Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Chicago, IL:The Windy City
Re: Can any "good" guitar tech setup a Jem correctly
It think it's great that you learn to set up your guitar by yourself but make no mistake my friend a professional tech will do it better just for the simple reason he is more experienced, I don't understand why everyone so far is bashing techs like they didn't know what they were doing, that's a dumb way of thinking. There are good and bad techs out there just like in any other profession and you can't say they're all bad out of 1 or 2 bad experiences. You guys say on the one hand that techs are bad that is better to do it yourself yet you mention Rich's site for guidance and advice, I ask you what is he? is he not a Guitar tech in his own right? you guys need to get real and give unbiased advice. A setup by a good tech will leave your axe tuned like a Ferrari of course you have to do a bit of homework to find a good tech, investigate his reputation, you can also find out if they are certified techs, many of them can be certified to work on several brands and usually this certificates are displayed in the shop, the next thing you want to do is tell them what your guitar issues are (Good shops will usually ask you to play you guitar there so they can see what you are reffering to) then tell them what your setup expectations are, for ex:action, pickup height, frets etc... then
they will tell you upon inspection what they think the guitar needs and how they think they can correct the issue, then you leave you guitar for them to work on and viola!!! you see it wasn't so hard but difinitely you have to do your homework to find a good tech and you need to get involved in the repair process as I explained earlier it's not enough to just go to any Joe off the street that calls himself a tech and tell him: "can you kinda set this up man"
because then you'd get results like the ones our fellow Jemsiters had.
The key is also your satisfaction!!! I can't understand why people would pay a tech or accept an instrument back if it wasn't setup to your liking after all
you are paying for it so you deserve to be satisfied with the service or otherwise have them make it right for you, that's why when you pick your guitar up from the shop you play it right there and then infront of them (Good shops will usually have amps for you to try it out) then you'll really see if it was setup right or not and if there are issues you can tell them what they are and they'll try to make it right for you and tweak it to you liking.
This is the service I always receive when I go to Third Coast Guitar service my guitar shop, I've going to them for the last 12 years and I've built such good rapport with them that I don't need to explain to them anymore how I want my guitars set up they already know and I always get a 10 to 20% discount so it pays to have a good relationship with an acredited Guitar shop.
Last edited by OLIE_ROCKS_THE_80'S; 07-06-2006 at 03:58 PM.