General repairs can normally be classified as falling
into three distinct categories:
Instrument set up.
Electrical, or wiring related services
GMW Guitarworks offers services in all three categories,
including bridge and pick-up routing, along with bridge
conversions; e.g., converting a standard Fender type
tremolo to a Floyd bridge system. A brief description
for each repair category follows:
Instrument set ups are the bread and butter work for
many repair shops. We’ve been doing them consistently
for close to 30 years, so this service can usually be
completed while you wait. A GMW set up includes the
following service to your guitar or bass.
Clean and detail rosewood, maple or ebony fingerboards.
Clean and detail your frets.
Check and adjust the neck truss rod if necessary.
Check and set action according to client preference.
Check and set the bridge for proper intonation using a
Peterson strobe tuner.
Fret work. This service includes both instrument
refretting, along with what is called a “fret mill and
dress”. A refret involves removing your existing frets
and replacing them with either the same fret wire used
on your fingerboard, or you may select an alternate fret
wire size at no extra charge. However, in most
instances, a simple fret mill and dress will resolve
issues related to poor action and playability without
the added expense of a full refret. For further
information related to pricing and time related
questions, contact us directly either by phone or
Electrical based repairs are generally related to either
pick-up's and/or component replacement, or they involve
problems due to component malfunction or wear. As with
the set up work described above, most electrical issues
can be completed while you wait. We can handle pretty
much any electrical issue from a simple one pick-up
guitar service up to (and beyond!!!!) a full blown B.C.
Rich Supreme wiring harness; i.e., dual preamps,
Veritones, pick-up dual sound switching & phase
switches, etc. We also handle requests for Fernandes
sustainer and LR Baggs piezo bridge system
Additional advanced services beyond those listed above are also
available, as outlined below in
Pick-up routing requests are quoted on an individual
basis. However, most involve having an additional
pick-up installed in the neck position for single
For bridge conversions, most of these center on
exchanging a Fender style tremolo unit for a Floyd type
bridge system. Contact us by phone or
e-mail to discuss your particular project, and you
will receive a time and price quote within 12 - 15 hours
in most instances.
Custom Shop and Instrument Refinishing. Please click on
the two subject boxes on the website Home Page for
further details related to these two services or on the
appropriate link above.