Great Bay Guitars prides itself performing high quality service and repair work at very affordable prices. Our goal is for you to LOVE your instrument! Anything less is not acceptable for us. We're not concerned about "Factory Specs." They're not relevant to how you play and what you want your instrument to do. We schedule appointments so we can focus on you and your needs, discuss the work that needs to be done, and answer any questions. If we notice any any unforeseen issues while the work is being performed, we'll contact you and let you know, and we'll send you some progress photos along the way if you'd like. And if we're not the right shop for your needs, we're happy to refer you to someone who we know can do great work for you. Please text us with any questions at 603-502-8534.
- Deluxe Set-Up: $60 (Electric, Acoustic, Bass)
It's the only type of set-up we do because we want you to LOVE your guitar when you take it home. INCLUDES: All necessary fretwork; neck adjustments; saddle and bridge adjustments; intonation adjustment; checking and tightening all hardware; checking and cleaning electronics; cleaning and oiling the fretboard; cleaning the hardware; cleaning and polishing the instrument. The only things not included are strings and/or other parts that need to be replaced. Bring your own strings or we offer a discount on strings with any set-up.
- Pickup Replacement: $25 per pickup
This includes replacing the pickup in its current wiring configuration with a customer supplied pickup. Changes to wiring configurations can be discussed and quoted based on the project. The instrument will be cleaned and polished as well. Any modifications to the body cavity or pick-guard will be charged at the bench rate.
- Pot Replacement: $25 per pot
This includes a CTS "audio taper" pot without changes to the wiring configuration. Changes to wiring configurations can be discussed and quoted based on the project. We can use the recommended pot value for the pickup type, or change value based on your sonic goals.
- Bridge Replacement, Electric Guitar: $30 + parts
This includes replacing your hard-mounted bridge with a bridge of your choice. We can also replace floating bridges. We are not currently replacing acoustic guitar bridges.
- Nut Replacement: $30-60
Price depends on nut material and associated labor.
- Tuner Replacement: $30 + Parts
Labor cost depends on type of tuners to be installed and labor required. Typically, this can be done in an hour, UNLESS holes in the headstock need to be enlarged, which can be a delicate process to avoid damage to the headstock.
- Fingerboard Re-Radius: Bench Rate
Includes changing radius of fretboard, cleaning, oiling and polishing wood. Will also require a refret and set-up.
- Fret Replacement: $25/fret OR $300 for complete re-fret
Includes fret wire of your choice and level, crown, dress and polish of all replaced frets. Frets will be glued in place. Any fretboard sanding and polishing will be charged at bench rates. Any fret replacement will require a set-up.
- Bench Rate: $30/hr
For any work that is not a standard or predictable procedure. Minimum of one full hour, then adjusted to the nearest 15-minute interval.
- Curing "Sticky Neck Syndrome": $30 to $90
Ever feel like your hand doesn't slide easily up and down the neck? We can take care of that for you! The cost is typically closer to $30, and it can usually be reversed if you want a glossy neck again someday.
- Bolt-On Neck Replacement: $40 (Set-up is highly recommended in addition)
BYON, or we can source a neck for you at an additional cost. This includes removing the old neck and hardware and installing the new neck and tuners and any other hardware. Also includes the first 30 minutes of modifications to the neck or body for proper fit and alignment.
- Finish Work: Bench Rate + Materials
We take on finish work on a limited basis, based on the project. We have a background in repairing and refinishing antique furniture using natural dyes and natural plant-based oils, and we would be more interested in finishing a new guitar using those techniques than doing anything with spray finishes. Currently, we can only do spray finish work when the weather permits (May-September).
Set up an appointment to talk about what you're looking for. I'd love to help you find that tone you can't get off a rack. Great and unique guitars can be built at almost any budget.
- Miscellaneous: Bench Rate + Materials
Lots of stuff can happen to our instruments. If you need something that's not listed here, send us a message and we'll schedule a time for you to come by for an evaluation and estimate for the repair or project.
*Pricing subject to change at any time without notice. If/when prices change, you will be notified before any work is performed.