Things you don't want your repair tech to say

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Papazita, May 25, 2013.


  1. Papazita

    Papazita

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    I've been shopping the local guitar repair/luthiers, looking to get some work done on a fretless; new nut, replace the extremely worn & dinged-up fingerboard, possible refinish, etc. Here's a few gems I've heard so far...

    "New fingerboard? Fretless? It'll cost ya, $2,500 plus labor."

    "What's fretless? You mean you want a bound fingerboard, right?"

    "You busted a nut on your bass? No wonder you want it refinished! Huh huh huh..."

    "I only work on guitars. I don't know how to fix a bass guitar."

    And maybe my favorite:
    "There ain't no such thing as a fretless bass."
  2. Turnaround

    Turnaround

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    Bass Technician, Club Bass - Toronto
  3. Nikoubis

    Nikoubis

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    "Wait, your bass was supposed to be ready today?"

    "You want me to make this playable?"

    "You'll never believe what I found in the electronics cavity!"
  4. RAMUSIC

    RAMUSIC

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    Lawlf, those are priceless xD
  5. audioglenn

    audioglenn Gold Supporting Member

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    "Hmmm....I've never seen this before...
  6. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

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    I've pretty much heard everything at one point or another that entail varying degrees of $$, from new nut to refret.

    But the number one thing I don't want to hear my tech say -

    "The neck has a twist in it..." :bawl:
  7. SolarMan

    SolarMan Supporting Member

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    Nope, you shouldn't have done that!
  8. Spectrum

    Spectrum

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    "I hate Rickenbackers, but sure, I'll see what I can do..."

    Inspired by this jerk:
  9. David Jayne

    David Jayne

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    I won't be able to get to it for a few weeks, we're really backed up here."
  10. FronTowardEnemy

    FronTowardEnemy Bottom Feeder Supporting Member

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    I hope you don't mean it when calling Dave a jerk. He shows alot of secrets that other luthiers will not share, he has a wealth of information. Then again I work on my own gear, you may not.
  11. SolarMan

    SolarMan Supporting Member

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    Dave is awesome.

    And that video is hilarious!
  12. JakeLane94

    JakeLane94

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    I was doing the same, because my acoustic had something wrong with it, I kid you not....

    "OH THAT'S JUST A TRUSS ROD ISSUE, I'LL ADJUST IT FOR YOU FOR 30 DOLLARS"

    It was a problem with the bridge, which I eventually got my go to guy to fix.
  13. Bassbubble11

    Bassbubble11 Supporting Member

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    What's a repair tech?
  14. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Thou shall not F*** up the groove Supporting Member

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    ''What is a Hipshot Detuner?''
  15. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Gold Supporting Member

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    Wow so that's a 5 string bass huh?
  16. MrPierre

    MrPierre

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    I had this luthier that always set ultra-low action on every instruments I brought him, regardless of what I asked. I eventually found out he wasn't changing my string when he said he did, he just boiled my old string and charged me for a new set. He also shimmed the neck of all my bass without reason and would set the trust rod so every neck had a slight back-bow...

    Everytime I brought him a bass he would say "That model can't be set up for high action"

    Worst luthier ever.
  17. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

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    This....
  18. antonspon

    antonspon

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    Oh, man! What a JERK! I wouldn't let this guy near a kitchen chair, never mind an instrument! :spit:
  19. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Supporting Member

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    LOL that was 10 minutes well spent!
  20. Feral Feline

    Feral Feline

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    "Yeah, the crack goes clean through, and all the way down..."

    ... :crying:


    "The cost of repair will be considerably more than what the bass could ever be worth."


    ... :bawl:


    "There was a problem..."

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