#1
Just recently i got my Ibanez S520EX back from a luthier who is a bit of an Ibanez specialist and now its an amazing guitar, i just thought that luthiers seem to be missed a lot when people consider getting a guitar so i thought i would write an informative thread.

When you buy your guitar you generally play them and then go for the one that feels and sounds the best right? well what if you could radically change the feel of a guitar and turn it into something amazing to save yourself some money?

When you buy a guitar you should generally consider the things that cannot be changed out easily as your priority, sooooo it would be best to buy a guitar based on the Quality and type of wood used on both body and neck, Bridge type and neck profile, as these arent changed as easily as say pickups can be changed, and also looks should be taken into consideration as you will want to play a good looking guitar more i find.

Now say you find a guitar that you like, sayyyyyyyyy an ibanez, but the wood on the neck doesnt feel as smooth as the more expensive prestige model and it doesnt play as smoothly, well instead of buying the more expensive model there are other options.

The setup of your guitar can make a huge difference now some people think setup just means lowering the bridge and adjusting the truss rod, getting some guitar tech to do this for you is fine but a "setup" can be a lot more and a professional luthier will know exactly how to get your action as low as you want and exactly where the slight bow in the guitars neck should be, a luthier may also completely dissasemble your guitar, file down your fret wires, and get the action even lower, see where im going?

There are a lot of things that can be done that you would never think off that will make your guitar feel incredible, one thing i had done on my recent setup was i had the sharp fret edges and the binding on my neck worn down so the instrument feels more vintage, also all the frets were reprofiled, the finger board was covered in lemon oil and a nice satin finish was added to the back of the neck on my guitar the neck now feels amazin it is so smooth and fast i didnt think the ibanez neck could get any better, the guitar is now like butter in my hands, it feels and plays like a much more expensive guitar so just wanted to tell you guys if your stuck for cash and cant afford that £900 Ibanez prestige or JEM your after consider taking your axe to a local luthier they really can work wonders on cheaper instruments the guy who i went to also does fret scalloping so the possibilities with these guys are limitless.

http://www.leicestershire-luthier.co.uk/index.html thats the guy i went to if you live close to leicestershire i would highly recommend him.

My guitar dont sound bad either now i had an EMG 81/85 combo put in and the guy optimized them for output and tone a nice balance and now using this guitar and my PODXT ive found my Tone finally heres a sample the cover of Paranoid i did recently.

http://www.songstorage.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/Paranoid.mp3

Now use luthiers and get amazing guitars for cheaper !!!!!!!!!!
#3
The setup of your guitar can make a huge difference now some people think setup just means lowering the bridge and adjusting the truss rod, getting some guitar tech to do this for you is fine but a "setup" can be a lot more and a professional luthier will know exactly how to get your action as low as you want and exactly where the slight bow in the guitars neck should be, a luthier may also completely dissasemble your guitar, file down your fret wires, and get the action even lower, see where im going?


Any good tech can do that. In fact, almost everything you mentioned can not only be done by a good tech and done well, but with some experience, you can do them yourself
#4
its really hard to explain until you have actually tried an instrument that has had such a detailed setup and service, the things ive mentioned are just the things i understand he probably did a lot more that i dont know about lol
#5
Quote by Talentless
its really hard to explain until you have actually tried an instrument that has had such a detailed setup and service, the things ive mentioned are just the things i understand he probably did a lot more that i dont know about lol


Trust me I have. I only do a tech though on a new guitars or one that needs a repair or has something else screwy going on. Then they feel really good, as he knows what I like and how I like it. I should probably take them more often to him actually...