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Guitar Repair Shop

Everyday tune-ups. Luthier-level repairs and mods. It’s all right here.

Where good guitars go to become great

From your faithful old standby to your brand-new beauty, Sweetwater's full-service Guitar Repair Shop will bring out the best in your guitar. We handpicked every one of our luthiers for their love of stringed instruments. They have the skills, knowledge, and experience to make every instrument play the way it was born to be played.

Setups

A custom-tuned instrument, specifically matched to your playing style from headstock to bridge — we can make it happen. A custom guitar setup at Sweetwater includes:

  • Action adjustment
  • Truss rod adjustment
  • Set intonation
  • Clean and oil fretboard
  • Set pickup height
  • Clean and polish
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Upgrades

There is really nothing cooler than a fully modded guitar, built to do whatever you need it to do. Here are just a few of the ways we can make your guitar "go to eleven":

  • Bone or Graph Tech nut & saddle upgrade
  • Locking tuner install
  • Pickup replacement
  • Acoustic pickup/preamp install
  • MIDI pickup install
  • Buzz Feiten nut
  • Evertune bridge install
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Repairs

Nazareth said it best, "Love hurts." The Sweetwater Guitar Repair Shop offers all the services you need to restore your favorite guitar to its former glory, including:

  • Crack repairs
  • Bridge reglue
  • Neck reset
  • Complete re-fret
  • Bracing repair
  • Pickup rewind
  • Clean and polish
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Luthiery

Sometimes repairs and modifications demand more than simply swapping one part for another. That's why every Sweetwater Guitar Technician is an accomplished luthier. From expert installation of factory parts to custom modifications, we have the chops to create your perfect guitar. The sky is really the limit here, so contact us at guitar_shop@sweetwater.com, and let us know what you need to have done. We're excited to see what we can do for you!

Contact us at guitar_shop@sweetwater.com

Pricing Guide

Pricing is for labor only. Depending on the task, parts costs may also be a factor (strings, pickups, Emerson kits, etc.).

Setups

Setups Price
(Basic) Electric $60
(Basic) Bass $60
(Basic) Acoustic $45
Restring (Same Gauge), Stretch, and Evaluation $30
Add-ons Price
Nylon Restring +$15
12-string +$15
Floyd Rose +$15
(w/Buffing) Electric +$30
(w/Buffing) Bass +$30
(w/Buffing) Acoustic +$30

Upgrades and Mods

Nuts & Saddles Price
Bone Nut Install $75
Graph Tech Nut Install $75
Bone Saddle Install $60
Graph Tech Saddle Install $60
Add-ons Price
12-string +$30
Hardware Price
Tuners Install $45
Strap Button Install $15
Strap Lock Install $30
Pickup Rings Install $30
Pickup Installs Price
Under-saddle Transducer Install $60
Pickup Install $60
Pickup Install (Multiple) $90
Pickup Install w/Complex Harness $120
Pickup(s) Install w/Routing +$60/pickup
Electronics Price
Acoustic Preamp Install $60
Acoustic Preamp Install w/Routing $120
Replace Piezo $60
Replace Switch $45
Replace Potentiometer $45
Replace Output Jack $45
Shield Pickup and Control Cavity $90
Clean Electronics $30
Pre-wired Pickguard Install $60
Battery Box Install w/Routing $60
Bench Charge to Test Electronics $30 and up
Taylor ES2 Retrofit $300 and up
Emerson Kit Install (Normal) $90
Add-ons Price
F-hole Wiring +$30

Repairs

Crack Repairs Price
Crack Separation on Top/Back/Sides $30/inch
Reglue Broken Headstock (No Finish Work) $60 and up
Bridges Price
Custom Bridge (w/Saddle) $250
Refit Bridge (Reglue) $120
Replace Bridge Plate $240
Neck Resets Price
Reset (by quote) $400 and up
Fretboard Price
Deluxe Fret Polish $45
Level, Crown, and Polish $200
Level High Fret $30/fret
Glue/Reseat Frets $60
Partial Re-fret $30/fret
File Fret Ends Smooth $30
Re-fret w/Binding $350 and up
Re-fret w/o Binding $250 and up
Add-ons Price
Re-fret w/Stainless/Evo Gold +$90
Re-fret Maple w/Finish +$90
Pickups Price
Re-pot Pickup $60
Rewind Pickup $90
Add-ons Price
Rewind Pickup w/Cover +$15
Banjo Repairs Price
Setup $60
Head Replacement $60 + setup
5th String Nut $45
Custom Bone Nut $75
Rod Adjustments on Rim $45
Sliding Capo Install $45

Luthiery

Sometimes repairs and modifications demand more than simply swapping one part for another. That's why every Sweetwater Guitar Technician is an accomplished luthier. From expert installation of factory parts to custom modifications, we have the chops to create your perfect guitar. The sky is really the limit here, so contact us at guitar_shop@sweetwater.com, and let us know what you need to have done. We're excited to see what we can do for you!

Need help?

Damaged guitars usually come with amazing stories. Tell us yours, and we'll make sure it has a very happy ending.

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What our customers say

“I'm very happy to say I'm blown away by the job you guys did on my Guitar. It is absolute perfection in every way. I can't find a single flaw anywhere. It looks, sounds and feels incredible. This is the Guitar I have been wanting for years. Great Job!”

— Kevin Spielmann

“Please pass along my thanks to the person who worked my guitar over. It now sounds and plays like a guitar of this caliber should. It has me considering another Martin for my collection.”

— Doug Graham

“I just want to say that the work that was done on my flamenco guitar was pristine and I couldn't be happier. I am so glad that I came to Sweetwater to have my guitar serviced. Continued success to your team!”

— Kathleen Gentry

“One of the best setups I ever received on a guitar. Thank you! Ps. Coming from guitar town (Nashville) that's quite a feat — there are many guitar techs there that service the music industry. Your work is pro level without a doubt.”

— Rick Roark

Our Team

We consider every stringed instrument to be a work of art. That's why we won't trust your instrument to average craftsmen. Sweetwater's Guitar Repair Shop is staffed with nine accomplished luthiers that have spent years at their craft. If it needs to be repaired, rebuilt, or even created from scratch, the luthiers at Sweetwater will get the job done right.

“Working on guitars is fulfilling to me because it's giving artists better tools in order to express their creativity. Akin to giving a painter a better brush to paint their own masterpiece.”

— Keith Coy, Luthier

“I love taking a broken guitar and making it whole again. It's exciting to work through the puzzle of how I'm going to fix the problem, what kind of jigs and tools I need to make specifically for the job, and then seeing the end result.”

— Joe Albright, Luthier

“Working in a field that I'm so passionate about is not actually work. I live my dream every day working with the guitars, the people that repair and build them, and a company that provides the tools for endless musical creativity.”

— Wade Owen, Guitar Operations Manager

Our Vendors

PRS Taylor Martin Fender Gibson Guild Epiphone Ernie Ball Music Man Washburn ESP Godin Peavey Yamaha Ibanez Gretsch Line6 Rickenbacker Jackson Ovation Schecter
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Need help?

When you need guitar work done, the Sweetwater Guitar Repair Shop is ready to go. Just get in touch with us and tell us what you need.

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