#1
Before i took my guitar in, i called and asked how much it'd cost to get a bridge/nut replaced. the dood told me $12 in labor and whatever parts costs. But when i went in, i told them i wanted it set up and to replace the bridge/nut if needed with bone. I just got a phone call saying that it costs $100 in labor and $9 in parts. does this sound right to anyone? What exactly is a set up? i thought a set up was just adjusting the action, which is what they should do anyways if they are replacing the bridge/nut. Any advise would be great since i'm a poor college student

btw it's a takamine a/e
#2
I'd say they kinda ripped you off there man. Setup can also include fixing the intanation (although its an acoustic, so that isn't adjustable), so they spent about 2 or 3 hours adjusting your truss rod and putting a new bridge in. That I doubt, unless they had to like unglue the entire saddle and replace that, but then the parts wouldn't be $9. Some places charge like $50/hour (canadian) for a tech to work on stuff. I have several friends that do this sort of thing for me.

Advice: I'm not really sure, go in and ask exactly what they did, how much they charge an hour, and get them to explain why it took so long for a seemingly simple job. Good luck, give us some follow up if you can
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#3
thanx for the reply. i really appreciate it. Last time i brought my other cheaper guitar in to get the bridge replaced with bone and it cost somewhere between $25-$33, i can't remember exactly, but that was at a different place. so i'm pretty shocked that a "set-up" and possibly a nut replacement would quadruple the price at this other place....i'll def ask them what they all did to it. if i would have known that it costs 100 to bring it to top notch, i would have just spent 300 instead of 200 on a tak a/e.

btw. this is USD..what's the exchange rate with canadian?
#4
That sounds like a rip off to me even more now. What was the store called?

As for the currecny thing, try here: http://www.xe.com/ucc/

1.00 CAD Canada Dollars = 0.899113 USD United States Dollars
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#5
$100 worth of labor sounds a bit pricey.... but it really depends on what they are charging you per hour.
#7
i just relistened to my voice mail and he said it costs "$100 in labor and $8 plus tax and parts" i hope he means it's 108 plus tax and not $100 in labor, plus parts plus $8 whatever charge...

i'll have time to pick up the guitar tomorrow. BTW i'm in southern california and i'll post the name of the place after i get my guitar, i don't want any retaliation marks on it..
#8
alrite, i just got it and this is what it lists:
Complete setup $50:
Level Recrown + buff frets, lube +buff fingerboard, adj neck

Bone saddle + nut regular price 65 discount 15 for all work.
= $100 Labor
$4.00 Bone saddle blank
$4.00 Bone nut blank

i thought that the saddle was the wooden part that is glued onto the guitar and has a slot for the bridge, which is the bone/plastic piece? shouldn't a guitar repair-dude know the difference between a bridge and saddle, especially since he's been doing this for 10s of years?
#9
Quote by snobdrblinkchik
i thought that the saddle was the wooden part that is glued onto the guitar and has a slot for the bridge, which is the bone/plastic piece? shouldn't a guitar repair-dude know the difference between a bridge and saddle, especially since he's been doing this for 10s of years?

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#10
Quote by snobdrblinkchik
alrite, i just got it and this is what it lists:
Complete setup $50:
Level Recrown + buff frets, lube +buff fingerboard, adj neck

Bone saddle + nut regular price 65 discount 15 for all work.
= $100 Labor
$4.00 Bone saddle blank
$4.00 Bone nut blank

i thought that the saddle was the wooden part that is glued onto the guitar and has a slot for the bridge, which is the bone/plastic piece? shouldn't a guitar repair-dude know the difference between a bridge and saddle, especially since he's been doing this for 10s of years?


If that is what they did then you got a good deal. What they have listed as a "complete setup" is what most luthiers call a fret dressing and they typically cost around $80. And to get the Nut replaced is usualy around $40 and the saddle is around $30 so you could have spent $150 easy.
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#11
actually after seeing it and playing it, i am VERY satisfied and dont really care that much about the price..
i've always called the saddle the bridge cuz that's what my stupid old HS teacher taught us..lol...
#12
Good to hear! Thanks for the update All is well in the universe...

I've always thought that guitar techs get paid way too much. I mean 50-60 or more $$ an hour?
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#14
Quote by snobdrblinkchik
alrite, i just got it and this is what it lists:
Complete setup $50:
Level Recrown + buff frets, lube +buff fingerboard, adj neck

Bone saddle + nut regular price 65 discount 15 for all work.
= $100 Labor
$4.00 Bone saddle blank
$4.00 Bone nut blank

i thought that the saddle was the wooden part that is glued onto the guitar and has a slot for the bridge, which is the bone/plastic piece? shouldn't a guitar repair-dude know the difference between a bridge and saddle, especially since he's been doing this for 10s of years?


Like CorduroyEW said, that's a great deal. Especially because you got a full fretjob --that alone can cost up to $100.

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#15
My guitar teacher who is also a luthier does this job (replacement of saddle) for $ 45 dollars and a setup for $25, You might have gotten screwed.