Guitar repair: Another (initial) set-up, another happy customer!

After the action on your (acoustic) guitar rises above comfort levels, there are two things that can be done: a) get it rectified by someone you trust, or, b) wait till you find someone you trust.

This Ibanez belongs to the latter category and came to me after standing (somewhere) for almost a decade.

As I looked it over, there wasn’t much wrong with the guitar except that it had a micarta/corian nut and saddle and the strap button had been placed right on the heel of the instrument.  If you disregarded the dust accumulation, it was a well-kept instrument.

I pointed this out

but the owner was quite happy to leave the strap button where it was, and I was quite happy to leave incorrectly placed strap buttons lie!

Oh, it was an electro-acostic instrument

and there was this too, to take into consideration

I adjusted the truss rod some, measured the nut and saddle

went about cleaning the instrument,

snugging up the hardware on the headstock

and, when all was done, I gave the the entire body a good polish.

Of course, the treble side shoulder shone like new, but the bass side showed up distress marks (strap marks, nail marks, I don’t know!).

As I looked at the entire guitar, I was happy, but the bass side shoulder rankled me. Unable to rest easy, I pulled out my magic paste and squirted out a little on the offending area. A thick cloth (jeans material) and lots of elbow grease and the scratches were almost gone

A fresh set of strings later, as I stood back and studied my handiwork, I knew that the owner was going to be happy.

He was, and if I remember correctly, his words were, ‘Man, I don’t remember when this thing sounded as good!’

Ah, well, happy if you are!

Here’s one last look at this beauty


Amit Newton

An experienced guitar tech with over 10 years of experience working on acoustic Gibsons and Martins in the Gulf region. There is nothing that cannot be repaired; the only consideration is the price at which it comes. And yet, if there is sentiment attached, no price is too high! WhatsApp/Call me: 7080475556 email me:

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