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I have an odd question, I'm not sure that this is the correct forum, but I need a serious answer so that rules out The Pit . I want to set up my electric guitar for slide, so that being the case I want to take it to a shop to do this. Is it rude to bring in a guitar to be set up with strings that you didn't by from the shop? This is not a guitar center, it is a small store run by one man, he's the only person employed, and... he's kind of a weird guy. However he set up my acoustic perfect last fall, BUT that time I bought the strings in the store. Any thoughts...Is this a dumb question?
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#2
are you still paying him for setting it up? if so, then i don't think it should be a problem.
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Haha that's not rude; how will he even know?

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#4
I don't think so. You're paying him for a service. If that service involves using YOUR strings and he doesn't sell them, I don't see a problem at all. Even if he sells the strings, if you already have a set, I don't see any issue. He'll charge you for his labor and be done with it.

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#5
not really rude. if you own the strings, he'd be an ass for making you buy more.

I can understand him wanting to make a little money, but as far as he's concerned, you buying the set-up and bringing your own strings is better than him losing the set-up business because you refuse to buy strings
#6
Certainly not. As others have said, if the tech is getting paid for a setup, he or she would have to be a genuine ass to get worked up over you not buying a new set of strings as well. I think you will be just fine with your request.
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#7
Nah its not rude, but those one man show type of stores are the ones you should be buying from anyway. Maybe buy a few replacement sets instead?
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Nah its not rude, but those one man show type of stores are the ones you should be buying from anyway. Maybe buy a few replacement sets instead?

I totaly agree with this.
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Nah its not rude, but those one man show type of stores are the ones you should be buying from anyway. Maybe buy a few replacement sets instead?


+100. the service is (usually) so much better, well worth the slightly increased prices in my opinion
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#10
i usually have a set up when i buy a new guitar and ALWAYS take my own strings. it stands to reason, those are the strings that i like and will use n the future, so i want to make sure that the guitar is set up for that particular brand/guage.

there's nothing rude about it!
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Nah its not rude, but those one man show type of stores are the ones you should be buying from anyway. Maybe buy a few replacement sets instead?

Definitely agree with this. I always buy my strings in my local shop to try and keep them going, even so the number of shops within 20 miles of me has reduced from about 10 to only 3 in the past few years.

More people need to support these local business or they will all disappear.
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#12
the profit to be made on a pack of strings is peanuts compared to what the guy will get for doing the setup.

don't sweat it.
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#13
I've done it before, it's a little awkward when you see a sticker from another store but at the end of the day he was at my store getting work done on his guitar so who cares?

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the profit to be made on a pack of strings is peanuts compared to what the guy will get for doing the setup.

don't sweat it.

+1

Seriously. A few bucks are made with strings. Pretty much full profit is made with servicing
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