Guitar & Bass Repairs

Repairs and Restoration

General Information

Stringed instrument repairs require a unique skill set and a commitment to accuracy and precision. Often the difference between an instrument that gives a mediocre performance and one that plays exceptionally may only be the difference of a few intricate adjustments. Sometimes this is undertaken with tools and instruments of measurement. At other times it is a combination of these and an instinct, a 'feeling' for the instrument and what it requires.

Glasshouse Guitar Works’ workshop is well equipped with a comprehensive range of tools that allow precision work on the instruments taken in for repair. 

Following is a list of some of the most common types of repairs undertaken. Click on a topic to read more.









General and Structural Repairs:

Instruments are meant to be played and consequently, ‘stuff’ happens. Guitars get dropped, sat on, left inside cars in the heat, and are knocked off stands. A whole gamut of unexpected accidents and incidents can render your pride and joy unplayable. Common repairs include cracked acoustic bodies, snapped or cracked headstocks and necks, bridges that have lifted or come away from the soundboard. Loose or broken braces, fingerboards and neck joints that have swollen or become uneven and screws that have been stripped out are other problems for an experienced hand.  Structural repairs are one of our specialties so, if your instrument has a problem, please get in touch. GGWREPSTRUCT8 (Custom)




Setup and maintenance:

Years of use or years of neglect can see an instrument fall out of optimum adjustment. Even new instruments are often not set up to their best because manufacturers set them to an ‘average’ configuration, which is designed as a starting point for any buyer. Guitars and basses are made from timber, which makes them susceptible to heat, cold and changes in humidity. Any of these can cause an instrument to shift and change from season to season. This is where a setup comes into play. Commonly, the main points of focus for a setup are: neck relief, string action, nut action, string radius and intonation. Providing there are no other problems this should make a guitar play optimally for your playing style.GGWREPSETUP04 (Custom)  




Precision Fret Work:

The frets on a guitar or bass may appear level to the naked eye but slight inconsistencies in height between them can interfere with strings as they vibrate. Small variations in height can cause unpleasant rattling and prevent an optimum low string action. We can deal with a myriad of fret problems including height inconsistency, loose and worn frets, offering individual fret treatments or a full ‘fret level, dress and polish’ option when needed. For clients who prefer a really low action, the workshop has a custom designed and built fret and neck jig that allows fret work to be taken to the next level.





Restoration Work

Instrument restoration is something we take very seriously. Our approach to restoration work is based on the principles that less is best and non-invasive is preferred. We believe that the damage and battle scars that an instrument collects are a direct reflection of its’ life’s adventure and the stories it is a part of. Whilst we endeavour to keep an instrument in a playable condition, re-finish work on vintage instruments is not offered at this stage. Please contact us to discuss your restoration ideas and needs.






Electronic Repairs and Upgrades

An instrument’s electronic components are equally as important as the body, the neck and the wood. The quality of the components and how they are installed and adjusted can affect the sound quality of an instrument when amplified. Scratchy spots, switches and output jacks, dead pickups and faulty wiring may all contribute to a frustrating amplified session. We can assist you with general electronic repairs and upgrades, as well as pickup replacement and installation.