My First Plek

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  1. SamIV

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    Had a guitar that I though the truss rod was rattling. Was told by a couple guitar repair guys that it was the truss rod. The fixes for this I felt were out of my league to attempt.

    The Guitar sat up for over a year. Finally decided to bring it to Strange Guitar Works in New Orleans for an estimate. I was told by them it was not the truss rod and the neck just changed and it needed a fret level. This guitar played without issues with quite low action before for years. Then one day it buzzed everywhere.

    Well they have a Plek machine now, so it got plekked. No more buzz and quite low action. They charge $200 for a Plek, set up and strings. Anyone else been plekked.
     
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    Never a plek. But I have a bunch of guitars that I gave a fret level to when I first got them. They played well but after a year or so, really benefited from a second fret level. So necks do change.
     
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    I have done fret levels before as well, but never with strings under tension. If you notice when you put tension on the neck after your fret level, the frets are not totally level. The Plek system design compensates for this once you remove the strings after it takes its readings.

    Not saying your guitar did not play better after your fret level, and mine did as well, but not this well.
     
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    I never owned a guitar worth more than $250.. So that would be a bit steep
     
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    That's more affordable than other places charge. I'd consider that, but i'm cheap.
     
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    I've had quite a few done. There's a difference too between guitars that go through a Plek at the end of a production line, where all the instruments get a blanket "touch up," and an instrument that is individually scanned and its idiosyncratic imperfections corrected. In the latter case you end up with a guitar that plays flawlessly. There's nothing else like it.
     
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    I've been having my guitars PLEK'd for the last 10 years.

    Most of the time it's a guitar that's new to me (whether it's actually used or new). The cost of the guitar itself hasn't really been a factor; one of the first three guitars I had done was a B Stock I purchased for $200. Since I was doing two other guitars at the same time, the tech was gracious enough to give me a break on this one. But all three guitars had the same level of playability (at very low action) afterwards.
     
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    Suhr does its guitars at the end of production, but it's scanned and corrected in the same way as owner-techs do it. Gibson, on the other hand, will usually use their PLEK machines as a general fret mill, somewhere in the middle of production and sometimes before paint, etc., with a fixture that simulates string tension. This has nothing in common with an aftermarket PLEK job.
     
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    Exactly. Thanks for giving a more detailed explanation. It's fascinating to watch the PLEK machine work too.
     
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    It is fascinating. Watch this to be amazed.

     
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    After I do a fret level, I can usually get the action quite a bit lower (without buzzing) than I care for it to be. I don't use a pick so there is often more "pluck" to the way I hit the strings. That combined to a lot of bends and liking to still hear the note ring a lot...means I like higher action. So a plek is a bit overkill for me. But it is still a quite interesting process.
     
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    that place is like 3.5 miles from my house and i've never been there.
     
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    This is a $500 guitar but has Buddha pickups in it now. Plays better than well and sounds great. One of the owners says he does under $200 guitars quite often. His opinion is that the $200 Guitar will play better than most off the shelf $500 guitars out there once plekked and set up by them. Total cost to me was $226 after tax.

    I was considering getting the Katana system for my remaining guitars though. I know it will not be as well done as a plekked guitars, but I have eleven others , and at $226 a guitar it will be quite costly.

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    After you were plek'd did you have to get antibiotic shots? :)
     
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    Wow I didn't this existed and Ill be having one, thanks for posting it. This way just like the plek you can set your your relief low and match your frets to it. Yup I want one! :) I tend to hit hard at times so I'll leave mine at .012. I'll have them all perfectly matched to the relief in the neck.
    All I need is a good crowning file anyone have a suggestion on a good one for cheap or close to cheap?
     
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    I have a guitar that was given to me by Greg Bennett (of Samick) that he designed called Ethan Hart. These guitars were built in the Samick factory in Indonesia a few years back and I remember they used a plek on the frets. I wish that brand was a bigger success because it was (and still is) one of the most perfectly built guitars I have ever seen or played.
     
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    I plek my own guitars... I write my own speeches... I do my own stunts. :D
     
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    I know many people who have paid thousands for guitars that were not set up for their kind of playing. In my mind $200 is well worth it for getting an instrument that's depended on, dialed in.
     

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