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Melbourne guitar repairs, guitar setups and servicing - Professional guitar workshop in South Yarra

Guitar Repairs & Setups

Servicing all makes and models in our pro workshop

Guitar Setups

Let's face it, no matter how good your guitar is it'll never reach it's full potential without a perfect setup. At Guitar Station we've got decades of real-world experience with all brands and styles of guitar.
Perhaps you need a drop-tune setup for a recording session, maybe you need to prepare your bass to go out on tour, or you might simply have just decided to start playing acoustic guitar - we're gonna get the most out of your instrument.
Whether your guitar is brand new or you've had it for years, there's no doubt that if it's not had any professional setup attention recently then you're missing out!

  • Restring & Clean

    $55

    BYO strings or get 10% off our Cleartone range

    Nice and easy, your guitar plays fine but it's time for new strings.

    - Remove the old strings
    - Clean guitar & condition fingerboard
    - Install the new strings
    - Tune it up and you're all set!

  • Standard Service

    $110

    BYO strings or get 15% off our Cleartone range

    Your guitar has been serving you well but it's time for its annual spruce up and adjustments to keep things running smoothly. Our Service & Adjustment setup is all about keeping your guitar in great shape.

    - Change strings
    - Optimise string height/playing action
    - Deep clean and polish
    - Clean and condition fingerboard
    - Polish frets
    - Adjust intonation

  • Ultimate Setup

    $265

    BYO strings or get 20% off our Cleartone range

    Get the most out of your guitar and experience Melbourne’s premier guitar set-up service. Our precision fretwork is done completely by hand with your guitar strapped into an Erlewine Neck Jig to simulate string tension in the playing position (you can’t do THAT with a PLEK machine!) for the most accurate fret level possible.

    - Change strings
    - Optimise string height/playing action
    - Deep clean and polish
    - Clean and condition fingerboard
    - Precision fret level under simulated string tension
    - Expert fret crown / dress / polish
    - File nut precisely to match the new fret height
    - Adjust intonation
    - Full hardware and electronics check

Guitar refret work at Guitar Station Melbourne - Nickel frets and stainless steel, preceision refret work

REFRETS

When you've got the kind of clientele that we've got (many of whom have a penchant for vintage instruments) it's important to master the art of a great refret job.

Headstock repairs at Guitar Station Melbourne - Broken necks, fingerboards and more,

Headstock Breaks

They're not fun but a broken headstock doesn't mean the end of your guitar...It just means you need us to fix it the right way so you can get back to playing!

Guitar wiring service at Guitar Station Melbourne - Mods, repairs, upgrades, pots, switches

Electronic Mods & Repairs

Installing new pickups? Electronics need some TLC? Whatever guitar wiring task you need doing, we've got you covered and we've got an extensive list of parts and components on hand for the job.

Melbourne acoustic guitar repairs - Bridge reglue, neck reset, cracks, splits, setups and more

Bridge Reglues

Acoustic guitar tops change shape over time which can result in the glue bond between bridge and body to destabilise. We're geared up to precisely remove and reinstall your bridge.

Professional guitar setups and guitar repairs in Melbourne

We love guitars

No doubt about it, we're total guitar geeks here at Guitar Station! We live and breathe this stuff so we're always excited about the opportunity to help you get the most out of your instrument.
Whether it's a basic setup you need, repairs, modifications, re-frets and headstock breaks right through to vintage restorations - We're capable and experienced working on all kinds of electric guitars, basses and acoustic guitars, including precious investment-grade instruments.

How we price guitar repairs:

STEP 1: Choose a setup

Restring & Clean $55, Service & Adjustment $110, The Ultimate Setup $265

The thing about repairs and mods is that many of them are going to
involve doing something that throws the set-up of your guitar out of
whack…At the very least your guitar strings are going to need to be
replaced because you’re better off paying us to put new ones on your
guitar than paying us for the extra time it takes for us to carefully
remove, preserve and refit the ones already on your guitar while we do
the work!

STEP 2: Estimate job time

Bench charge is $110 per hour, charged in 30-minute increments

Here’s few examples of estimated job times for certain common guitar repairs and modifications:

- Install Ulbrick NRS system - hum cancelling - 30 minutes
- Fret spot level (level, crown and polish one high fret) - 30 minutes
- Output jack (remove the old, install the new) - 30 minutes
- Single pickup (remove the old, install the new) - 30 minutes
- Potentiometer (remove the old, install the new) - 30 minutes
- Pickup set (remove the old, install the new) - 1 hour
- Nut (remove the old, shape and install the new pre-cut nut) - 1 hour
- Switch pickup selector (remove the old, install the new) - 1 hour
- Upgrade a set of tuners (remove the old, install the new) - 1 hour
- Upgrade a set of bridge saddles (remove the old, install the new) - 1 hour
- Install Strat pickguard (remove the old, install the new) - 1 hour
- Shielding - Copper tape cavity shielding - 1 hours & 30 minutes
- Rewire entire Strat (remove the old, install the new) - 2 hours
- Nut - Custom made from scratch (remove the old, install the new) - 2 hours

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Example 1: Customer needs new output jack installed

This is just about the only repair that doesn’t require removing strings!

- 30 minutes for the jack swapover - $55
- High quality DiMarzio USA output jack - $13

TOTAL COST: $68

Example 2: Customer needs new pre-cut bone nut installed

After installing the nut it is very important to set the guitar up properly so it plays right.

- One hour for the nut swap over - $110
- High quality pre-slotted bone nut - $40
- Service Set Up - $110
- Fender 10-46 nickel strings - $14

TOTAL COST: $274

Example 3: Customer has dents in multiple frets, has a scratchy pot and wants a new bridge pickup

Countless gigs and jam sessions have gone by, it’s time to give the old workhorse some love and make it even BETTER than when it was new!

- 30 minutes for the pot swapover - $55
- 30 minutes for the pickup swapover - $55
- The Ultimate Set-Up (as described in servicing details above) - $265
- Gretsch Hilo’Tron bridge pickup - $170
- Cleartone 10-46 strings - $21

TOTAL COST: $566

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