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Guitar center set up

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by ghostrider, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. ghostrider


    Jun 12, 2010
    As anyone ever gotten their bass set up by a guitar center tech? Any thoughts on what they did well or wrong? And how much did you pay?
  2. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    Every single one is different. GC doesn't do a lot of training for their techs, they tend to hire people who already have some experience. Just depends on the person.
  3. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses, Hipshot products
    That's what I was going to say.
  4. James Judson

    James Judson

    Jul 16, 2009
    I would stay away from GC advise for the reasons already mentioned. Their consistency for knowledgeable staff is questionable at best (sometimes I'm wrong here but why take the chance). I would go to the mom and pop shops and ask who they use and then go right to the source.
  5. dtripoli


    Aug 15, 2010
    Normally I would also agree, getting guitar work at GC can be sketchy at best but it depends on the store.
    I got some great advice from the new luthier at the Pasadena, CA store. Lauren T. was pretty knowledgeable about bass electronics and walk me through wiring process. Haven't had any actual work done as I'm a do-it-yourself guy unless it comes to refretting.
  6. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
  7. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Yes, learn to do your own. Better yet, if you live in a metropolitan area, hook up with a fellow TBer who has some experience in this arena. Nothing wrong with a quality set-up by a pro provided he demonstrates what's right & wrong and method of remediation. Two-way dialogue is a must. Stay away from techs who simply snatch the bass from your hands and say "it will be done in 5-7 days".

  8. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    Guitar set up at GC? Never. Just, never.
  9. rockinrayduke

    rockinrayduke Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2007
    Henderson, NV
    I was insulted (by someone who should know better) in another thread for my opinions on GC (and a lot of chain stores) and their lack of knowledge in matters like this. Guess he told me, huh. :rolleyes:

    Once you slowly walk through the steps doing your own setup is cheaper and fun. If there's something you can't handle find someone (through your player friends or the M&P stores there) that is capable and will listen to what you're saying.

    But follow these links and try for yourself. Once you've made the bass more playable it's quite fulfilling. Good luck!
  10. bolophonic


    Dec 10, 2009
    Durham, NC
    It varies too much from store to store. If you have a Guitar Center nearby, then there are probably better options locally.
  11. pocketgroove


    Jun 28, 2010
    The "pro"at my local gc round told me that CTS was a style of pot, not a brand.
  12. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    My tech Jimmy works at the local GC this guy is incredible he does all of my work and I like the set prices I tried a local "luthier" and after all the little extras he did the price was almost double and he never gave me a heads up before doing the extra work he's considered one of the best in the area I wasn't impressed. I never thought I would find someone at a Guitar Center but I did and I'm very happy.I asked my tech if he thought about opening his own place and he said he's getting a good salary and benefits and plenty of customers who needs the hassle of starting your own business I couldn't argue that one.
  13. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I bought a used Precision at GC. They had a tech set it up but it wasn't right. I ended up doing it myself. It really depends on the person they have doing it.
  14. Ignorance happens everywhere - f'rinstance NASA was a good example.

    Talk to the guy in the GC Garage and while you do, watch what he's doing to other gear that he's working one.

    Get to know him (the guy in the GC/Murietta CA is very good) you will know whether you want him to work on your stuff or not.
  15. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Like everyone says it's hit or miss I agree with Surfer you have to get to know the people who work on your gear and watch how they handle stuff my tech is a guitar player and knows how to handle gear he takes his time polishes everything almost obsessively and he goes over what he did and how he did it. I could learn to do my own setups but when I was younger I didn't have the patience now that I'm older I'm lazy I just like to take my stuff somewhere and get it done but I really respect and admire people who do it themselves.
  16. The Guitar Center in Orange CT. had a phenomenal tech who did a fret job and set-up on an Alembic. He no longer works there and as already stated they don't seem to have any consistency when it comes to technicians.
  17. frianbisher


    Dec 28, 2007
    Milwaukee WI
    I would have to say give us a shot. You would be surprised at how knowledgeable a lot of us are. We all come from various backgrounds so it never hurts to stop in and get to know your local tech and get a feel for his (or her) abilities.
  18. rockinrayduke

    rockinrayduke Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2007
    Henderson, NV

    I'd say that couldn't hurt to give them a chance at least if you feel you're not ready to tackle it yourself. And like we're seeing, you can't paint all the GC's with the same brush. You might get lucky.
  19. ghostrider


    Jun 12, 2010
    Alright thanks for the advice