First and foremost, the process of adding inventory to this website is a constant J.O.B. in itself and, whatever bass guitars and parts you see listed were available at the time I added them, they may NOT be by the time you add them to your shopping cart. This is not a problem, I'll simply reorder the item(s) at that time and it may take just a few more days.
Secondly, when you cannot find the part or service listed, please send your parts orders and work requests through email and I'll make every effort to locate your parts or price your work order.
With that said, lets move on . . .
If you're unable to drop by my shop for a visit, the next best thing is to send your bass to Buzzard's, even if for nothing more than a simple tune-up, an electronics upgrade, or a complete overhaul including an entirely new finish.
I don't care who built your bass. It can be a brand new boutique bass, fresh out of the box, and I guarantee I'll find something about it that needs a look.
I can think of maybe two or three bass builders that produce a bass that will be near perfect, but is near perfect what you paid for? Could something be better? Or is that expensive Fender bass of yours in need of an upgrade?
Whether it's dressing the frets of your hundred dollar SX to eliminate the buzz or taking that same hundred dollar SX and making it sound better than the best Fender can put out, that's been my desire and destiny since my first P-Bass back in 1967. I've had a love-hate relationship with Fender ever since.
Did you know that improperly dressed string nuts drive me, well, nuts?
Ship your bass to Buzzard's. It's first step could be to my Boneyard to replace that hideous plastic one you've got with the finest ox bone nut, or maybe even one of those fossilized Walrus ivory nuts! Graph Tech is good too but there are many other possibilities as well. Whatever your bass might need, you owe it to yourself to have an experienced tech perform an inspection.
Before you do anything, contact me, because, let's face it, you just might not be able to send your bass, or it just might be more convenient to contact someone closer to you. The bottom line is . . . if I can't do the work for you, I can put you in touch with someone who can. I've got a list of hundereds of luthiers, bass techs, and specialists. You'd think, "This guy is cutting his own throat." Maybe so, but the most important thing is your satisfaction.
Bass Guitar Setups
I've just bought a brand new bass. Do I really need to have a setup?
Most experienced players take their instrument to their tech shop as a first step towards personalization because most new basses are in a state of general condition, which means the factory most likely performed a setup that would be best for the general audience of players, as well as most climates too. The action (string height) will more than likely be set higher than most players would like. This is also the most common request made.
Bass guitar setups are more than a one time ordeal. Setups consist of routine maintenance of the entire bass that includes adjustments that affect neck stability, playability, tuning, intonation, pickup adjustments, lubrication of some hardware, fingerboard conditioning, cleaning, and polishing upon completion of the servicing . . . all this done a minimum of once a year.
I'll show more love for your bass in one day than you will in a year~!
And I'll make certain that your instrument stays playing right for you.
Why does my bass need regular adjustments?
Due to normal weather and climate changes, all wood instruments expand and contract in differing ways throughout the year. The effects of these changes (especially to the neck) will cause the bass playing action to be high, or too low, causing fret buzz, deadened notes, and other malfunctions.
Other problems arise due to normal wear and tear, such as to the tuning machines, frets, bridge saddles or the nut. Even improper changing of the strings could cause problems, or at least might require re-intonating, definitely if changing to a larger or smaller string diameter.
You've heard the squeeky wheel gets the grease? Well . . . you might want to have these routine setups done before these problems begin happening. Neglect your bass and it'll let you know~!
For reasons of brevity, I'll spare us both the analysis of wood characteristics versus climatic changes by stating this: due to climatic changes and humidity fluctuations, it's recommended that routine setups be performed around February, May, August and November. The initial check-up will be a substantial set-up while the months stated usually only require a "tweaking"; maybe an hour tops to correct any fluctuations. Contact me to schedule.
It's almost mind-numbing to attempt a complete and absolute list of repair services and prices, as many bass guitars need to have multiple repairs performed, and some fixes are included in the prices of others. Therefore, actual estimates have to be made on a per bass basis. Oh, I will work out some kind of list but, trust me, this website takes time, so deal with it~!
Okay, you've got a broken neck. I can see that it's critical, and, if it's an emergency where you need a bass for the gig tonight, I'll either swap your neck with a new one or let you borrow one of mine, with one condition:
Even if I know you very well, if you break or abuse it, you have bought it~!
Sorry, but, if I don't personally know you, the best I can do is replace the neck for you. I also no longer have the rental service due to the abuses (and outright theft) a few boneheads pulled on me. However, I won't let this interfere with my ability to help you with anything I am able.
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Repair Rate: $50/hour
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The following list is to give you a quick idea:
• Restringing & Retuning
• Setting Intonation
• Fretboard Treatments
• Inlays & Markers
• Defret, Reline & Epoxy
• Truss-rod Adjustment
• Raise/Lower Action
• Bridge & Saddle Work
• Nut Work/Replacement
• Structural Repairs
• Electronic Upgrades
• Pickup & Wiring R&R
• Pot/Jack Replacement
• Strap Peg/Lock Install
• Refinish & Restore
• Cleaning & Polishing
• Paint & Pintripes
• Decals & Graphics
• Custom Leatherwork
Fender and other bass guitars are the Bread, the Butter, and the Beef of the service end of my business. Most times a bass is a bass is a bass and parts is parts but, just so you will know,
I'll service them all.