Guitar Repair Pricing Guide – Necks & Structural

NecksĀ 

Price
w/ Setup
Mounting neck, no drilling
$30
$17.50 + SU
Mount neck, with drilling
$45
$35 + SU
Dowel and drill stripped neck
$45
$33 + SU
Bolt set cheap acoustic (must have a setup)
N-A
$200-250
Replace or fix truss rod, includes set up. (Materials not included, usually appx. $30)
$400 and up(must quote)
-
Heat set neck (no maple, rosewood/ebony only not a guaranteed repair)
$30-60
-
Reglue loose neck (Celebrity style) no guarantee on repair
N-A
$145-165

Neck Re-sets
Includes set up and new saddle.Proper playability is not guaranteed without a full refret.

Price
w/ Refret
Traditional dovetail, no binding +$10 material
$325-350
$550-575
Guild, Gibson Acoustic or touch up required +$10 material
$425-450
$675-700
Taylor (pre NT) or other bolt-on
$200-225
$450-475
Les Paul, includes touch up and set up +$10 material
$450
$700
SG guitars (no binding), includes touch up +$10 material
$425-450
$650-675
Hollowbodies (Gibson ES style) or Archtops, touch up and set up included +$10 material
$425-525
$675-775
Any guitar with binding
+$25
+$25

Cracks and structural (headstocks and top cracks)

CA seal crack; finish only, no touch up.
1-3″
$90-100
3-6″
$115-125
over 6″
Must Quote
Glue crack includes cleatting and touch up. +$8 for materialĀ  (majority of top cracks)
1-3″
$135-150
3-6″
$185-200
over 6″
Must Quote
Glue crack with splint and touch up – +$7 for material
1-3″
$175-190
3-6″
$200-225
over 6″
Must Quote
Seal cracked bridge (Jet Glue)
$20-30
Headstock reglue, no touch up
Simple
$100 + set up
Moderate
$110 + set up
Difficult
$125 + set up
Difficult
$125 + set up
Headstock off (no splines)
$150 + set up
Headstock off with splining and touchup (includes set up +$10 for material)
$600-650
Headstock with expert touch up (+$8 for material)
$300-325
Rebuilding headstock (includes set up, +$10 for material)
$650+
Loose Brace Reglue
$45-50 each
Off Brace Reglue
$65 and up
Brace build and replace
$80-100 each one
Remove Back for repair
Minimum $375

84 Responses

  1. chris says:

    I imagine that finding exact tuners for that may be difficult, but we can see what we have. The crack, nut and refin is no problem. If you have an example of the color you would like, that is always best, but I think I have an idea of what you are looking for. We would usually call that a “blue burst”, but there are thousands shades of blue. As far as cost, look to spend about $800-900 plus parts and materials (probably around $50 unless we need to replace all the tuners so they match). Let me know if you have other questions.

  2. Ben says:

    How much to redo the neck binding on a vintage MIJ LP (Tokai). Found a great guitar, but a lazy refret pressed the frets right into the binding and it looks a mess.

    Thanks

  3. chris says:

    Ben,
    That is tough to say without seeing the guitar. I imagine we should be able to save the old binding and just refret the guitar properly. If that is so, look to spend about $300-400. If the binding is too shot, we would need to pull it , replace it, refinish the neck (or touch it up, depending on how clean the binding comes off), and refret it. In that case, look to spend about $675. Those are awfully good guitars, but I am not sure how much they fetch on the guitar market. I would think we should be able to save the old binding.

  4. Michael Ciaccio says:

    Good Afternoon,

    I recall your company when I worked for a local music store here in Rockford IL. You repaired a Les Paul broken headstock for me, beyond exceptionally. Unfortunately, that same guitar, Gibson Les Paul SE, took another fall, and the headstock has once again broken off.

    I would like to inquire how to get the guitar repaired and what I can expect the costs to be? Do I have the option to ship via UPS to your location and have it shipped back? Also, what is a typical time for repair?

    Thank you in advance, I hope that we can do business in the near future.

    Michael

  5. chris says:

    Michael, You can send the guitar directly to us via UPS. Cost varies on the severity of the break and if you wnat the damage cosmetically repaired. Look to spend between $150 and $650. If you send me some photos, I may be able to give you a better idea. Any cosmetic work takes a while as the guitar is finished with a nitrocellulose lacquer. Look for it to take around 6-8 weeks.

  6. Pete Pachio says:

    Whats the price to take the glue off the back of a neck and use a tung oil finish?

