope on him getting in that game. I'm not breaking up with Luthier, far from it. But wanting him in Heroes has just been horrible for me, especially within the past few months. And just last night, we got a banner for yet another game, the series' fourth game, Genealogy of the Holy War, leaving his games, Fire Emblem Gaiden and Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia, in the dust as usual. I've had to wait for him for 3 years, and now it's yet another month of having to wait with no real certainty. It's to the point where, if he's not in the game by the 6th Choose Your Legends, I'm genuinely considering botting him votes. So, honestly, it's just not worth waiting for him to get in the game anymore. It doesn't look like the game's developers have any plans to put him in or make a banner for his game(s) in the future, or at least not that's known. It's quite sad and actually pretty terrifying, considering how long I've waited for him for, how many orbs I've saved up (over 8400), and how much effort I put in, like convincing you guys to vote for him in Choose Your Legends 5 just to increase his chances at getting in, but I just don't think it's worth stressing over anymore. He'll get in when he gets in, but I don't want the anxiety of Luthier not getting in to control me anymore. It's made me cold, bitter, and caused me to snap at others. I can enjoy my relationship with him without worrying about whether or not he'll even get into FEH. But it will take a long time for me to trust Intelligent Systems again, provided I ever do.
I'll make a reaction post and post some screenshots, vids, and fanart should he get in. Luckily, there's another banner scheduled for March 4th, so not all hope is lost! Maybe March 2nd/3rd will be the day he gets announced!
So I decided to give her a try because she explains on her website that she really cares about fitting instruments to musicians so that playing feels and sounds good. (I have had my baby back from her for a fortnight and it’s so much more comfortable to play now — the magic of correct string heights *amaaAazing*.)
Anyway, during my visit to the workshop, a friend accompanying me noticed that one of the hanging violins was signed. The luthier, with her back turned to us (because she’s inspecting my violin), mentions that she’s repairing it for one of her clients, who had a famous violinist autograph it.
I whisper to my friend, “Someone [read: r/lingling40hrs] told me that [xyz place in Singapore] has a violin on display signed by Brett and Eddy.” The luthier, still with her back turned to us but without missing a beat, “Oh, wasn’t their visit there a while back?”
She didn’t even ask who "Brett and Eddy" were. We proceed to chat about TwoSet’s videos as if they’re some of our mutual friends. Guess she’s the right luthier, folks. :')
It's a six string acoustic and I would love to know more about it: make, model, and date, etc. The headstock says Fender but mixed info here and there online says it may be a Harmony guitar, an H165, but branded for Fender - sometime in the 60s. Is that even a thing?
I'll let the pictures speak for themselves: https://imgur.com/a/107yRou
Heh.. I joke in the title, but I figured I'd ask some folks online before taking my guitar to a luthier. I want to get some work done but I'd like to know what it is so I can learn more and not hire someone blindly.
I would greatly appreciate any and all information! Thanks in advance
Don't know anyone whose specialty is lutes but my grandpa played the violin and I figure the peg mechanisms are similar enough between the two that he could tell what's wrong if anything.
Hello! This is kind of a vague question but I will try to give as much detail as I can. I play the ukulele and have two myself, including a solid cocobolo ukulele. I love it for its dark and full sound. However, I recently played a hand made ukulele by a respected luthier that was a spruce top with cocobolo back and sides and it sounded terrible. Like the dullest ukulele you can imagine. The tone was clear, but incredibly... dead. I looked inside and everything looked normal, there wasn't crazy heavy bracing or anything weird. It looked like every other ukulele of its caliber does, with the minimal amount of bracing needed to keep it together, etc. No sign of damage to the wood or anything like that. The wood looked normal for high end luthier work, by all appearances the instrument should have sounded lovely.
The best way I can describe the sound would be if you recorded it and turned everything but the bass down super low (like treble almost completely off) and the bass down to like 10%. Like you stuffed a sweater in it and then put it in a sound proof box. The strings were not worn down or anything like that. It had already been looked over by the ukulele shop.
I won't name the luthier because that's not the point of my post. My question is this - what could cause a professionally crafted ukulele made with quality wood to sound so stifled?
The only thing that I noticed that was notably different than my cocobolo ukulele is that this one was much lighter - but that may have just been because of the spruce top rather than a difference in the cocobolo. Is it possible that maybe cocobolo as a tone wood loses its ability to carry the sound if it is too thin and that this luthier cut it too thin in an attempt to keep the instrument light? But even if that were the case, would that be enough of a difference to decrease the sound so severely?
Maybe this isn’t what people are using this thread for, but I’m looking for a guitar luthier who can make custom electric guitars. If you can’t tell, I don’t have much knowledge on the subject, I just would like to know more about it.
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I see spruce tops on ukuleles all the time, but rarely if ever spruce backs, sides, or necks. Should I not do it?
After an adventure up a mountain with skis, a chainsaw, and a sledge this week and a day spent in a friend's workshop today, I have a little supply of perfectly-grained, straight, dry, rift-sawn spruce. I have already milled some of it down to 2 mm thick panels, and dimensioned two generously sized neck blanks that are very stiff and light. I would love to build an instrument (or a few!) entirely out of this one wood.
However, this is my first serious attempt at building a finer instrument, and I don't want to mess it up! I found one forum comment that said that it is better to use hardwoods on the back and sides of an instrument to reflect the sound, and bouncier softwoods on the top to reverberate. What should I expect in the sound if make it all out of spruce?
Also, the neck! I know ukulele necks are frequently made of mahogany or maple, for strength, stiffness, and dimensional stability. This spruce I have is light but very stiff and straight grained. Will it work for the neck? Like most ukuleles, I am intending to build with no tension rod, but I will be sticking to ukulele sized scale lengths and nylon strings, so I am inclined to think it will be fine... but I don't really know.
Thanks for any help, advice or discussion!
I don't intend to mean that in disrespect to the luthiers but I know many have their own style. But I'm looking to have a very specific instrument built.
I have personally slimmed down guitar necks dramatically, on 3 separate guitars (acoustic, guitalele and electric). I also radiused and refretted them. For each I had adjust or build out new saddle. Never got around to redoing the bridge.
My hands are small and I prefer necks much slimmer up the neck. At least 1 5/8" at the nut and and slimmer up the neck and needing to pull strings closer too. It actually makes selective muting and clean fingerpicking easier for me. I can also use my thumb to fret more easily.
My vision is a tenor size guitar, i.e. single 0, ~23" scale length with this smaller, in proportion freeboard width. Or even something like the martin 7-28 with that smaller fretboard. I'd have them do it but they cannot do this level of customization.
I just do not have the time to learn this. As it is I don't have the time I want for my family. I probably don't quite have the funds for this but I'll work towards that.
They simply don't make the guitar that I feel best playing. I want to make it a reality and am lost as to how to find that person.
Need to restring my instrument and due some maintenance. It’s been a few years and I’m not the greatest owner. Also need to repair my bow.
Looking for a Psarianos type quality if there are any other Michiganders in the know.