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Do I Have A Good Guitar Setup?

Do I Have A Good Guitar Setup?

A good guitar set up is priceless!

 Q: How Do I Know I Have A Good Guitar Setup?

 A: Do I have a good  guitar setup?  Only YOU can answer that correctly. In a good guitar setup there should be no need to alter your playing technique as you move around on your guitar if the setup is good.

In a pro guitar setup the guitar feels great and play is consistent all the way up the neck effortlessly. The strings feel just the right height from the fret board. There are no dead notes. It sounds great.

It’s almost impossible to get a good guitar setup when you buy off the rack in a music store. WHY?  Two reasons. Simply because they don’t know who is going to buy it and guitar setup requirements are different for every player, so they do nothing.  OK, I get it and fully understand why.  However local stores usually don’t have a good setup tech on staff the very day you walk in. Be armed with some requests. Know what you want!  Take some ownership of knowing what you need to play well. Then pursue it vigorously.

Do I have a good  guitar setup?

A **Custom** guitar set up 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.

A good Custom guitar shop is where to go if you need a good setup. It’s not really a players responsibility to know how to do a setup, however he needs to know himself and his playing well enough to be able to describe the feel of what he needs to optimize playing. Much like music itself. Your setup should, “Create a Mood” for you.  We take pride, time and care in our set up 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.

Know what you want

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.

Your setup should, “Create a Mood”

We encourage you to write us and let us know what you think about your guitar setup and how we can help make it better. Guitars should be setup, intoned perfectly so any note or chord is in tune anywhere on the neck at a bare minimum.  In a great guitar-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 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!

do you think about your guitar setup?

Install a new set of your favorite strings for your feel, before judging any newly setup guitar. 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 setup 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 and go get a great setup for your guitar to match your style,playing comfort and level of expertise.  Talk to your tech today!

Haywire Custom Guitars Black Bigsby Special guitar set up

Get a Great guitar setup

At Haywire Custom Guitars you can get help with a guitar setup:

Adjustments for Acoustic and Electric guitars and… Truss rod adjustments.  Guitar Tune-ups, Repairs on electric and acoustic guitars. New guitar pickups, Guitar setups, pickup coil tap switches installed. Treble Bleed circuits for your guitar, Electronics repair, Guitar Neck Shaving and straightening, Guitar neck Re-fretting and fret leveling and Guitar fret re-crowning.  Fret polishing, Replacement tuners, add locking tuners, feather weight guitars, lightweight replacement parts and Intonation settings.


We add guitar strings, Re-build your guitar,, lower action on guitars, Guitar finishes, Pick guard swaps, Refurbished guitars, Heavy body replacements with light ones.  Body too heavy?  We have lighter ones. Therefore, replace old guitar bodies with new ones.


Most of all, get adjustments while you wait, Custom guitar knob placement, custom pots and capacitors.  Get great playing used and new guitars. Have Custom built guitars, Guitar trade-ins, Guitar neck straightening and Guitar neck replacement.

Guitar neck reshaping, thinning or shaving a guitar neck, re-profiling of your  guitar neck.  Shaping and duplicating guitar necks are available.  Recessed neck heel added for ease of playing guitar. Get new controls added, pan and blender controls added, rewiring guitar pickups and many more services. As a result, you’ll have the guitar you need to be great.


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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