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Average Setup Cost

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by JeffC, Jun 20, 2007.


  1. JeffC

    JeffC

    Mar 8, 2007
    My bass needs a setup bad, as it has never had one and there is some odd buzzing. I have been in contact with a Luthier in my area which was recommended to me. He said he would charge me $50 CDN to do a proper setup for me. I was told this is a good price but have nothing to base that on, thoughts?

    I had a friends guitar restored by him and he was VERY through and even made up a work sheet with everything he had done with the make, model and serial # on the guitar. We were quite happy with his work. In fact he mentioned that he will lend me one of his custom builds for the week he has my bass.
     
  2. fhbandy

    fhbandy

    May 22, 2007
    Boston, MA
    $35-45 usd seems to be a fairly standard price to expect to pay for a decent setup.. so i'd reckon you aren't getting ripped off or anything
     
  3. MechEngr

    MechEngr

    Jun 26, 2007
    Ohio
    I do luthier work for a local music store, and for a guitar distributer in Cleveland. For a guitar setup that doesn't involve any surgery or parts (strings, fret leveling, shims, machine work, etc.) I usually charge $25. With a fret leveling & polish, or a shim, I'll add $10-$15. I understand that the big boys charge a bit more, so your man is in the ballpark. If he's giving "as found" and "as left" data, he sounds like a good bet.
     
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