This is your typical guitar 'tune-up.' This is the service that will fix most high string height issues ('action') and really make your guitar feel like it's meant to be played.
Strings are changed, neck relief, string action and intonation are adjusted. Nut and saddle heights are checked and filed if necessary. All hardware is checked and tightened. Electronics are tested. Pickup height adjustment is included on request. Add fretboard, body and bridge cleaning and conditioning for $10. Add a fret polish for $20. 12-strings guitars, extended range instruments and floating tremolo instruments may be additional.
Setups come with a 30-day free adjustment period. Sometimes the guitar's neck will shift, or strings will further stretch and the guitar will not be how it left the shop a few days later. Sometimes you just decide you'd like the action a little lower, or maybe it's just too low and it's buzzing too much. Bring it back, and we'll fix it how you like it!
The ultimate factor that determines how well a guitar can play and how low string action can go is how level the frets are, and how uniformly they are radiused. If frets have been worn too severely, they cannot even be leveled, in which case the instrument will require a complete refret. Frets are most commonly brass, however stainless steel frets are well-loved at Xu Strings for their ultra-smooth feel and greatly extended fret life. Stainless is much more difficult to work with and also harder on tools, so there is a $100 upcharge on guitars ($150 for bass). Xu Strings has been doing SS refrets since day 1 and you won't find a better price in the area.
All frets are removed and for non-lacquered fingerboards, the fingerboard is planed to a uniform radius, then new frets are installed. Frets are pressed-in when possible. Fret ends are then re-profiled and leveled. A full fret level is then performed as well as crowning and polishing, and then a full setup is done.
This service will correct almost all issues with buzzing, as well as remove all of the divots in the fretwire. There must be ample fret height to do a good level, else a refret will be required.
Frets are leveled under simulated string-tension, radiused to the guitar's fretboard (or other radius, upon request). Frets are then crowned and polished. A setup is then performed after. New strings highly recommended.
Old strings are removed, new strings are then installed, stretched and tuned. Since many players have their string brand of choice, strings are not included in the price, but Xu Strings is a proud Pyramid String dealer!
Pyramid Strings - Only the finest! Handmade and imported from Germany.
Maximum Performance Pure Nickel Electric Strings - $15
.009-.046w, .010-.048w, .011-.048w
These strings are for electric guitars and round-wound. Pure nickel gives them a warm, musical sound and great feel on the fingers.
Gold - Pure Nickel Flatwound Electric Strings - $25
These strings are flat-wound, unlike typical guitar strings. These are slick on the fingers and have an unmistakable timbre. They are like jazz-magic on archtops and semi-hollows, but also bring a different dimension to solid-bodies.
Premium Bronze Round Wound Acoustic Strings - $15
.011-.050w, .012-.052w, .013-.056w
These are premium strings for acoustic. The bronze-zinc ratio and premium materials give these strings a very warm voice that are a pleasure to hear and pleasure to play.
Silver Plated Round Wound Acoustic Strings - $12
These strings are the ultimate in the airy, stringy tone without sacrificing bass. These strings will brighten up any guitar and give you that studio acoustic tone in person.
Hand Polished Acoustic Phosphor Bronze - $20
.011-.050w, .012-.054w, .012-.056w
These strings are like the Premium Bronze Round Wound acoustic strings, except they are half-polished for a unique timbre and reduced string noise when sliding your fingers across the strings. Treat your fingers to a set!
Xu Strings is a licensed, home-based business, located in Shady Grove. While I pride myself on my work, I do have a day-job that I have to work around.
Please call, text or e-mail for a quote, or to arrange an appointment to drop off your instrument. Right now, evenings and weekends work best.
My shop is currently in the apartment building listed above. Parking is not metered or validated, so you can park in any available space. If you are facing the front of the building, it's best to park along the left side.
View from the front-left corner of the building. You can park in any available space in this area.
Look for this side entrance here.
Come through the hall just past the stairs and past suite 107.
Look for my logo on the set of double-doors.