Things you don't want your repair tech to say

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

  1. Papazita


    Jun 27, 2008
    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 Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
  3. Nikoubis


    May 3, 2007
    Athens, Greece
    "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!"


    Sep 15, 2012
    SLC Utah
    Lawlf, those are priceless xD
  5. audioglenn


    Jul 14, 2012
    "Hmmm....I've never seen this before...
  6. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    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. Nope, you shouldn't have done that!
  8. "I hate Rickenbackers, but sure, I'll see what I can do..."

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

    FronTowardEnemy It is better to go unnoticed, than to suck Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2006
    Plainfield Illinois
    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. Dave is awesome.

    And that video is hilarious!
  12. JakeLane94


    Apr 27, 2013
    I was doing the same, because my acoustic had something wrong with it, I kid you not....


    It was a problem with the bridge, which I eventually got my go to guy to fix.
  13. What's a repair tech?
  14. Thomas Kievit

    Thomas Kievit Guest

    May 19, 2012
    ''What is a Hipshot Detuner?''
  15. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Gold Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    Wow so that's a 5 string bass huh?
  16. MrPierre


    Oct 22, 2012
    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

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
  18. antonspon


    Mar 27, 2013
    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

    Jul 5, 2010
    LOL that was 10 minutes well spent!
  20. "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..."