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Guitar Services2021-01-02T00:14:13+00:00

The Guitar Bench

In the early 1990’s, Colin started touring with various bands as a guitar tech. Then in 1993 he opened Colin’s Guitar Works located in Nashville, TN. In 1995 he spent a year working for Gibson Guitars with the original team of luthiers that set up Gibson’s first in-house warranty repair department.

By the year 2000, Colin had an extensive client list of touring bands, local studio musicians and guitarists and collectors from around the nation. In 2005, he relocated his guitar bench to Northern Virginia where he continues to watch a parade of instruments pass through his shop.

If you’re in need of a basic set-up, emergency repair, vintage restoration or anything in between…

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Estimated Costs of Services

Guitars will need to be inspected to give an accurate quote.

  • Minimum Bench Fee: $25
  • Set-ups, $75 and up
    Guitar/Bass, Electric/Acoustic

    • Does not include strings.
    • Neck removal for truss-rod adjustment: Add $10
    • Non-locking tremolo bridge: Add $10
    • Locking tremolo bridge: Add $25
    • 12-string: Add $25
  • Fretboard Repairs
    • Level and dress frets: $150
    • Re-fret: $400 (and up)
    • Re-fret with binding: $450
    • Partial re-fret (first fret): $80; $50 each additional fret
    • Repair fretboard chips, cracks, etc.: starts at $45
  • Headstock Repairs
    • Simple Re-glue: $175 (finish touch-up and reinforcement splines extra)
    • Replace Tuning Machines: $50 (does not include set-up or filling old screw holes, etc.)
  • Neck Repairs
    • Truss Rod Adjustment: $15
    • Custom Made Nut: $90 (and up)
    • Install Strap Button: $20

Acoustic Guitar Services

  • Bridge Repairs
    • Re-glue bridge: $80
    • Repair bridge cracks: $35
    • Custom made bridge: $190
    • Repair worn bridge pin holes: $40 each
  • Saddle
    • Custom made saddle: $65
  • Electronics
    • Install pick-up: starts at $75
    • Route saddle slot: $100
    • Install pre-amp/volume pot: $50
  • Soundboard
    • Bridge plate repair (rosewood or maple patch): $150
    • Bridge Plate Replacement: $350
    • Re-glue braces: starts at $75
    • Repair cracks: starts at $75; $10-$20 per inch.

Electric Guitar Services

  • Electronics
    • Complete re-wire: $95
    • Install one component (pot, switch, jack, etc…): starts at $30
    • Install pick-up: $50
    • Route pick-up cavity: starts at $75
    • Wax potting of pick-up: $30 (does not include removal & re-installation)

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