Sometimes things just happen, and you need to have your instrument repaired. Maybe some part is wearing down or has failed completely. It's just no fun when something is not working well on your guitar, bass, mando, etc. I feel your pain! Let's get your instrument back to it's original (or better) Glory! All pricing is based on a rate of $75 per hour. Unless otherwise noted*, prices indicated are labor costs only. I will quote all parts necessary for each job at an extremely reasonable price.
Repair/Replace Nut: $25 - $75
The slots wear down to unacceptable levels, they crack, chip and break. Or...many factory-built guitars do NOT have nuts cut to the proper depth...which causes such issues as poor action and certain pitches in first position chords being pulled sharp! Let's get that nut properly cut and functioning well...or let's replace it with an awesome unbleached bone nut! Unbleached bone is my preference when creating a custom nut for your instrument, but I'll work with synthetic material if requested. Finally...a low nut slot can often be back-filled with the appropriate material and re-cut as well.
Repair/Replace Saddle: $25 - $85
On an acoustic guitar, adjustments can be made to the saddle to improve overall playing action and even intonation to a certain degree. Adjustments to the saddle are almost always necessary when installing a new/different pickup in acoustics...specifically if an under-saddle piezo pickup was/will be used.
Fret Dress: $25 - $95
Ahhh...winters in Minnesota! The lack of humidity for over 6 months each year wreaks havoc on guitars not religiously humidified. A common issue for many of us in the great white north is sharp, protruding fret ends due to fretboard shrinkage during the winter months. Fret edge dressing is the solution...but DON'T forget to humidify in this season to lessen your chances of having this problem. Fret dressing covers anything from filing a few sharp edges to a full level, radius, crown, dress and polish. Let's figure out what you really need!
Re-Fret: $150 for the first 5 frets, $15/each additional fret
If you think your guitar is "groovy", that's great! But you never want to have to apply that term to your frets! Lots of worn frets still play fine, and you might just need a fret dress. I will not re-fret any instrument unless it REALLY needs it! Let's find out what your instrument really needs! Maple and bound fretboards higher.
Structural Repair: $ TBD
Once again, because of the LOW humidity in this part of the country in the winter months, you may be shocked to find that you've developed some cracks or splits in the wood of your beloved acoustic guitar! Lets get that guitar re-humidified and those cracks stabilized and glued. Final price depends on level of damage, and on your choice of repair only or complete refinishing so that the original damage is nearly invisible.
Other: $ TBD
Need a repair that you don't see listed here? No problem! Let's talk about it!