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“Create a Mood” With A Good Guitar Setup!

//“Create a Mood” With A Good Guitar Setup!

“Create a Mood” With A Good Guitar Setup!
 Q: How Do I Know I Have A Good Guitar Setup?


 A: There should be no need to alter your playing technique as you move around on your guitar.

A pro guitar setup feels great and is consistent all the way up the neck and promotes effortless playing. It’s almost impossible to get a good set-up when you buy off the rack in a music store. WHY? Simply because they don’t know who is going to buy it and setup requirements are different for every player, so they do nothing. OK, I get it and fully understand why they do that. However they usually don’t have a good guitar setup tech on staff the very day you walk in. Know what you want! Take some ownership of knowing what you need to play well.
Then pursue it vigorously.

A **Custom** guitar setup is what you want and is routinely done in The Haywire Custom Shop to give players maximum breadth and depth of hand freedom to play how they want to play when playing at their best.

The Custom guitar shop is where to go. It’s not really a players responsibility to know how to do a setup, be he needs to know himself and his playing well enough to be able to describe the feel and know when he feels it. Much like music itself. Your setup should, “Create a Mood” for you.  We take pride, time and care in our guitar setup work so the player is very pleased and surprised with the feel, action and performance of our very fine instrument setups-before he leaves the shop.

Guitar setup while you wait

No waiting, we do it right away and hand it back over to the player for approval before he or she leaves. Then we guarantee it.  Sometimes finding your setup requires time, testing and patience especially if you are a new player. You know something is wrong, but can’t verbalize it in an discerning manner. In addition to callouses, good setups are a necessary roadblock to get familiar with and loving playing a guitar.  Great guitar feel needs to be chased down until caught. Find your setup. Know what you need. Relay it properly. Have it done. Begin playing much better.

We encourage you to write us and let us know what you think about setups. Guitars are set up, intoned perfectly so any note or chord is in tune anywhere on the neck at a bare minimum.  In a great one-the FRETS will also feel smooth, silky and you’ll feel the emanation of great tone because they have been leveled, re-crowned and polished. The fret now becomes a great base for the notes.

The truss rod and neck angle

The truss rod and neck angle are in synergy for that particular guitar because each guitar requires it’s own custom setup as they are all different, just like people. Guitars need us to pay specific attention to their idiosyncrasies as instruments and don’t want us to judge them by just how they look but how they CAN play if you help find their, “Sweet-spots”….. Find your Guitars potential. Find the sweet-spot, or let a good tech do it. Then play great!

Install a new set of your favorite strings for your feel, before judging any new guitar setup. In the shop, guitars have been played and thoroughly tested at the Haywire Custom Shop, South Carolina. When properly set up an instrument there is no need to alter your technique as you move around on your guitar.  Is your action the same on the 12fth fret as on the 1st fret?

Your neck set up must feel comfortable and consistent all the way up the neck for you to get comfortable with your best playing. You absolutely need to be pleased, surprised and very comfortable with the feel, action and performance of your instrument setup.  Are you thrilled with it?  You should be.  Find out what you’re missing.  Go get a great setup for your guitar to match your style,playing comfort and level of expertise.  Talk to your tech today!        
By | 2018-06-13T10:43:19-04:00 April 20th, 2018||0 Comments

About the Author:

Mr. Rick Mariner Owner and Founder and CEO of Haywire Custom Guitars Inc. He is a member of The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (A.S.I.A.) as well as a guitar player. Rick holds a bachelors degree from University of Md. and a Masters degree from George Washington University. Rick developed his exclusive 8 – Point “Gig- Ready” guitar process that allows for Custom Guitars that are “GIG-READY”. With Rick’s many years of development and guitar set-up experience, Haywire Guitar shop “Builds satisfied players… one Haywire guitar at a time”.

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