T. BANCROFT LUTHIER WELCOMES YOU!
TRADITIONALLY HANDCRAFTED GUITARS & UKULELES
Individually made to order
T. Bancroft Guitars are boutique, traditionally crafted instruments, with a lifetime guarantee. Small batch tone-woods are hand selected, necks are hand carved to ensure ease of playability, and all of the details and finishing touches are rooted in perfecting sound, look, and feel. T. Bancroft guitars come from the heart and soul of one builder, reflecting stunning craftsmanship and use of materials which informs the design and build every step of the way. No two are alike, resulting in contemporary art in the form of a musical tool.
Steel string and classical. Powerful tone, superior feel, completely customizeable.
Set neck style and bolt on. Customize your dream guitar, choose any tonewoods, pickups, wiring, neck shape, inlays, finish and more!
Superior quality instuments built for tone! 17" scale length Tenor with 14 Fret body joint. Tuned with either high or low G
SETUP AND REPAIR
Make your instrument play like it should
T. Bancroft Guitars is a full-service setup and repair shop. Equipped to handle all of your acoustic and electric guitar maintenance and repair needs. The prices listed below are labor estimates and do not include parts such as new strings, bone blanks, fret wire, etc. I give free no-obligation evaluations of any guitar so that you can make an informed decision
about your instrument and its care. Guitars are like cars; they need some routine maintenance to
perform at their best.
FREE EVALUATION...NO CHARGE!
I’ll give your guitar a thorough inspection inside and out, letting you know what is correct and what may need attention now or in the near future. Frets, neck, action, bridge and bridge plate, truss rod, tuners, finish and internal bracing are some of the things that are assessed. This service is provided as a courtesy to my customers and there is no obligation to buy anything.
ACOUSTIC GUITAR WORK
Most guitars will benefit from an annual setup, and instruments that are kept in less than ideal climate conditions (or that are on the road a lot) may need two per year. I’ll evaluate your guitar and make a recommendation. Setups may include truss rod lubrication and adjustment, saddle lowering to adjust action, nut slot adjustments, cleaning of grimy frets and fretboard, lubricating and tightening of tuners, and checking electronics and batteries. Price is based on what your guitar needs. The price range is for labor and does not include parts costs such as strings and bone nut and saddle blanks.
NOTE: On some guitars, fret work may be needed in order to reduce or eliminate buzzing. Fret work is not included in a setup; see prices below for fret work.
Acoustic Guitar Setup - $45.00-$65.00
New Bone Nut, 6 string - $90.00
New Bone Nut, 12 string - $150.00
New Bone Saddle, vintage style - $30.00-$45.00
New Bone Saddle, compensated - $75.00
Bridge Re-glue, basic - $65.00-$90
New Bridge, basic - $145.00
Bridge Plate Repair - $65.00
Re-glue Loose Brace - $35.00
Repair Top or Back Crack - 35.00 and up Repair side crack - $65.00 and up
Broken Peghead Repair - $65.00 and up
Neck Re-set - $350.00 and up
Refinish or touch up - $60 per hour
ELECTRIC GUITAR & BASS WORK
Setting up electric guitars and bass guitars can include truss rod lubrication and adjustment, bridge height and radius adjustment, setting intonation, checking tuners for tightness, and adjusting the nut slots for correct action at the first fret. Restringing and cleaning and polishing of the fretboard and frets is also included.NOTE: Due to the nature of electric guitar construction, and widespread desire for low action, it is extremely common for these instruments to need fret work to play well. 80% or more of electrics, especially those with bolt-on necks, have high frets in the tongue area that must be addressed in order to play without excess buzzing. This includes most new electric guitars right off the shelf. Please see the section below for fret work pricing.
Electric Guitar Setup - $45.00-$65.00
Volume and Tone Pot, and Switch Cleaning - $5.00 per pot
Electrical diagnosis and repair - $40.00 and up
Floating Trem Setup - $65.00
Bass Guitar Setup - $65.00
New Bone Nut, 6 string - $65.00 Fender, $90 Gibson style
New Bone Nut, 12 string - $150.00
Pickup installation - $25.00 per pickup Refinish or touch up - $60.00 per hour
Many guitars (even new guitars) need the frets leveled in order to play buzz-free with low action. Heavily played guitars develop ruts and low spots on the frets resulting in string buzz. Doing great fret work is a craft and I guarantee that you will notice the refinement and attention to detail. All my fret work jobs are performed with the guitar mounted in a neck jig that simulates string tension. This allows very accurate work, allowing the guitar to be setup to its maximum potential.
Fret Dress - $90.00
A fret dress includes leveling all the frets, re-crowning, and polishing of the frets and fretboard. Often this service is needed even on new guitars in order to set them up to play their best.
Complete Re-fret - $300-$350.00
Includes leveling of the fretboard, cleaning of fret slots, and complete Fret Dress.
Complete Re-fret plus refinishing Maple fretboard - $450
Partial Re-fret (requires a fret dress) - $14.00 per fret plus $90.00 for fret dress
Loose Fret Ends, per fret - $5.00
High Fret Leveling, per fret - $15.00 If more than a couple of frets are high, a complete leveling is needed
Shop hourly rate is $60 per hour.
Since each guitar is unique, prices quoted are estimates and may be adjusted based on actual time involved. A final price will be submitted prior to actual work and price may need to be adjusted in the case of repairs that get more involved as the work progresses. Being a one man shop I am happy to discuss every repair in detail.
Rush jobs may be charged extra pending current workload. Generally, I can perform setups and fret dress jobs in 1-3 days. Other services may take longer. I always try to meet the scheduling needs of my customers if possible. Please call or email me to discuss your guitar and to schedule a drop-off. Thanks for letting me service your instruments!
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