As a musician, there are times when our instruments need to be serviced and repaired. Knowing what repairs and service to ask for and when to take it to a pro can be daunting if you don’t know what to look for. After all, no one wants to waste time or money on unnecessary work.
One of the main things to pay attention to when it comes to guitar maintenance is the action. The action is the distance between the strings and the fingerboard. If the action is too high, it will limit the ease with which we can play as it will require more pressure and strength from the hands to press down the strings. On the other hand, if the strings are too far away, then they may buzz when certain notes are played, making a sound that isn’t pleasant.
To ensure that your guitar is kept in optimum condition and playing at its best, it is important to get it setup professionally every once in a while. This is known as a guitar setup. It involves inspecting and adjusting many components of the instrument such as the intonation, the action, the nut slots, bridge saddles, neck relief, fret crowns, pickup height, and truss rod adjustment.
Depending on where you live and the person working on your guitar, the cost of a setup can range from $30 to $100. It’s worth noting that a proper setup is essential if you want to get the best possible performance out of your instrument, so don’t be afraid to spend a bit extra for quality work from a reputable technician.
Taking care of your guitar and getting it regularly serviced will help keep it in top condition. Knowing the signs of when it needs a setup, as well as the cost and what it involves, is essential for any guitar player. Don’t let the thought of taking your guitar to a technician daunt you! Instead, make sure you keep your guitar in the best playing condition you can.