New Guitar Setup at Time of Purchase?



Asked by: Rebecca Brown

Should you get a brand new guitar setup?





Unless the buyer is extraordinarily fortunate, the answer is always “yes” and a new guitar can need more doing than one that’s been previously set up. Most guitars are made to a price and budget instruments just don’t have the time spent on them to make them play as well as they can.

Do new guitars come setup?

Still, many—even most—guitars arrive from the manufacturer needing additional setup work. There are a few things to consider when thinking about a setup. Understandably, different players have different expectations and needs when it comes to their guitars.

Should I get my new acoustic guitar setup?

First. So here's my take on what you should do first. Now the first thing you should be done obviously the guitar needs to be in tune because you want proper tential in the guitar.

How do you set up a brand new guitar?

And take the plastic off if the knobs are raised up you can actually slip like a sock or a rag in them. And pull it out if they're not raised up you can put like a butter knife in there.

How much should a guitar setup cost?





Generally speaking, a professional setup costs around $50, but it could be upwards of $100 if there’s a lot of work to be done. New strings are usually part of the setup process, since the gauges of the strings affect intonation.

What to do after buying guitar?

Some new guitars have been sitting in a showroom for days, or weeks before they’re purchased.



5 Things You Must do with Your New Guitar

  1. Make sure the guitar is in tune. …
  2. Check for good intonation. …
  3. See if you need to replace the strings. …
  4. Adjust the action. …
  5. Get a case.


How much does a signature setup cost at Guitar Center?

Keep your instrument sounding its best by getting a professional standard setup for only $49.99. A pack of select strings is included with the setup.

What is included in guitar setup?

A “setup” is regular maintenance that’s done on the guitar that involves multiple services such as replacing strings, adjusting the neck, and raising or lowering the string height.



How long does Guitar Center take to setup?

It took about 2 days.

How do you tell if a guitar is setup correctly?

The seventh fret you want to see just about a hair's distance. About a quarter of a millimeter that's 0.25. Millimeters if the string is touching. The fret. Then you're going to need more relief if

Why do cheap guitars have high action?

Some cheap guitars do have a high action because manufacturers don’t put enough time into instruments, in order to make as much profit as possible. After all, time is money, and the less money spent, the better for them. Also, their quality control standards are low, so they sell products for a lower price.



What is a 22 point guitar setup?

This 22-point setup includes personalizing all of the parameters of the instrument so it will sound and play its best for the player, cleaning and polishing the instrument, as well as a restring. A pack of select strings is included with the setup.

Does Sam Ash do guitar setups?

We offer repairs and maintenance on guitars, basses, trumpets, trombones, saxophones, violins, cellos and much more. All instruments can benefit from a setup by a Sam Ash expert technician.

Is Sweetwater owned by Guitar Center?

No, Sweetwater is not owned by Guitar center. Guitar Center is owned by Ares Management, whereas Sweetwater is majority owned by Providence Equity Partners with founder Chuck Surack owning the remainder of the company after selling over half of his stake in July of 2021.