Services

Thirty years of Dream Guitar Services (DGS) experience and expertise enables us to remedy an extensive range of guitar, bass, ukulele, mandolin problems and requirements. Here are some examples:

All essential set up adjustments:

Electric: Adjust truss rod tension, height of bridge / saddles & pickups, intonation, nut slot depths & widths. Lubricate slots. If applicable: set trem angle & tension, and / or neck angle.

Acoustic: Check and adjust truss rod tension. If a lower action is desired, test existing action under string tension with dummy saddles, resize or replace saddle accordingly, lower bridge height accordingly. Free & wax jammed bridge pins.

Acoustic and electric: Also check and tighten loose machine head bushings and buttons. Clean fretboard and apply lemon oil. If applicable, change strings if required. Tune instrument, check truss rod.

Acoustic and electric:

To eliminate fret buzz caused by uneven frets (very common). Includes all set up adjustments as above plus:

Levelling, shaping, sanding & polishing uneven frets & fret ends. Enables a lower action (proximity of strings to frets) if desired, and maximum benefit from the essential adjustments.

Remove and replace worn frets, includes necessary full set up.

Electical faults, modifications, replacement components, pickup replacements and switching options.

Solutions for electical interferance noise.

Acoustic amplification installations and repairs.

Replace broken top nut, repairs to binding, cracks and splits, detached acoustic bridge or fretboard, etc.

The most frequent breaks of all but always repairable provided no gluing attempts have been made! The less disturbance the better. Also, bring any detached splinters.

Absence of set ups by manufacturers can mean even well built instruments entering the market in an unfinished, unplayable condition. There appears to be a reluctance of manufacturers to budget for skilled human input at the last stage of production.

Consequences are tuning problems caused by failures such as no to truss rod or intonation adjustment, misaligned hardware, badly cut nut slots causing strings to bind or a barely seasoned neck with excessive forward or backward bow.

Much discomfort, poor sound and tuning is due to the nut and bridge having been set too high in order to conceal uneven frets, lifted frets, sharp protruding fret ends or all of these. In this scenario fret buzz sets in if the high action is lowered without levelling the frets.

A common design flaw:

Access to the truss rod adjustment socket is obstructed or hidden by a scratchplate, neck pickup, neck to body joint, locking nut or string retainer. Lack of access means slackening strings to remove the obstruction or sepearate neck from body. Adjusting a truss rod blind (on a detuned guitar) is labour- intensive at best. Repeated guessing, retuning and testing is needed for a useful response.

Other common design flaws include acoustic bridge pin holes that are unnecessarily counter-sunk, making it unnecessarily hard to extract the pins for a string change! Or pickup mountings that fail to hold pickups parallel to the strings, or a neck angle too shallow to allow enough downward pessure over the bridge to produce a good tone.

Bridges, pickups, trem systems, machine heads, scratchplates

Speciallity: Vintage instruments

Lacquer repairs, respray, Inlays, etc.

Pricing

Prices are estimated on examining individual instruments at the DGS Workshop. Approximate guide prices for set ups are as follows:

Essential Set Up
Electric Guitar & Bass £50
Acoustic Guitar & Bass £70
Full Set Up
Electric Guitar & Bass £150
Acoustic Guitar & Bass £170