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    What is Fair Prices for Guitar Repair these days?

    OK, for simple to complex..What's the "going rate" or "reasonable charge" these days? PLEASE Feel free to add a repair, cost or Luthier hourly rate from where you go...
    The motive for starting this thread is that I had my pickups (2 humbuckers) swaped out and it cost me $50 (Seymour Duncan JB and a 59 in the neck w/coil tap) Tech said it was 2hr @ 25/hr

    What's the hourly rate for guitar work where you are?

    string change only (uh.. just asking)

    guitar intonation adjustment

    cut a new nut

    Replace Pickups

    Replace Volume or tone Pot

    frets...rework/replacing
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    I think $50 for a 2 - 3 pickup swap is about right. If I did a strat or les paul swap, and maybe replaced a pot or 2 in the process, I charge anywhere from $25 - 50, depending on the complexity of the work.

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    I don't think I've paid more or less than 35 bucks for a "set-up" which seems to include strobe tuning, intonation adjustment, neck adjustment, string changing (bring your own strings) action adjustment, pick up height adjustment and overall fit and finish kind of stuff...if there's a fret that needs a little filing that's usually included.

    Seems like 50 bucks covers pick up swaps and moderate fret dressing or things like swapping nuts or bridges.


    Tell you one thing, I've pretty much had it with paying people to do this kind of stuff though. I'm in 'learn how to do it myself mode.'

    I have NEVER EVER gotten my money's worth from any of the luthiers here in town.

    I've taken guitars in for neck adjustments, jack replacements etc and the guitars always come out with the same problems they went in with.

    Now that I've met a few guys that know how to do most of this stuff and are great about showing me and teaching me, I don't expect to take a guitar to anyone again.
    Stay out of it, dude.


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    Well, originally I thought $50 was high for a pickup swap but I don't feel so bad now. He charges only $25/hour which is CHEAP compared to say a Plumber,etc..... I thought about doing it myself but didn't want to chance it on a $1600 geetar

    Like Broken was saying...learn to "do it yourself" but some tasks I'm skeered to take on. i've cut blank saddles and did a nut once with my Machinist needle files but don't have the tools of the trade to go much further. I once paid a shop to cut a nut for $35 to find out later it was cut too deep on 3 strings and filled it with super glue. Hell I'm good at cuttin' to deep but not what I expect from "professonal" service..
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    Here in Ft. Lauderdale, the guys at Sam Ash wanted $80 - $90 for a setup on a non-trem guitar. BTW, you have to supple the strings. I told the guy he was way over priced and walked away. I went to guitar center in Hallendale and the guy charged 39.00. Deal. He did an excellent job.

    I had a fret job done, which included lowering the nut, smooth the fret edges, and of course the leveling. $200.00. Excellent job, plus this was on a homemade guitar i.e. my 5150

    That's it for my experience.

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    I have found Luthiers to be very random, Theres guys out there that think theyre Gods Gift of Guitar setups and expect you to pay such, Then theres guys who are just lazy and feel doing a simple setup is a waste of time and price themselves out of it. Then theres the guys who are really cheap and dont know what the hell they are doing. So my point is, if you find a good luthier thats fair about pricing hang on to him/her and support them as much as you can.

    To me being a Luthier isnt a job about Money, but more about the passion/love working on insturments, but some guys ive talked to youd think all they care about is getting top dollar on average at best work.

    To me 20-35 bucks for a "simple setup" and you supply your own strings is fair. a decent luthier can do a Setup in less then an hour. I know I could and im not a "Professional Luthier".

    Pickup Changes seem to be the worse in price gouging, if your using the same pots, I could change a pickup in 5-10 mins. So your talking 50 bucks for a "simple setup" and Pickup change when you supply pickups/strings to me thats fair.

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    I think $30-35 is the going rate around her for a regular setup.

    I paid $50 a few years back to have a new net cut/installed on one of my Wolfgang specials. I thought that was a pretty good price.

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    Well a good tech did not spend no where near 2 hours on a pup change but the bottom line is it was done correct and you could sleep good. I think it was a fair price and the guy has to make a living. On the other hand $200 for a fret dressing is way steep in my book.

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    $140 for a refret at J.Gravity Strings in St. Louis, MO. Keep in mind that I haven't had an axe refretted in about two years.
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    In all my years of tooling around with guitars i have never once charged anybody for any work i have done, this includes simple set-ups to changing the pickups right up to re-painting and re-fretting. the way i see it is, i'm doing something that i enjoy doing. I also encourage people to hang around and watch when they drop their guitars of, that way i can teach them, it aint rocket surgery. Store/Luthier prices are way over inflated imo
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    Went to GC today for some set-up help, fret buzz at 12. They charge $40 locally for set-ups, $50 for specialty (12-string, etc.). The guy went through all the paces, showing and explaining as he went, and charged me only $10 for 45 minutes work. Independence, MO GC.
    I swear, it's like I'm playin' cards with my brother's kids or somethin'. You nerve-wrackin' sons-a-bitches.

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    I have an original 1980 Dean ML (bought it new 30 years ago) and just had all electronics TOTALLY replaced, as the pickups were dead.

    2 Dimarzio Super Distortion pickups,3 pots, toggle switch, jack, wire, screws and shielding + string set up

    Really like the tech's work...Total cost was $300........Fair price??

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    Quote Originally Posted by axebrian View Post
    I have an original 1980 Dean ML (bought it new 30 years ago) and just had all electronics TOTALLY replaced, as the pickups were dead.

    2 Dimarzio Super Distortion pickups,3 pots, toggle switch, jack, wire, screws and shielding + string set up

    Really like the tech's work...Total cost was $300........Fair price??

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    if all the parts were included in that price then i would say it was fair
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    Quote Originally Posted by axebrian View Post
    I have an original 1980 Dean ML (bought it new 30 years ago) and just had all electronics TOTALLY replaced, as the pickups were dead.

    2 Dimarzio Super Distortion pickups,3 pots, toggle switch, jack, wire, screws and shielding + string set up

    Really like the tech's work...Total cost was $300........Fair price??

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    I'd say its fair for the parts and labor pricewise -- but especially because of one thing. You said you really like the tech's work. That's more valuable most of the time than the price, even if you have to pay a little more (not saying you did here though, that price seems fair).

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    Quote Originally Posted by axebrian View Post
    I have an original 1980 Dean ML (bought it new 30 years ago) and just had all electronics TOTALLY replaced, as the pickups were dead.

    2 Dimarzio Super Distortion pickups,3 pots, toggle switch, jack, wire, screws and shielding + string set up

    Really like the tech's work...Total cost was $300........Fair price??

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