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8 Point Tune Up

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8 Point Tune Up 2021-10-09T08:26:55-04:00
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Mr. Rick Mariner
Mr. Rick MarinerOwner, Founder and CEO of Haywire Custom Guitars Inc.
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Haywire Custom Shop 8 Point Tune Up

Has your guitar become a little difficult to play sometimes?  Does it sound,”out of tune”?  Are the strings too high off the neck?  Is the neck warped or bowed?  Are the tuning gears difficult to turn due to rusty moving parts ?  Probably?  Maybe, your guitar needs an 8-Point tune up!

A hard to play guitar could be a roadblock to your success as a musician, so if you want your guitar to play better and faster, let Haywire prep your guitar with our ” 8 Point Gig Ready Process”.

It’s like getting it ready for the Daytona 500!  This is the same process that we perform on all of our new instruments, and it will put your “baby” back in shape, and allow you to play fast and in tune up and down the fret board like never before!

Bring your guitar back from the dead with a well-deserved tune up from Haywire Custom Guitars!  This includes cleaning the electronics,  the fret board,  tightening any loose hardware,  adding the proper washers to the input jack and tightening it to make sure it stays tight,  re-stringing, adjusting the truss rod, cleaning and adjusting nut slots,  set string height and intonation!  See our whole process below.  Please feel free to inquire about how we can help you be a better player!

There are about eight areas to concentrate on when we set up a guitar. Each point is listed below:

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 four axis: right, left, back and forward – then perfectly centered. This step ensures proper action and allows for more accurate and easier guitar playing with less fret buzz. 

Point 2: Inspect and Lube The Guitar Tuning Gears

Before installing your guitar tuning gears, each one is tightened and checked thoroughly. Every 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. All other friction points are lubricated as well.

Point 3: Potting The Guitar Pickups

If not completed already, we dip the pickups in hot wax to reduce squeal therefore, as a result, no unwanted guitar feedback. Then radius all adjustable pole pieces to the same string and neck radius for best sound.

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 and pots working properly.  In addition to quality sound, 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. If extreme low action is required, we start here.

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. That way each string is the same distance from the top of each fret allowing for perfect intonation of each fretted note.

Point 7: Adjusting Overall Guitar String Height, Action, Nut And Bridge

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. We can achieve any action you require-from high to extremely low. During this check we’ll adjust the nut and bridge if needed.

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. Now you have an instrument in perfect tune anywhere. It’s comfortable, plays how you want it and is Gig-Ready! Your perfect guitar.

image of Yellow Haywire Custom Guitar after tune up
8 Point Tune Up-Complete! This guitar is now set up to perfection.