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if so, what does it include and how much does it cost
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how about im too lazy... and please just answer the question
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Hey, so am I, but I'm also cheap.

Yes they do and they'll charge you $40 or so for it at my local one, could vary from place to place.
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Hey, so am I, but I'm also cheap.

Yes they do and they'll charge you $40 or so for it at my local one, could vary from place to place.


cool thanks dude
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Yes, Guitar Center will setup your guitar for you for about 40ish bucks. And as a bonus, they'll also do it poorly.

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Yes, Guitar Center will setup your guitar for you for about 40ish bucks. And as a bonus, they'll also do it poorly.

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well i would hope they actually hire certified technicians... not just careless high school kids
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From what I've heard Guitar Center is overpriced and pretty lax about it. You'd be better off going to a local store that you trust and that actually want or need your business than taking it to a chain who will just see you as another number to bleed money from. But then again I'm from Scotland and we get gouged for everything over here
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well i would hope they actually hire certified technicians... not just careless high school kids

The problem isn't that they're certified or lacking it, it's that they're lazy and paid off comission, so they want to spend less time fixing your truss rod and more time polishing a turd on the floor to sell and line their pockets.
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hmm... well unfortunately, the nearest sam ash is a state over in CT, about a 4 hour drive from where i am (yeah, it seems according to there website there isnt a sam ash in massachusetts? correct me if im wrong) and guitar center is the nearest guitar store to me... which is still about a 30 minute drive
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I wouldnt have GC do it if I was you I trust my local tech WAY more than guitar center he just does much better work.

EDIT: Full setup includes setting the action, intonation, new strings, and truss rod adjustments if neccesary. My luthier also cleans my guitar and lemon oils the frets for me as well.
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i wish i knew of a local store... F*ck guitar center and there sh*t pipe monopoly
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i wish i knew of a local store... F*ck guitar center and there sh*t pipe monopoly


ha ha im sure there is one you just have to find it I didnt know about the one I go to now until a guitar friend of mine took me there once.
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i wish i knew of a local store... F*ck guitar center and there sh*t pipe monopoly

monopoly? Not by a long shot, don't throw out business terms you don't understand, it makes you seem ignorant. Besides, if not for GC and other big box stores, we'd be paying MSRP on guitars, I for one don't want to pay $600 for a mexican strat.

In anycase, I know it's been said, but learning to set up and care for your own instruments is an invaluable skill and saves you plenty of money. I mean, 40 bucks to turn the truss rod a little bit, adjust string height and length at the bridge? Maybe shim the neck and change the strings, depending on how much you pay/where you go? No thanks. It also feels good to do your own work, feels accomplishing.

I usually do guitar setups and work while I'm watching TV at night. I shimmed the neck of my tele while I watched 30 Rock last week, and tonight, I'm rewiring my LP while I watch south park.

Also, I wouldn't trust any big chains with any of my gear, and a lot of smaller shops don't get my business, either. When I need something done, there's a shop in Bolingbrook, Il and Aurora, Il that I'm willing to drive 2 hours to just to make sure my guitars and amps are in good hands.
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monopoly? Not by a long shot, don't throw out business terms you don't understand, it makes you seem ignorant. Besides, if not for GC and other big box stores, we'd be paying MSRP on guitars, I for one don't want to pay $600 for a mexican strat.

In anycase, I know it's been said, but learning to set up and care for your own instruments is an invaluable skill and saves you plenty of money. I mean, 40 bucks to turn the truss rod a little bit, adjust string height and length at the bridge? Maybe shim the neck and change the strings, depending on how much you pay/where you go? No thanks. It also feels good to do your own work, feels accomplishing.

I usually do guitar setups and work while I'm watching TV at night. I shimmed the neck of my tele while I watched 30 Rock last week, and tonight, I'm rewiring my LP while I watch south park.

Also, I wouldn't trust any big chains with any of my gear, and a lot of smaller shops don't get my business, either. When I need something done, there's a shop in Bolingbrook, Il and Aurora, Il that I'm willing to drive 2 hours to just to make sure my guitars and amps are in good hands.


chill out, it was a joke... and i have very little experience in adjusting a guitar, im scared to screw anything up
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chill out, it was a joke... and i have very little experience in adjusting a guitar, im scared to screw anything up

http://www.projectguitar.com/tut/tutorial1.htm

everything you could ever need to know about setting up your own instruments.
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When I took my guitar to get setup for the very first time I witnessed them using a razor blade on my SG's neck to clean it. I was so pissed off I took my guitar right then and there and learned how to do it myself.
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I have a local privately owned guitar shop I take my LTD and Ibanez to if I ever need anything I cant do myself.

They showed me how to change strings better than I could do myself, and they dont charge an arm and a leg. *shrugs*
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When I took my guitar to get setup for the very first time I witnessed them using a razor blade on my SG's neck to clean it. I was so pissed off I took my guitar right then and there and learned how to do it myself.

yeah, to get the gunk off the fretboard and out from under the frets without separating them from the board. I've seen it done, not too common, place I go to uses spatulas for that.
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yeah, to get the gunk off the fretboard and out from under the frets without separating them from the board. I've seen it done, not too common, place I go to uses spatulas for that.


There's many better methods out there then taking something as sharp as a razor blade to a fretboard though, that was my big problem. I understand it works, but why not use a much more orthodox method?
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how long does it usually take for them to do everything?
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how long does it usually take for them to do everything?


Well im not sure on guitar center but usually it takes my luthier about a week or so to get a guitar setup. His general waiting peroid for repairs is 10 business days but its usually done within in a week. Some may find this absurd but you gotta think about the fact that this is the only guitar shop in omaha so anyone that needs stuff done goes to him.
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I had my squier jazz bass setup last april at my local GC in Orange, CT. The guy down there is certified, and he did a basic setup for free, but if I wanted the whole thing set and cleaned up, I would have to pay $60. There is also a catch, when they are setting up your guitar/bass, they always say your going to need new strings, so then i had to pay $27 for some bass strings.

about 4-5 days I went down picked it up, there was still a buzz on the 14th fret on the D string, and only acouple months later, by neck is becoming arched again. This time i'm taking it to my local place, which charges the same, and I'd think they would do a better job, plus my the GC in Orange, CT is 40 minutes out of the way for me. I recommend a local place.
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I see that you are from Massachusetts. Are you close to Cambridge? If it isn't too far from you go to Mouradian guitar repair. They are located above a music store (Cambridge Music Center) on Mass ave. Anyways Mouradian used to build guitars years ago but they got out of the guitar production business and now they just do repairs. I had some fret work done by them about 20 years ago and they were excellent. I recently discovered that they were still in business and they are tucked away upstairs from the music store. Not sure what they charge for a setup but you won't be disappointed in the work. Forget GC I wouldn't let them touch a kids starter guitar.