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Guitar Setups

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Guitar Setups 2021-11-13T15:06:12-05:00
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Haywire Custom Guitar Shop Setups
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First, Guitar setups: Acoustic and Electric guitars and basses are immeasurably improved when set up correctly.

Electric or Acoustic Guitar New?

But It Is Just Completely Unplayable! It’s not unusual. It happens all the time. Why? Simply because guitars like “fast food” are mass produced to make money. They are not produced to make guitarists happy. That is where a great guitar tech or local Custom Guitar Shop comes in handy. That’s our job. We make you happy! We work for musicians. We set up your guitar perfectly, so that playing and tuning is a pleasure.

Ultimately, a NEW acoustic guitar can look beautiful on the wall in the store it may need lots of work to get it where the players needs it to be. An acoustic guitar should play with ease and sound great. As a player, you shouldn’t need to think about the difficulty of playing but rather about entertaining and/or getting your musical point across. All guitars need to be setup. About 95% of new guitars direct from the factory floor and/or purchased in a music store are not set up.  Why? Too time consuming for them. They don’t make money setting up “your” guitar. So they skip it.

There are many parts which require proper installation and maintenance. Without exception, setups, nuts and saddles are inexorably connected. Truss rod settings need seasonal adjustment to keep the neck straight.
Constant pull of the strings and tremolo systems keep pressure on it.

Our Haywire Guitar setups and tune up

Gig-Ready Process ensures that each guitar is set to original or better specs:

Point 1: 4-Axis Alignment of The Guitar Neck

First of all, each guitar neck is checked and adjusted to be sure it is true and straight to ensure proper alignment on all axis. This step ensures proper action and allows for more accurate and easier guitar tuning, playing and set-up in the following steps.

Point 2: Inspect and Lube The Guitar Tuning Gears

Before installing the guitar tuning gears, each one is checked thoroughly. Each tuning gear is adjusted so that there is no play in the mechanism. They are then lubricated to insure smooth and even movement to make your guitar tune accurately.

Point 3: Potting The Guitar Pickups

We dip the pickups in hot wax to reduce squeal therefore, as a result, no unwanted guitar feedback.

Point 4: Prep The Guitar Body

Upon installing the guitar electronic components, while great care is taken to ensure that all wires are properly routed, spaced, and grounded. In addition, you’ll have many years of trouble free service with your guitar.

Point 5: Level and Polish The Frets

Most noteworthy, this insures that all of the guitar frets are level, eliminating any possibility of fret buzz due to unevenness.

Point 6: Radius The Guitar Strings

Since, most guitar necks have a contour over the top of the neck called the radius. We adjust the strings to make sure the height of each string follows the contour of the guitar neck radius.

Point 7: Adjusting The Overall Guitar String Height and The Action

Once we set the contour and radius of the guitar strings, it’s time to adjust the overall height of the strings from the top of the frets to the bottom of the guitar strings.

Point 8: Set The Guitar Intonation

This step is done twice. The intonation is set two times with a 24 hour “seat-in” period in between to allow the guitar to properly re-seat to the new adjustments.

NUTS– Make, cut, re-slot, and size nuts for any neck width. We’ll re-cut your existing one if necessary.
It needs to be correct for proper and comfortable action.
Any materials you’d like: Bone, Tusq, graphite, graphtech, Earvana and more.

Guitar Setups require specific areas of attention

SADDLES– We ‘ll set adjust or repair your saddles and set intonation properly for all acoustics, electrics and basses,
ACTION: Any way you need it to be! What we do best is what you NEED.

We’ll upgrade electric guitar saddles to any low friction surface.
They’re available for vintage, modern trems, hard tail bridges, tune-omatics and basses. We service and overhaul Floyd Rose type locking saddles and tremolos.

As a result of our service, you may expect:

A Faster playing neck
Improved access and hand comfort
Smoother note bending
Easier play with less stress on fingering hand
Cleaner, sharper notes
Improved, responsive hand-tapping
Effortless sweep arpeggios
Excellent for trills and hammer-ons
High-Speed pull-offs

image of guitar neck being checked for string buzz, action and intonation for guitar setups with fret notched straight edge
A fret notched straightedge for guitar neck being checked for straightness to control string buzz, action and dial in intonation for guitar setups