Re: I got a new job... as a guitar repair man.
i am 20 and i got the job mainly because i can wire up electronics/ pickups. One of the guys that works at the music shop has an s-470 that he needed a paf joe installed in (already had the Mo'joe in there) so i said hey i'll do it for you and show you how. So i worked on it there in the music store, and it so happened that the GM noticed what i was doing and asked the employee if he thought i would work out as a contractor.
So that was it, the next day i spoke to the GM he told me what they needed and how to it do it asa far as invoices and what thier process is.
So for instance I had an acoustic that was in rough shape, it needed a truss rod adjustment, nut shim and saddle shim on the high e side. It didn't take me much more then an hour to have it back in great shape. I had the add the shimms to the nut and then glue and clamp it so that was really the longest part of the whole setup.
I have done setup work so far, mostly acoustic guitars. The common problem i am seeing is fret buzz or a dead note on one string one fret. Mostly the kind of stuff a truss rod adjustment will take care of, and maybe a little shimm.
I had to change out the preamp on one guitar and then fit a pre amp into another. That was hard. The guitar was a classical, so the piezo was a hair short and i had to split the difference. The saddle cutout was too wide so i had to use a fairly thick saddle which ment it was tall. I had to take the dremel tool and sand the bottom of the saddle and make a channle so that the piezo pickup would fit and set right under the saddle. The bridge was still a little too wide for the saddle and that was the largest i had and i think the largest they make so i had to fit in around the bridge with some epoxy. It didn't stick to the saddle just molded around it so it would be held secure without a lot of wiggle room. The piezo pickups are horrible if they can move around the bridge, it will cause some strings to sound dead and others to be much louder.
I had an epiphone come in that had a dead note. The guitar was brand new, and after looking at it and messing with it trying to get the note, i looked it and saw it had a high fret. The fret wasn't very high it just hadn't been radiused right . I hammer it a little bit and the guitar was great, nothing else wrong.
Anyways it has been a lot of fun so far. I have really enjoyed it.