New Beginnings!! August 06 2015
They say time flies when you're having fun & it's been 2 months already since I took over the coolest little music store in the south! Thanks to Reuben,Tom & Jada for having the vision & motivation to open a music shop for this little paradise we call home :) The hills are alive with the sound of music & it certainly will get loud with the amount of musicians we have in this town! I want to make this more than just a shop though, i'd love it to be a community where people can come & play, jam,talk,drink coffee & admire the selection of retro rugs...Feels a bit like a band practice room! I also love seeing young people getting involved in music especially when they start writing or excelling on an instrument because of the amount of time they have put in practicing.These ears aren't as sharp as they once were so I need those youngies to keep me honest & to pass the baton onto when my kids don't think i'm cool anymore & I just need to sit down & be quiet :) Fat chance of that happening! Really appreciate your support guys & swing by anytime or get in touch if you would like anything particular ordered in.See ya soon!!
Financing now available! July 23 2014
We are happy to announce that we are now able to accept Q Card so you can finance your dream guitar, PA system or drum kit. This card offers you *three months payment and interest free to give you time to pay off your purchase with no stress. Pop onto their website to apply: http://www.qcard.co.nz/index.php/applying-is-easy . Once you've got your Q Card in hand, come in and see us! You are one swipe away from getting outfitted with the gear that you need.
*No payments and no interest for three months (“Payment Holiday”) is available on all purchases. Despite the Payment Holiday an annual Account Fee may apply. The Q Card Standard Interest Rate applies to any outstanding balance at the expiry of the Payment Holiday period. Q Card terms and conditions, and fees apply.
Winter Stock June 19 2014Come on in and see us on Saturday from 11-2 now. We decided we needed to open for a few hours on Saturday for all those working folk who have trouble getting out to see us during the week. Check out several new small bodied guitars in stock from Cort, beginner nylon string guitars both full size and 3/4 and several Little Black Books including Bob Marley, Elvis and Acoustic Hits.
What is a Guitar Setup? May 14 2014
So what exactly does having your guitar setup mean? The principles are the same no matter the stringed instrument - guitar, violin, banjo, mandolin. Essentially, setting up an instrument means making it as comfortable and playable as possible for the musician. Guitar setup is a subjective thing. For example, I may setup the same guitar completely differently for someone who is playing metal versus someone who is a rhythm player or a flatpicker versus a fingerstyle player. No matter the player, or the instrument, I strive to adjust my setup for the type and style of player you are.
What does a setup include? For an acoustic guitar, the first thing is to adjust the relief or bow in the neck so playability between the 1st and 12th fret is comfortable. Then I adjust the depth of the nut slots where the strings sit with special rounded files that fit your gauge of strings precisely. This makes playability comfortable particularly in the first position or first four frets. At that point I check the action, which is the height of the strings at the 12th fret. The action may need to go up or down depending on the situation. You want low enough action so that playing is comfortable but you don't want it so low that the strings buzz on the frets. After the action is set and I'm happy with how the guitar is playing, I will remove the old strings and clean the instrument. That means polish the body, clean and oil the fingerboard and polish the frets. This is the time that I will oil and tighten the tuners as well as any strap buttons or other nuts and bolts. After that it is time to restring the guitar, give the strings a quick stretch and tune them. I finish with checking the pickup balance from bass to treble with the new strings to ensure the instrument sounds as good as possible.
How about an electric guitar setup? In addition to everything mentioned above, electric guitars get their electronics cleaned if the pots are scratchy, the pickup heights adjusted for optimal tone and the intonation set so the guitar plays in tune. You can tune the individual strings to your hearts content but if the intonation isn't set properly, your guitar will always sound out of tune. It is important to do this step last as the magnetic pull of the pickups is affected by the distance of the strings to the pole pieces. Some electric guitars have a floating tremolo and that is set to level at the correct height as well.
What does it cost and how long does it take? A standard setup is usually $50+gst. If you have a 12 string or a Floyd Rose bridge, setup cost is $60+gst. Depending on how busy the workshop is, I can typically get your instrument back to you in 1-3 days. If you live out of town or are a working musician, give me a call and we can schedule an appointment to ensure you have your guitar back to you as soon as possible.