Instrument Repairs

Core Music offers a comprehensive repair service for stringed instruments, in particular, acoustic and electric guitars, but also mandolins, ukuleles, banjos and bouzoukis…in fact just about anything with strings on it! Please click on the link below to find out more details and ballpark costs of the different types of repairs and instrument servicing that we can offer.  For an accurate quote please bring your instrument into the 

 shop where we can discuss in detail what needs doing and the most appropriate solution for your instrument and your pocket.  

Core Music can also provide a repair service for flutes, clarinet and saxophones. Please contact us on 01434 601993 or info@coremusic.co.uk for further details.

For repairs and servicing of other instruments, please click on the link for the Violin Shop in Hexham who specialise in the sale, repair and restoration of violins, violas and cellos. 

http://www.hexham-violins.co.uk/

Instrument Repair Pricing

Standard Electric Guitar Setup: from £30 plus strings

Included:

  • Clean and oil fingerboard
  • String replacement
  • Truss rod adjustment
  • Check and tighten all hardware, e.g. Tuners, Bridges/tailpieces, strap buttons etc.
  • Bridge saddle adjustment to set string action height and intonation
  • Check and set nut slot heights
  • Balance pickup heights

Deluxe Electric Guitar Setup: from £60 plus strings

If your guitar is suffering from frets that are are uneven, damaged or worn this makes a standard setup impossible to complete. We therefore include a Deluxe setup which includes the more advanced work necessary to fix these fret problems, to include:

  • Fret re-levelling, including securing any loose frets and removing any sharp edges
  • Re-crowning all frets followed by fret polishing
  • Standard Setup as described above

Both setups include a general clean and polish of the instrument, however heavily soiled instruments will cost more. Also note that for both grades of setup Floyd Rose type tremolo bridges will incur a surcharge of £10.

Standard Acoustic Guitar Setup: from £25 plus strings

Included:

  • Clean and oil fingerboard
  • String replacement
  • Truss rod adjustment
  • Check and tighten all hardware, e.g. Tuners, Bridges/tailpieces, strap buttons etc.
  • Bridge saddle adjustment to set string action height and intonation
  • Check and set nut slot heights

Deluxe Acoustic  Guitar Setup: from £55 plus strings

If your guitar is suffering from frets that are are uneven, damaged or worn this makes a standard setup impossible to complete. We therefore include a Deluxe setup which includes the more advanced work necessary to fix these fret problems, to include:

  • Fret re-levelling, including securing any loose frets and removing any sharp edges
  • Re-crowning all frets followed by fret polishing
  • Standard Setup as described above

Complete re-fret: Electric and Acoustic Instruments

Plain rosewood/Ebony fingerboard: from £130

Bound fingerboard: from £150

Fender style lacquered Maple fingerboard: from £160

The above prices include fretwire of your choice from a wide range of nickel silver and EvoGold fretwire.

We are not equipped to do re-frets in Stainless Steel, and are unable to re-fret Gibson style bound fingerboards with raised edge binding.

We don’t provide a partial re-fret service.

Other Fretted Instruments

Although the above list of services and prices refer to guitars, they can be taken as a very rough guide to most other fretted instruments. An exception to this are Ukuleles, where prices will generally 25% to 40% less due to the size and simplicity of the instruments.

Restringing – All Instruments

We can restring any stringed instrument. We stock a wide variety of strings and will fit and tune them on request. We can order in strings not stocked, and will also fit strings you supply. Advice on choice of strings is always available! For most instruments all we ask for fitting is a donation, there is a box on the counter. For guitars with Floyd-Rose bridges there is a fitting charge of £10

Nut and Saddle Replacement: from £15

We can supply and fit nuts and saddles for any type of instrument and will custom make nuts and saddles where necessary. Note that even ready-made nuts will require at least some handwork to work properly.

Prices start at £15 for a ready-made Fender style plastic nut, ask for a quotation for anything else. 

Electric Guitar Pickup installation: from £20

We can install your choice of pickups to customise your instrument or replace faulty units. We can supply a wide variety of pickups and will happily fit pickups you supply. We can also install new pickguards for Fender style instruments: ask for details.

Acoustic Pickup Installation: from £45

Acoustic pickup installations can be a minefield and generally involve  some serious woodwork to the instrument so to avoid disappointment always ask for advice and a quotation before parting with any cash.

Other Electrical Work

  • Volume/Tone Pot replacement: from £8
  • Electromagnetic Shielding: from £15
  • Complete Rewiring: from £25
  • Output jack replacement: from £6
  • Strap Button output jack replacement: from £15
  • Switch replacement: from £12
  • Wiring modifications: Ask

Hardware Replacement and Upgrades

  • Machine Heads: from £15 per set
  • Bridge Fitting: from £20
  • Strap Buttons: from £5

Note that hardware prices exclude parts.