#1
I have an Epiphone Les Paul that I want to use for Drop A playing. I spoke with the guitar tech over at guitar center and he wants to charge me about $60 for resizing the nut to fit the 12guage strings I have, and another $60 for a complete set-up of the guitar with those strings. Do those prices seem fair?
#2
if you have the right tools and knowledge it's a 30 minute job. I'd probably pay him to do the nut and do the setup myself.
#3
I personally think $120 is a lot of money for resizing/replacing a nut and some intonation/buzz work. Especially the latter is relatively easy on a Paul.

I know the guys at my local shop would charge €45 (which would be equal to about $60) for the entire job.

The nut is easy as pie if you have a small file. If need be buy a cheap one and practice a little.

Drop A is friggin' low though!
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I have an Epiphone Les Paul that I want to use for Drop A playing. I spoke with the guitar tech over at guitar center and he wants to charge me about $60 for resizing the nut to fit the 12guage strings I have, and another $60 for a complete set-up of the guitar with those strings. Do those prices seem fair?
If a "complete set-up" means setting the bridge height and intonation, it's a rip-off.

But if it means leveling/crowning/polishing your frets, adjusting the relief, and setting the bridge height and intonation, it's worth every penny.
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#5
60$ just to resize the slots is pretty steep. I made a nut from a blank for a guy and only charged 50$. You need to find a better shop than GC.
#6
Check a nearby guitar shop. They might do labor for cheaper. Also, isn't 120 bucks a lot, especially considering the price of the guitar is only $300-$500?
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#7
lol, do it yourself.

either that or buy a bc rich with a wrap-around, mine is in A, very little buzz, sounds good.

thats with .013-.056 strings on there.


its as easy as a restring/set-up.
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#8
also, it might not be in you're best interest to use this guitar for lower tunings, I don;t use anything under 25.5" for below Db. It gets very buzzy with an epi's scale length.
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#9
everyone here is right...
just get a small file... use a pencil to mark what you need to dig out, get a screwdriver (assuming your TOM is like mine) and a pack of strinks all together 20-40 minutes, about 20 bucks in tools
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#10
That is a complete rip off. PLEASE do this yourself, you could get a nice pedal for what he's charging, and it's only about 30 minutes of work. If you've never adjusted action or the truss rod or whatever, this would be a good learning experience for you. Just file your nut until the strings fit it better, pretty straightforward. Here's a good resource for setting up your guitar. https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=602241
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#11
thanks guys for all your help, everything made alot of sense. I've been playing for a little less than a year now and I have done complete standard tuning, action, intonation, clean up and everything on my other guitar.

Reason I wanted to take it to a Tech to get this done is that I tried to do it myself previously and messed up. I used a dremal on the nut and messed up the slits, I realized after I put it back on that also the new nut was sitting pretty low causing a lot of fret buzz. Raising the bridge higher to stop that, made my action at the bottom of the neck ridiculous. If I decide to use this guitar for my tuning that I will take my time and listen to your suggestions on fixing the nut the correct way.

One guy that replied in here mentioned to me about using a B.C Rich w/ a wraparound for tuning that low. I am capable of getting a Warlock from a buddy of mine for fairly cheap that just needs some minor work.(missing volume knobs, bridge, strings) Do you think I would be better off using that for a Drop A setup?