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Looking for a set up in New England

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by knigel, Jul 1, 2018.


  1. knigel

    knigel

    Apr 20, 2009
    Hopedale, MA
    I'm the Squier of Fenderbirds
    Hello all,

    I recently picked up a 1963 Kay and I’m looking to get a set up, and maybe replace the bridge with and adjustable type. I live in Hopedale, Mass, but I travel for work from Westerly, RI (making Upton an option) to mid coast Maine (and Canada but I’m not sure I want to cross the border with it!). I have done some research and have a couple of names, but I was wondering if anyone they used they really like. Thanks in advance!

    Here’s the bass

    F4C4EC8F-C07C-491F-9502-B19F8F72179D.
     
  2. Rodger Bryan

    Rodger Bryan Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2006
    Connecticut
    Besides Upton, I have also dealt with:

    Zachary Martin in Pawtucket. He's a meticulous restorer, a great listener and very personable.
    Home | Zachary S. Martin

    Mark Leue in Ashfield MA. He's a very nice guy, does good work, a "thoughtful tinkerer" and reasonably priced.
    Mark Leue Stringed Instruments
     
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  3. knigel

    knigel

    Apr 20, 2009
    Hopedale, MA
    I'm the Squier of Fenderbirds
    Ohhh thanks for the tip on Zachary Martin—any idea where his shop is? I used to live on 12th street in providence, which is almost the Pawtucket line.

    EDIT: Found it. Oddly enough my gf worked in that building when we lived together in providence.
     
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2018
  4. mooseonbass

    mooseonbass Supporting Member

    Jun 24, 2011
    Boston
    Mark Carlsen in Tewksbury Mass has a great touch with Kays. I highly recommend him.
     
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  5. knigel

    knigel

    Apr 20, 2009
    Hopedale, MA
    I'm the Squier of Fenderbirds
    Great tip, thanks! Getting a ton of good suggestions here and in DM.
     
  6. Chuck_G

    Chuck_G Supporting Member

    Jul 24, 2009
    Boston Area
    +1 for Mark Carlsen. A great guy who does great work.
     
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  7. Rodger Bryan

    Rodger Bryan Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2006
    Connecticut
    I have not worked with Mark Carlsen before, but he was highly recommended by several New England folks for great bass setups.
     
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  8. msw

    msw

    Aug 21, 2003
    Massachusetts
    I have worked with Mark and his setup work is impeccable. He is a great player which I think is important and he has done may setups for many years. Highly recommended.
     
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  9. Sam Dingle

    Sam Dingle Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2011
    New Orleans

    100% Mark Carlesn. Great guy and great luthier. Contact him here: The Set Up Shop-Welcome! I used him for my bass before moving from mass to new orleans then he was kind enough to rent me a bass when I was back in the north east.
     

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