All kinds of things happen to guitars – let’s get your guitar repair sorted quickly so you can get back to making music.
Whether your guitar isn’t playing like it should, you need something upgraded or your friend just decapitated your Les Paul, let me know.
This Commodore bass had a new custom wound Sunbear pickup installed with a new mounting plate.
Wait a minute – you might not actually be a guitarist!
Maybe your daughter/son/friend/partner/sister/father or neighbour has a guitar that you want to sort out for them. No problem! We don’t have to talk that silly guitary geek-language. You don’t need to know a truss rod from a lightening rod or tell a PAF from a RAF. We’re all friends here!
This poor Les Paul lost it’s head in an accident.
Here it is, fully restored.
So whatever you might need – a setup, pickup replacement, a fret job or something a bit more major – drop me a line and let’s chat.
Dimebag Darrell Signature – this guitar needed a lot of work to get it to the level that its owner wanted. That meant a new Floyd Rose, new pickup, retouched artwork and new paint.
Basic (aka “whatever’s on the radio”) £40
This setup includes truss rod and bridge adjustments to make your guitar playable again. This will make sure the string height is correct, there is enough relief in the neck and the intonation is set correctly. Once again, your beloved and you will be making music. This is a good setup for regular maintenance or if you just bought a guitar online or from a store that doesn’t do setups.
Listening environment: While doing setups, I’ll be listening to whatever is on the radio. If it’s not hip hop. Or opera. I promise it will never be opera. But I guarantee it will be something to put me in the mood to make your guitar a dream to play.
Standard (aka “Bowie in Berlin”) £55
As well as string height, neck and bridge adjustments, this level of setup includes a fretboard clean with Monty’s Instrument Food, a blend of waxes that nourishes the wood. If you have a maple fingerboard, I’ll give it a clean and polish. I’ll also polish nut slots, and give the pots a contact cleaner treatment.
Listening environment: David Bowie wrote some great tunes while in Berlin, and the mixture makes a good backing track for this level of setup – more involved and creative. Your guitar will enjoy this as much as I will.
Super (aka “Bill Evans”) £75
The usual playability adjustments, fretboard, nut and pot treatments… plus I’ll take a look at pickup heights, and fine tune the depth of nut slots to get the strings at exactly the right height. This fine tuning has caused customers to comment that their guitar felt brand new and “barely recognised”. The devil is truly in the details.
Listening environment: I’ll listen to the sublime Bill Evans while undertaking work on your guitar. His colourful and dynamic piano work is such a joy to listen to and puts me in the mood to really take my time and perfect the finer details of your guitar.
Deluxe (aka “You choose the music”) £110
All the above services would make your guitar a dream to play, but I can take it a step further. Polishing and shining the frets will make them sparkle and help the strings glide across the frets, making bends easier. If any of the frets need a little dressing, I’ll take care of them to make them level. I’ll clean up and polish the fret ends too. And when I’m done, I’ll go over the entire guitar and ensure the electrics are working properly and everything is tightened and grounded as it should be. If there are any issues that require further work or replacement parts I’ll let you know.
Listening environment: As a special extra, I’ll listen to whatever you want me to (within reason….I reserve the right to veto death metal, gangster rap and anything by John Pertwee).
Full clean – additional £35
Some venues aren’t too kind to guitars. I get that. So if you bring in your guitar that has seen cleaner days, I’ll dismantle as much as is necessary to remove dirt that will potentially get in the way of the electronics and other workings. You won’t believe it’s the same guitar.
- if your instrument has been living rough for a while, you can’t remember the last time it saw the light of day or it just looks like somebody used it to do the gardening, the cost may be a little higher. When you drop it off, we’ll talk.
Spot levelling – additional £25
Sometimes frets move due to moisture or poorly installed frets. If any fret is proud of the others, you’ll have fretbuzz issues. Spot levelling will take care of those rogue frets when a complete fret level isn’t necessary. If too many frets are out of line, I’ll let you know, because at that point it makes more sense just to level the whole fretboard.
Standard Floating Tremolo Tuneup – additional £45
Ok, we all know it’s really a vibrato, but let’s call it a tremolo for now. Whammy. Wiggle Stick. Mainly used to give a slight flutter to notes and chords, it can be a source of frustration for many players, but that’s usually because it’s not setup correctly. Get it done the right way and you’ll open up new musical possibilities, pulling up notes, bending down notes and returning to tune. Yes, in tune. It can be done!
|New Graphtech nut ||£40|
|Complete fret levelling||£75|
|Pickup installation||from £30|
|Push/pull pots, switches, rewiring – ask for details.|
Guitar repair prices will vary depending on complexity, condition of instrument, etc. For example, pickup swaps on a semi-acoustic are more time consuming than on a Telecaster-style guitar.
Hourly rate: £30, minimum 30 minutes.
What Customers Say
Highly recommended! Really great service from Nick who serviced/set up 4 guitars and rescued a FR trem for me recently. The difference is amazing and all the guitars are playing beautifully. Great value in my opinion too. Will definitely be a repeat customer. Cheers!! 🤘😁🤘 – Ryan Harris (Google Review)
Cannot praise Nick at Burman Guitars enough !!!!! Fantastic service, Fantastic work. Will definitely be using again and will fully recommend Nick for all Guitar services. – SAD Punk and Ska (Google Review)
My guitar feels like a brand new instrument after the “Burman Guitars Treatment”. Nick’s an excellent technician and I haven’t been able to stop playing since he’s worked on it. Highly HIGHLY recommend for all your guitar service needs. – Joey Quinn (Google Review)
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