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String Instrument Labor Rate Electronic Labor Rate
 Set-Up  Tube Amp Bias
 Nut Work  Amp Maintenance
 Bone Saddle  10 Year Amp Maintenance
 Fretmill  20 Year Amp Maintenance
 Scallop Fingerboard  Bad Cap Symptoms
 Pickup Work  Why Recap?
 Guitar Wiring
 Tremolo and Locking Nut  
 Strap-Lock Installation  
 Finish Work  

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String Instrument Labor Rates

Shop Rate
is $100/HR
at the Guitar Bench

$20 minimum

Includes Fret Buffing! Plus oiling the fretboard, and the adjustments for Relief, Action, Intonation, Pickup Height, Nut Adjustment, String Change, and EXCLUSIVE FREE while you wait re-tweaking of set-up at Cranky's for 1 year! Beat that for service!
String price not included.

Any Electric Guitar
(plus strings)

Any Acoustic Guitar
(plus strings)

Truss Rod Adjustment Only


 Intonation Set Only

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Nut Work
(Includes Material)
Choice of: Bone, Corian, or Brass


Bone has been the favorite material of luthiers for many years due to its long wear and musical tone.


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6 String Guitar or
4 String Bass

6 String Guitar or
4 String Bass

12 String Guitar,
5 or 6 String Bass

Rework Existing Nut to Proper String

Bone Saddle (Includes Material) Custom Fit and Intonated, The Ultimate Acoustic Tone Mod!

Get more of the tone and character your guitar already has. More clarity, fullness, and volume.


If in addition to a Set-Up then add only $40.00

Consists of Fret Leveling, Recrowning, and Polishing to an extremely high luster. Makes string bending easier, and can eliminate dead notes. The fretmill process substantially hardens the frets, adding life to the frets you already have. We do NOT "file frets down". Our proprietary methodology exceeds results obtainable with traditional techniques.

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  Full $180.00

Partial $100.00


Most often, a fretmill or partial refret is the needed repair.

Thorough prep work and painstaking attention to detail result in consistent world-class fret jobs. Make your ax play as well as any guitar you have ever played.
I believe that the creative energy of the musician is held in store in the guitar, so we never hammer frets in or otherwise strike an instrument. Instead, I put my loving and caring energy into the work, adding to what's already there. You will feel the difference immediately.

The refret prices do include the above fretmill, except on Entry-Level Guitars

Includes fret wire (no stainless).

Several types are stocked.

Entry-Level guitars only; does not include the fretmill process.

Typical; Maple or Bound Rosewood with Dot Inlays

Complex; Pearl Block or Fancy Inlays, or Plastic Crown work.

Fingerboard with Ruts, Warps; add to price for Plane and Fill


Maple Fingerboard Needing Reshaping

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Partial Refret Normally requires a new Nut.

Includes adjusting Existing
Nut only.


First Fret $70.00
Each Additional Fret $21.00
Scallop Fingerboard

Professional Cleaning Disassemble, Clean and Rebuff for a Factory Shine, lifts out small scratches.


Special Enhancement: Improve Tone, Sustain, and Tuning; Proprietary new Technique Utilizes Safe, High-Tech Materials. Results are less Slack Storage, and Greater Retension of String Energy. Get more Tone and Sustain, Less Tuning Problems! Highly suitable for Vintage Instruments.

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(parts not included)

Replace a Pickup
Replace Additional Pickups, Each $25.00
Route Pickguard Only to add a new pickup
(this price applies only if in addition to installing the pickup)

Transducer Pickup Installation; We recommend the Fishman Acoustic Matrix systems. We do the best Battery Clip Installation Anywhere. Taylor Owners take Note: All Factory Parts Used, Factory Trained Technicians.

New Installation of Magnetic Pickup in Guitar
Consists of all Routing and Wiring.

Repotting a pickup to reduce or eliminate microphonic squeal, your choice. Some folks like that little bit of vintage vibe, some just want to play loud. We will eliminate squeal unless you specify otherwise.

