Xu Strings is a boutique, full-service repair shop that specializes in electronics and fretwork. Upgrades, installations, maintenance, structural repairs and minor cosmetic work are all covered. We also love projects just as much as you do, so even if you get stuck on yours, we don't mind fixing that next step for you at a reasonable cost.

Due to the many guitar-to-guitar differences and the many different services offered, it is very difficult to have set prices for everything. So, much like an automotive shop, almost all work is charged at a fixed rate of $50 per hour. However, listed below are some starting prices for some common services. There may be an upcharge for floating tremolos, extended range guitars or 12-stringed instruments, maple fingerboards or other features, depending on the service. New strings or other new parts are not included in these prices unless stated. Xu Strings reserves the right to price at its discretion, and sometimes an estimate can't be made until the instrument has been examined. Please ask for an estimate!

Xu Strings is a dealer for many brands and can get good prices on many products, including:

LR Baggs Preferred Dealer - Pyramid Strings - Oasis Humidifiers - Fishman
Nordstrand - Bartolini - Audere Audio - Floyd Rose - Graphtech Labs - Hipshot

We can probably open for most manufacturers, so feel free to ask if you want products from brands not listed.


Acoustic, electric or bass

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!

Full Refret
Acoustic, electric or bass

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.


Full Fret Level
Acoustic, electric or bass

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.

String Change
Acoustic, electric or bass

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!

Maximum Performance Pure Nickel Electric Strings - $15
.009-.046w, .010-.048w, .011-.048w

Gold - Pure Nickel Flatwound Electric Strings - $25

Premium Bronze Round Wound Acoustic Strings - $15
.011-.050w, .012-.052w, .013-.056w

Silver Plated Round Wound Acoustic Strings - $12
.011-.050w, .012-.052w

Hand Polished Acoustic Phosphor Bronze - $20
.011-.050w, .012-.054w, .012-.056w



Xu Strings is a licensed, home-based business, located right next to the Wheaton Mall. 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.

Phone: 240-475-6789
Location: 10914 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20902

My shop is currently in the apartment building listed above. You can pull into the building and park in one of the Future Resident parking spots for up to 30 minutes to drop off your instrument.

If you would like to wait for your instrument, you must park at 11006 Veirs Mill Rd, Wheaton, MD 20902 across from the LA Fitness. The exact parking lot location is here (39.035473, -77.050915).

You will turn off of Veirs Mill Road and into the Westfield Shopping Mall circle (it goes around the mall) and make a left onto the circle. The LA Fitness will be on your left, and rather than make a left into the parking lot in front of it, you will make a right into the parking lot. It is a quick one-minute walk to the apartment building.


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