#1
Ok I've had my new Seagull for about 6 months now and I am still learning, it's coming along slow but not bad. Anyway a friend of mine said he took his guitar in to get it "setup" for him and restrung and now it makes a huge difference in the sound. I was wondering if other than new strings, what would "setup" entail?? anything?
#2
setting the intonation right. adjusting the action etc.
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#4
no. They can lower the action if you want them to, usually by sanding the bridge down. If there are unlevel frets they straighten them and adjust the intonation and neck relief as well if needed. Basically they tinker and make your guitar play as well as it possibly can by adjusting all the things the factory doesn't take the time to do. You will almost definitely notice that it is easier to play after the setup. Your sound wont change noticeably unless you upgrade to better strings. I recommend light elixirs or blue steel, they last a very long time and sound great.
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#5
Thank you for that explanation, makes a lot of sense now to me. Well my guitar is a nice Seagull and I believe came with D'addario strings. It's been a while since I've had it so I think it's time for new strings and setup.
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Thank you for that explanation, makes a lot of sense now to me. Well my guitar is a nice Seagull and I believe came with D'addario strings. It's been a while since I've had it so I think it's time for new strings and setup.


no prob. Seagulls are great guitars. A friend of mine has one that he had set up about a month ago. Now the action is as low as my electric without any noticeable fret buzz. It's awesome.
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#7
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no. They can lower the action if you want them to, usually by sanding the bridge down. If there are unlevel frets they straighten them and adjust the intonation and neck relief as well if needed. Basically they tinker and make your guitar play as well as it possibly can by adjusting all the things the factory doesn't take the time to do. your sound wont change noticeably unless you upgrade to better strings. I recommend light elixirs or blue steel, they last a very long time and sound great.

The saddle, not the bridge. Depending on the technician, they may also crown and dress the frets, in addition to leveling them. On a Seagull, all of this should be done, since I have never seen a Seagull with poor fretwork.

I do not recommend Elixir strings. While they are coated and thusly last a long time, they are a horrible tone-killer. This may not be important to you, since you are mostly practicing technique. However, in the future, try to stay away from coated strings, since they sound dead and lifeless. I can tell coated strings apart from uncoated in any blind test.

As far as strings go, I would recommend plain, D'Addario EJ16 Phosphor Bronze strings (Lights). They have decent tone and feel.

You should learn how to change your own strings. This is extremely important and very simple. It will help you understand your instrument better and become a useful skill. You can find instructions here (incidentally, from Elixir) or search for YouTube videos on the subject.
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