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PRO SETUPSDan Erlewine Neck Jig

Here at Guitar Repair Shop, we can make your guitar, any guitar, play better!

Sometimes new guitars.. even “name” brand guitars do not play that cleanly. It may be impossible for you to achieve the action you require without buzzing.. rattling or the odd dead note. Guitars are for the most part mass produced.

Yes, even your beloved Custom Shop Gibson or Master built Fender will play much cleaner and better after the work we carry out when you treat it to a  “PRO SETUP”.

Using the recent addition to our armoury, the Dan Erlewine Neck Jig, we measure then precision level all frets before reprofiling or crowning them prior to polishing them to a high sheen.

About the Erlewine Neck Jig
Dan Erlewine developed the Neck Jig using the breakthrough idea of simulating string tension with the strings off. This results in the most accurate fret and fingerboard work ever: no guesswork, and no unpleasant surprises when the instrument is restrung. Just a very satisfied player!
Evolving through years of fretwork for demanding players, the Erlewine Neck Jig has become a valuable asset in busy pro repair shops around the world.
Sturdy aluminum beam construction adds extra rigidity. Enhanced stability and reduced flex make neck deflection measurements more precise than ever before.

Works great for any fretted instrument
All components feature adjustable positioning. We can jig guitars, basses, banjos, mandolins and more, including asymmetrical or custom-shaped bodies.

The big difference: Working on your instrument in the playing position!
Rotate the angle vise, and the guitar is turned onto its side—the same position as when it’s played. In this way we can measure and adjust fretboard action, instead of laying the guitar on its back with gravity pulling the neck and strings downward.

With the strings on, the neck’s curvature is zeroed-in with dial calipers. When the strings come off, the Jig holds the neck in the same position as when it was strung up in the playing position. Now we can do your fretwork with total accuracy, because when we string the guitar back up the neck doesn’t change.

Levelling your frets and setting up your instrument is an extensive.. thorough process which leaves your guitar playing at its best! Naturally the guitar is then given a thorough Standard Setup. This will give your guitar the ultimate slick feel.


..Like this!

Do you recognise this problem?- No matter how you try to setup your guitar it never sounds clean up the top…that’s right…the dusty bit of the fingerboard.. above the 12th fret. It buzzes or the note lacks sustain or worse chokes off! This is often down to lack of clearance or fallaway. I can introduce the extra clearance required to make your guitar play cleanly. You’ll be amazed! Often there is enough life in the height of the frets.. to enable me to carefully reduce them to the lowest point of wear.. then reprofile and polish the frets. This can eliminate the problem without complete replacement of the frets…though If wear is excessive or fret height is already too low.. replacement may be preferred or indeed the only solution!…For more information, also see our page on REFRETS


We do the best Setups

It’s a misconception that when you buy a new guitar it’s ready to play. Most people assume that it’s already been setup. Sometimes a salesman will restring the guitar..or blindly have a stab at it with an allen key at the bridge or even worse the truss rod.. without understanding what they are doing.

The fact is guitars.. electric and acoustic are mass produced and leave the factory in a barely playable condition (if you’re lucky). They then go straight onto the shop wall. We can make all the necessary ensure your guitar will play the best that it can. We often see customers who have had their guitar for a few years and are putting up with a high action.. poor intonation or worse. They are amazed at how much better their guitar plays after we set it up. Here is the list of some of the settings we adjust on your guitar as part of a general setup.

    • Check for initial problems at book in
    • Log settings and serial number into database
    • Adjustment of Truss Rod for proper neck relief
    • Set intonation compensation
    • set string arc (saddle height)
    • Adjust action as required
    • Set pickup height and string balance
    • Redefine nut slots or shim and recut nut as required
    • Clean & treat fingerboard
    • Polish frets
    • Check all hardware for correct operation
    • Tighten machine heads and pot/socket nuts
    • Oil metal moving parts
    • Lubricate pots and switches
    • Tighten strap buttons
    • Replace missing screws
    • Thorough play check