At Island Guitars, we offer a free
set-up for all new instruments that we sell. A well-setup guitar will
play well all the way up and down the neck, with no buzzing frets. It
won’t require excessive hand pressure to play bar chords, and it will
look and play up to it’s potential.
The stresses of changing weather conditions, the pull of the strings,
and the relative fragility of the thin woods that are needed in order
to resonate with rich tone can negatively impact the playability of any
instrument. Combine these factors with the reality that many
factory-made guitars come with a less-than-ideal setup to begin with,
the need for fine tuning your instrument becomes apparent. And even the
finest custom instruments will benefit from an occasional tune-up, just
like a high end sports car.
A basic setup will include checking and setting the amount of bow in
the neck, called relief, by adjusting the truss rod. The action (string
height above the frets) will be checked and adjusted at the first and
twelfth frets. This is accomplished by making adjustments to the nut
and saddle. Frets are also leveled and re-crowned and polished as
We are able to perform many common
procedures such as crack repairs, re-gluing or replacement of bridge,
braces or binding, re-fretting, saddle and/or nut replacement, and
wiring/switch troubleshooting and repair.
We also perform many popular modifications
to enhance and improve the performance of your instrument. Popular
procedures include installing or replacing acoustic or electric
pickups, tuning machine upgrades, bone saddle and nut installations,
and strap pin installations.