Prices depicted here are derived from The owner /proprieter of Wood-n-Strings to provide area musicians with the lowest repair rates possible. From my years of experience, (over 25 yrs.) my goal is and always have been to provide musicians with the highest quality repair with professional results. Pricing has been developed over the years after taking in consideration the time, experience and comparable rates of other professionals in the service business. Wood-n-Strings shop rate has been set at $65.00 per hr. This rate is applied to repairs such as restorations or custom creations ( inlays, structural modifications, etc.)
Actual pricing can only be accurately quoted on "sight " of each individual repair. This can be done at the time of pickup as each instrument can be thoroughly evaluated.
I have spent over 30 yrs learning this trade and have performed these essential “setup” procedures countless times. That consistent repetition is what gives me the experience to know when and what to due to make the guitar, mandolin, banjo, etc. play to it's best ability. Through this experience, I believe to properly “setup” an instrument it is essential the the fretboard is adjusted properly. This means that the frets need to be”leveled” and properly “crowned” to insure there is no buzzing from the arc of the strings when they are plucked. Without this procedure the customer is only getting half of the job done . That is why my setup procedure includes fret leveling and crowning in the price of the setups. This procedure takes a a lot of experience, time and skill to perform it correctly. Many experienced repairman charge $100.00 and more for this procedure alone
Standard Setup: $85 -$100
Fret crowning, dressing & polishing
Saddle height adjustment (action)
Truss rod adjustment
Full cleaning and inspection
$85. for most instruments.
$100. for Floyd Rose & other Tremolo systems
Replacing worn frets $20.00 ea.
Often individual frets need to be replaced because the “wear” or “divots” are so bad that to file them level the fret height would be to low (under .030”) If more than 6-7 frets need to be replaced it is of my professional opinion that a full refret would be the best and more accurate way to proceed.
Full Fret job (unbound fingerboard) $225 -$250
Due to age and dryness of the fingerboard wood it is often difficult to remove frets without some “chipping” around the fret slot. This must be addressed to insure professional results. Maple fingerboards with lacquered or polyester finishes also need special attention
Full fret job (bound fingerboard) $250 - $300
When refretting a bound fingerboard it is essential that the frets be cut back and placed inside the binding so that thefret ends do not show. This requires extra steps in the fretting process which requires more time.
When a guitar falls from a stand it usually results with a crack in the neck close to the headstockwhich is the weakest area. Sometimes this can be severe and the wood fibers are shattered and itis difficult to repair without adding a little reenforcement. This is where I add "cleats"or small peg type dowels to span the broken area. this acts as a lamination to stiffen up the joint. I always follw up with a dark lacquer toner with 3-4 coats of clear on top to hide those unsightly cleats.(see ES-175 at top of page)
Making a new bone nut $45 -$70
6-string guitar $45, Mandolin $60, 12-string guitar $70, banjo & other 4 string instruments $50. This includes the price of the bone. Other materials may be used, such as micarta, Tusc, graphite, brass, but the cost of these materials will be added to the price.
Making a new bone saddle $40-$55
Each saddle has to be fitted for the slots of each bridge. Often when saddles are replaced this factor is overlooked. It is essential in a good setup that the saddle fits tightly into the slot so that the strings vibration can accurately transfer it's energy to the soundboard. This price includes the price of the bone
Replacing old tuning machines $10 ea. or $50 for full set
Many times the hole sizes for the tuners that are being replaced are different from the original holes. Often the small screw holes are located outside of the “footprint' of the new tuner. I always fill these holes and touchup with the appropriate color (this does not necessarily make the repair invisible)
Fitting a “removable”Mandolin Bridge $45 (labor only) + cost of bridge
An adjustable mandolin or archtop guitar bridge must have the base fitted exactly to the curvature of the top of the soundboard. This varies widely between instruments. Again this is to insure proper transference of tone.
