Tech or Luthier in NJ
I'm looking for a bass tech or luthier in NJ for a set-up on my Fender American Standard Jazz.
I've had multiple set-ups done at the traditional corporate shops throughout the years, and have been left wholly unsatisfied. Had some potential RSI issues in recent months, and am looking for a good set-up with some super low action and much better playability. Not sure if my bass is the issue, or I've just been lacking a great set-up to make my Jazz play like butter.
Any recommendations? Sorry if this is the wrong forum - new to posting (despite the age of my account). Thank you!
Honestly, unless you need your frets dressed (if they feel sharp like they're sticking out too far on the edge of the neck) get yourself some hex keys and little screw drivers and do it yourself.
There are a ton of youtube videos about setup and other resources out there, but it's all pretty intuitive. If your truss rod needs to be adjusted because you have too much/too little relief, do that first with the strings tuned to tension. After you're happy with the truss rod, set the action by adjusting the saddle heights, then check the intonation with the 12th fret harmonic. If it's flat or sharp, move the saddle forward or back accordingly.
Make small adjustments at first to make sure you are going in the right directions. If your truss rod won't turn, try the opposite direction. There's a chance it's as far as it can go one way or the other. Otherwise if you do something wrong you're just turning screws anyway, so you can always turn them back. Leave some of the more intense stuff like fret dressing and cutting a new nut and things to the professionals, but simply lowering your action or getting the right truss rod relief really doesn't need to cost you whatever some guitar shop is going to charge for it.
Thanks, I'll look into those places. While I'm *sure* I could figure out how to do basic truss rod and saddle adjustments, I'd be petrified to try on my Jazz to start. Though would definitely be a good skill to pick to make fine adjustments on my own.
Do any of these people specialize in working with basses? Is that a thing, or does any guitar techs in general do that kind of work?
I second http://thefretworks.com/
George Goumas does fantastic work.
I recently had a full setup and some mods done by him.
Fret sprout filed down, frets dressed, fingerboard edges rolled, wiring harness voiced(new pots caps to my liking), new bridge installed(old holes plugged), and a fully shielded pickup cavity. He checked with me every step of the way to make sure I knew what he was doing and signed off on it.
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