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  • New Yamaha from Amazon. Should I bring it to the shop?

    Posted by aj2323 on April 20, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    So, just got a Yamaha F800 from Amazon. Wonder if I should bring it to a shop to get it worked on. Perhaps lower the bridge? I notice that I can’t get any sound out of hammer ons and pull offs on the lower strings and can’t get any sound when I bend. Would love advice.

    PaPaKilo replied 1 year, 12 months ago 6 Members · 12 Replies
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  • Loraine

    Member
    April 20, 2022 at 9:08 pm

    Congrats on your NGD @aj2323 ! I would definitely have a professional set up on it, especially if the action seems a bit high. Also, they can check the neck for warps, and any other matters that need addressing,

  • MadAdi

    Member
    April 20, 2022 at 10:57 pm

    That could be strings as much as setup. I have most of my online purchases set up by my local guy. That being said Im no expert but its worked out great for me. One guitar sounded so bad I just knew I had made a big mistake. After the luthier in Port Townsend Wa. spent some time with her . Well its my favorite girl now. Better safe them sorry.

  • Mrfredsporty

    Member
    April 21, 2022 at 6:28 am

    I just got a new epiphone hummingbird and as soon as I finish the 30 day challenge I am definitely taking it in to get a proper set up. I did in the meantime change the huge strings it came with to Martin silk and phosphorus. Huge difference just doing that. But I do wan t a pro to set mine up like I said

    • PaPaKilo

      Member
      April 22, 2022 at 2:14 pm

      I just purchased an Epiphone Hummingbird as well. It definitely needs a pro set up. I’m having a new bone nut made by my local guy. It may need a truss rod adjustment as well. But I will certainly let the pro take care of that stuff. It’s a beautiful guitar for sure.

  • Cadgirl

    Member
    April 21, 2022 at 7:25 am

    @aj2323, @Loraine, @digenu7, @Mrfredsporty , I have never heard of taking a guitar up for a tune up. Is this something you should do every couple of years or just when you spot a problem?

    • Mrfredsporty

      Member
      April 22, 2022 at 6:45 am

      Lorraine did a good job of answering you and I’ll just add that there is no telling how great a job the factory does plus shipping etc. I did notice a very slight buzz on my b string. So with a good pro checking it out it ca only get even better

  • Loraine

    Member
    April 21, 2022 at 10:14 am

    @Cadgirl Its up to you whether you get a tune up or proper set up (different terminology for basically same thing). Some people swear by them annually or every few years. I personally only take them in when something seems off or if a new guitar to get basic set up and have neck checked.

    • Cadgirl

      Member
      April 21, 2022 at 4:41 pm

      @Loraine, Thanks, Next time I’m at the guitar shop I’ll ask about them. How often they recommend, etc.

  • MadAdi

    Member
    April 21, 2022 at 11:47 am

    @Cadgirl, Frets wear and the wood in the neck will start to bend and warp with time. The joint of the neck and body can become lose and need refit. A guitar new from the factory could go through many changes in temperature, climate or even a packaging and shipping collision on its way to you. They are beautiful little creatures that deserve our respect and care.

    Its a brutal world out there….lol

    • Cadgirl

      Member
      April 21, 2022 at 4:40 pm

      @digenu7 Thank you, I just never thought of it. It does make sense.,

  • MadAdi

    Member
    April 21, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    Its all really relative. Some guitars would cost less then a good setup. I think I watch to many videos…lol

  • aj2323

    Member
    April 22, 2022 at 10:54 am

    Thanks so much, everyone. I actually meant set up. I just couldn’t think of the word.

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