Oh... Do Your Own Luthiery, Do Ya?

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  1. rrobbone

    rrobbone Well-Known Member

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    Just bought a new set of fret tools, and this got me curious - who else here does thier own guitar maintenance - and how far are you comfortable going? Is anything taboo for you?

    Do you:

    ...swap pickups?
    ...adjust truss rods?
    ...shy away from fret work?

    What say you?
     
  2. Texas Slim

    Texas Slim Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    i do all my own guitar work; have for years.
     
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    backinit Well-Known Member

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    Some..haven't replaced fret wire yet, but that is one the horizon.
     
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    deeaa Well-Known Member

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    Everything. Right down to building from scratch. But sometimes it makes more sense to outsource, or buy parts ready.

    I hate especially wiring jobs.

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    stevebway Metaphysician & Ham

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    I do fretwork, adjustments , almost any kind of electrical work.I stop at anything requiring glue removal and re gluing. I would not attempt a neck reset .I do not have the facilities to do finishing.
     
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    I do all my own guitar work.

    Do it well? That is up for debate.
     
  7. Mickey

    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    A luthier friend says you can't call yourself a luthier until you are comfortable doing a neck reset on an antique Martin. :)
     
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    Yep, me too. But it's good enough for me!
     
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    I'm most comfortable with the electronics work; I do all my own wiring.

    I do all my setups, but I prefer to avoid messing with the truss rod too much. Shouldn't need to. I also do all my own Floyd Rose work.

    I've never even tried working on any frets. I don't think I even replaced a nut (besides Floyd Rose nuts. That's easy) on a real guitar yet. I think I need to on the one Agile I have, though.
     
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    I once replaced the strings by myself. Not making that mistake ever again!

    :)

    Setups
    Pickups, and all electronics.
    Truss rod is a near seasonal thing.
    Frets are a newer thing for me (past couple of years), but I'm fairly comfortable now doing a fret level/crowning/polish.
     
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    I ain't a luthier, but I built my own guitar from scratch (all the wooden parts anyway), and I've done full fret levels, and dressing as well as making bone nuts for my guitars.

    I highly recommend it for bonding with your instruments.

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    I want to learn it, but honestly I use enough of my brain cells just trying to program software and learning Tagalog that by the the evening I can't remember the difference between affect/effect, or peek/peak/pique.
     
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    stevebway Metaphysician & Ham

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    Under NO circumstances do I consider myself a Luthier. At best I'm a Maintainer.
     
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    Mickey Gandalf the Intonationer

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    You & me both! :)
     
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    I can do wiring if I have to, truss rod adjustment, fret leveling bla bla but I to consider myself a maintainer rather than a Luthier whos title imply's a much higher skill level than I have.
     
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    I've done a lot over 20 years. While I've worked on a lot of frets I'll probably never do a fret removal and replacement before I die until I buy a guitar that needs to have it done. That's simply because of all the guitars I own and play I'm not playing a single one long enough to wear the frets down for it to need a refret.
     
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    I'm pretty fresh/bad at it but I'll do anything easily reversible (truss rod adj, saddle/bridge/tail heights, intonation, micro tilt if necessary, replaced tuners) some stuff semi permanent (replaced nuts, bridges, pickups, pots). Have relaxed and filed down acoustic saddles.

    I haven't done any real fret work (just polish and smoothing out sharp fret ends), and haven't done any rewiring that wasn't just splicing wires or replacing components exactly how I found them (pickups, replacement pots).

    I'm a lot more capable of solving problems than I was a year ago when I'd barely done anything.


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    I'm definitely not a luthier, though I'd lay claim to the titles "tinkerer," "amateur tech," "adventurer in modification," and "sonic experimenter."

    I've made nuts and bridges from scratch, modify pickups, rewire, carve into wood, shim, paint, mess around with frets, and do full set ups. I'd actually love to build a guitar from scratch one day.
     
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    I've done leveling, dressing an installed new frets, once. I want to get into re-fretting and keep telling @golem that I am going to invest in the tools any day now.
     
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    I do all my own maintenance, setups and what not. I haven't gotten into full fret levels or anything like that but I can deal with a high fret here or there.
     

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