The procedure for fitting an adjustable bridge is the same as for a mandolin ,just a little larger
Making a compensated saddle $65
This process is usually performed on “acoustic” instruments that have a small amount of intonation issues . It is possible to “true up” the intonation by adjusting the saddle by removing a small amount of material. This can be a debatable issue and is usually more effective on “higher end” instruments. I use an expensive strobe tuner to insure the accuracy of the scale
Installing Piezo pickup under Saddle $65 -95 (labor only)
The end pin hole must be enlarged to accommodate the new 1/4” endpin jack.After wirng the jack and the preanp a small hole is drilled under the saddle taking care not to disturb any existing braces. The saddle must be resized for the proper action and to insure good contact of the new pickup. In some cases it is required to cut a new bone saddle because the the original plastic ones are ill fitted to begin with. If a new or larger saddle slot is required to be routed there will be an additional charge ( to be approved by customer)
Re glue loose Bridge $75
The only way to properly re-glue a bridge is to remove it completely and thoroughly and clean all of the old glue from the bridge and from the top . Removing the bridge can sometimes create other problems. It is essential that the placement of the bridge is correct too. Many times the bridge is warped too badly to properly reglue it back on . In this case it needs to be replaced.
Making a new Bridge $125 - $150
Many times it is too difficult to find a replacement bridge that fits a certain make or model. When this happens the only option is to build a new one, After years of experience I have gotten very good at reproducing exact replicas of original bridges
Re glue a loose brace or cracked $15 + up
It can be very challenging to fit an arm inside a guitar and have the dexterity to be able to apply the proper amount of glue and clamps to reglue loose or cracked braces . This repair usually has to be addressed individually to give a proper quote
Crack Repair approx $20. per inch
This is often quoted by inspection of the damaged area. This includes glueing and reinforcing the repair with “cleats” ( small pieces of wood glued to the underside of the crack)Also included is touchup of the appropriate finish and color if necessary. These repairs are often not invisible, especially in crushed or shattered areas.
. Quieting noisy pots (electric) $35- $50.00
This requires more time than is thought. The strings and pickguard assembly must be completely removed. A thorough cleaning and inspection of all of the connections are done. All switches, pots and moving electrical contacts are sprayed, cleaned and dried . In about 75% of the time this procedure will take care of the “scratchiness” that is heard from dirty pots. Some times the culprit lies in cracked or loose electrical connections. If this is the case there will be additional charges to the repair.
Replacing switches, pots, jacks, and pickups $25. -35.00 each + cost of item
There is often resistors and capacitors involved with certain wiring configurations which requires extra soldering. Space restraints and grounding issues also come into play. Archtop and semihollow body guitars usually require the removal of the entirewiring harness to access the hardware.
Resetting bad neck angle (doveteail joint) $325 to $350.00
* This is a highly skilled procedure that could result in the ruining of an instrument if notcorrectly performed. It requires the neck to be removed from the guitar by means of steam then painstakingly removing the proper amount of wood from the “heel” of the neck so that the angle of the projected strings are in line with the saddle to create the proper playabilty. There is more times than not, that a certain amount of finish touchup is involved also. This procedure is usually reserved for the “higher end' instruments due to the cost of the repair. It is well worth the money if you have a fine vintage or heirloom guitar that is need of this procedure. It can restore an unplayable instrument to it's best playing and sounding capabilities.
Finishing and touchups = $50.00 + up
This can only be accurately quoted on inspection. Due to the vast array of finishes that have been used on instruments though the years it is difficult to determine the compatibility of each finish. In most cases this is not too much of an issue. For a few small touchups the cost often doesn't exceed $100.00
Full Refinish $600 + up
This is for the finicky customer that has to have it just right. It requires the complete dismantling of the hardware and a detailed chemical stripping of the original finish. The instrument is thoroughly washed to remove all contaminants and silicone’s and body oils Any dings, nicks or deep gouges will be repaired and may require a opaque finish (solid color). All colors and finishing material will be approved before the refinishing procedure is started .There is also 50% deposit required before work is started.
Custom Inlays * time & material
Due to the artistic value and material selection involved with custom inlays, the cost must be determined by the design and degree of difficulty of the project. Custom inlays are also subjected to a 50% nonrefundable deposit after approval of design and material selection. Inlays are very much like tattoos, they are very hard to change or remove.
Professional Appraisals $50
This includes an in depth 1 page report on the condition, playability, history ( when applicable) and all other price related information . I do price evaluations through current price guide reference books, recent internet sales and I research internet chat groups for additional information pertaining to the popularity of the instrument. This detailed information can be presented to a insurance company for claims or insurance values. This can come in very handy when needed for resale also.
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