First pickup $50.00
Each Additional $20.00

Re-magnetize Weak Pickup

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Complete Rewire

Any Stock Wiring Configuration

First component $50.00
Each Additional Component $20.00
Replace Pickup Selector Switch
Strat, Tele, Les Paul, SG or PRS Types. Part not included.



(parts not included)

Drill, Mount, and Wire the First One $50.00
For Each Additional One $20.00

Output Jack Replacement (part not included)

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Tremolo and Locking Nut Installation  parts not included
Install Floyd Rose in Non-Floyd Rose Equipped Guitar
Including Nut Installation, Routing as Needed.

Install Floyd Rose Original in Floyd Rose 2 Equipped Guitar
(licensed, or stock import tremolos)

Replace and Set-Up Vintage Fender Style Tremolo
(2 or 6 Hole Type)


Strap-Lock Installation

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Finish Work  
Refinish Painted Guitar

 $500.00 to $800.00
Finish New Guitar


Dents, Scratches


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Minimum $100
Plus for each 1/8" over 1/4" Add $20.00


Minimum $150.00
Plus for Each Inch Over One Inch Add $20.00


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Minimum $200.00
Plus for Each Inch Over One Inch Add $20.00

Electronic Labor Rates

Shop Rate is $120/HR at the Amplifier Bench

Minimum Electronic Bench Fee is $60.00

Tube Amp Bias

Maximize tube life while providing a strong healthy tone quality, by proper adjustment to release the optimal tube operating characteristics.
Tubes initially drift quite a bit from their correct bias point. For this reason, it is always suggested that you retube with burned-in tubes. This means that a new tube will change its characteristics quite a bit, and that once a day or two of use is on the tube, that the characteristics will stabilize to a large extent. This is very important to understand and use. Over time your tubes will require a different correct bias voltage in order to run at optimum performance. Failure to keep tubes properly biased can reduce an otherwise fine tube's lifespan by years.

Variable Bias Amplifier $80.00

Fixed Bias Amplifier $100.00

 Amp Maintenance

Includes tube amp bias, cleaning potentiometers, cleaning and re-tensioning tube sockets, diagnose and advise on general operation, specifications, condition of all tubes, power supply and failed or missing components.


 10 Year Amp Maintenance

Includes the above amp maintenance and additional labor to replace power supply capacitors.

Breathe new life into your amp by replacing power supply capacitors. This will restore the strong, healthy hum-free punch your amp was born with. Get rid of the the mud now. Electrolytic capacitors are rated for 10 years of life. Failure of a single capacitor in your bias circuit can cause hundreds of dollars of damage. At risk are your output tubes, sockets, resistors, and audio and power transformers.


20 Year Amp Maintenance

Includes the above 10 year amp maintenance, plus the labor to replace the remaining electrolytic capacitors, which are in the audio circuit.

Due to the fact that these capacitors are under less stress, they generally outlive their rated lifespan of 10 years. Although we recommend replacing these caps no later than the 20 year mark, most players choose to perform this work during the ten year service for sonic and safety concerns.Since these caps are in the audio circuit, unlike the power supply caps, you can expect a difference in the tonality of the amp. Specifically, the amp will sound like it did when it was new. In general terms, capacitors will drift from their rated value until they are outside the stated tolerance or fail. When they fail it is usually due to leaking of the electrolyte in the case of power supply caps, or breakdown of the dielectric in the case of electrolytic caps in the audio circuit. Depending on where in the circuit the cap is, the effect on the way an amp sounds can be varied.
Some probable symptoms of an off-specification cap would be:
muddy sound - lacking strong clear bass, muffled or lifeless response;
reduced dynamic range - lacking the ability to repeatedly give percussive passages without "squashing down" or "loosing it", the second shot is not as loud as the first;
early distortion - an amp may otherwise sound fine but become dirtier at lower volumes and or settings;
bad distortion - awful, broken sounding, non-musical distortion that gets worse as you turn it up;
no sustain - cutting out can also be caused by improper bias adjustment;
too much bass - swimming obnoxious low tones that cant be dialed out;
tinny sound - an uncharacteristic brightness pervades, while a loss of volume may be noticed.
loss of volume - caps have a lot to do with apparent and actual loudness.

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