Fret buzz with standard action?
Eep.. I have bad experience with Long & McQuade.
I spent a lot of time trying to get my JEM7VWH's action right. I was able to get it low, but with lots of buzz. After a few weeks of tweaking, I gave in and went to a tech. $50 later, my JEM plays FAR better than I had it working, with lower action and less buzz. Still not as low as my strat (which has FREAKISHLY low action with zero buzz) but very low.
I'd say it would be a good thing to at least know of a good tech in town. Check out a bunch, look at their shops, ask them questions. There are a three big players here in Calgary, Miles Jones at Fretworks, Judy Threet, and Jim Mozell at Axe Music. Miles Jones is a waste of your time and money.
I nearly shelled out $6000 to take a course from him, learning to repair and build guitars. After about 2 hours at his shop asking some questions, I was sure that I didn't want anything to do with the guy; beside the fact that his shirt was hanging out of his fly the whole time, he seemed to be scrambling to do something in the back before he let me into the shop, and when he did let me back, he spoke very strangely and slowly, and there were many sticks of freshly lit incense. Didn't exactly give me the most positive impression of the guy I was going to trust my expensive instruments to. Later on he showed me his photo album, and guitar after guitar, he admitted to screwing them up. "Oh yeah, this one I ****ed up the bridge real badly," "This one is a Tom Song guitar that I actually built and sold under the Song Guitars name.." etc etc. His shop was filthy, poorly lit, his tools were makeshift, and when I was there for just over 2 hours, there wasn't another customer in sight in the middle of a business day. I believe he makes his money from his training courses, not his guitar repair business. So it was a no brainer, I wasn't going to have anything to do with him.
Judy Threet is a delightful woman who's very good at what she does; I've seen a natural finish flying V she repaired which had a section about 3"x4" ripped out of the lower horn, and she repaired it so you could never tell it happened. Unfortunetly, she decided to start her own acoustic guitar building business a while ago and doesn't do that kind of thing anymore.
Jim Mozell is a great guy. He's always happy to answer questions, polite, and gives good estimates on times and costs. His work is top notch, his shop is clean, well lit, and there always seems to be at least two other customers there waiting to talk to him, but he won't rush his appointment with me to get through customers.
So I've rambled a lot.. What's my point? Finding a good tech is like finding a good mechanic. To really make sure your guitar is in the best hands, you need to meet the tech, and make sure he/she is competent, trustworthy, and gets more out of working with guitars than just a few bucks. Don't expect a high performance tuning when you drop off your car at Minute Muffler.