  7. chris says:

    I am assuming you are talking about the finish on the back of the neck. There are a couple of ways to do it. If you want it completely stripped off and have the grain exposed, then put on an oil based finish, look to spend about $75-90. If you want the back of the neck sanded so the finish isn’t glossy, we usually charge about $10-15 to do that when you get a set up done (usually around $70 all together). The sanding of the neck has to be done every once and a while, as your fingers running up and down the neck will gloss it up again eventually. The problem most people have with an oil finish is that is doesn’t protect against dirt very well, so the wood begins to collect dirt in its pores.

  8. Fred says:

    I have two Guild acoustics (1976 D25 and 1980 D25-12) that are in great condition but in need of a neck reset. What would the cost be for this work?

  9. chris says:

    Unfortunately for you, the Guild guitars are the most expensive to do neck resets on for two reasons. First, they have a broad shouldered heel which usually means the neck heel is glued on to the sides of the guitar. The necks are notoriously difficult to get off. the second thing is that the body and neck are glued together in production and then the guitar is painted, which means you have to crack the paint open. Unlike Martin or Taylor, where the neck and body are finished separately, the Guild (and Gibsons) require a good bit of touch up once the neck is reset. All that being said, we charge $675-700 to reset the neck, refret, touch up, build a new saddle and set up Guild acoustic 6 strings. you would need to add $25 for the 12 string. material cost is usually about $20 per guitar as well (for fret wire, bone blanks, etc).

  10. E. Cruz says:

    I have a Washburn acoustic with a cracked neck that has now splintered and, along with the headstock, has broken apart from the rest of the guitar. Frets are fine and I have the separated headstock, but what might I be looking to pay to fix the problem.

  11. chris says:

    Well, if the headstock is completely off the guitar, you may be in for a headstock rebuild. that usually runs about $650. If the crack keys back together again and we think it will hold, we can just reglue the headstock without rebuilding it. that usually runs around $300. If you don’t want touch up (where we paint the cracked area to make it look like new), then it may be around $175.

  12. richard says:

    How much would it cost to rebind an epiphone les paul with tortoise binding?

  13. chris says:

    More that the guitar is worth! You would need to pull off the old binding on the body and neck, rebind, refret and refinish the guitar. If it is a standard color with single binding, look to spend about $1500 plus materials…

  14. Nick says:

    My dean acoustic fell off the stand it was on and the headstock split at a diagonal going up from the end of the neck. how much would it cost approximately to get it repaired?

  15. chris says:

    Hard to say 100% without looking at it but usually runs around $125-150 to repair. If we are going to touch it up to try and make it look like it never happened, look to spend around $300 total. I would really need to see photos though and really, the guitar in person. If you would like, you can send photos directly to me. thirdcoastguitar@ameritech.net

  16. Dean Brenneman says:

    I have a 1940/50′s Gibson archtop in very rough condition – no original hardware and severe binding rot – but she still plays sweetly and is a sentimental favorite. Seems to be a “war bride” mix of pre WWII neck and post war body, w/ maple laminate front and back in a full sunburst finish. But the binding is just crumbling away every time I pick her up, and the face & back are beginning to delaminate. Neck & headstock are unbound, so no problems there. I’ m not trying to restore her to pristine condition – I just want to stabilize her. Would you be willing to re-bind the body – front & back – and how much would you charge? Is it feasible to “age” the binding – so it doesn’t look out of place – without getting into a major refinishing project?
    Thanks!

  17. chris says:

    Dean,
    I would really want to take a look at it to give you a firm estimate. We usually try to avoid re-binding the guitar if we can. Sometimes, if there is enough binding left, we can “petrify” it by injecting watery thin CA glue and then building up the binding, shaping and touching it up with an air brush. This is pretty tedious work as you can imagine, but it leaves the binding original. That usually can run about $400-500 per side. We would match the aging of the rest of the guitar. This repair is usually pretty invisible. As far as binding the guitar, we can do that but it is awfully hard to do without refinishing the body of the guitar. In manufacture, the binding goes on before the guitar is finished and then is scraped down to the wood. The glue that is used to adhere the binding to the wood is solvent based and eats into the existing lacquer as well. This usually creates conditions that make it very hard to simply touch up (at least it is hard to make it look good). If it is possible, we do simply touch it up. These kind of repairs are a bit fluid as you can imagine. Worst case, we rebind, refinish, and age the finish to look old. That would be on the outside and would cost around $1200. I don’t like that option, usually, I prefer the first option. Hope that isn’t too confusing!

  18. Dean Brenneman says:

    Thanks Chris – that all makes sense. I can send pix if you give me the email to send them to. I like the idea of petrifying if it seems feasible. One question – I’ve read that injecting CA can sometimes penetrate into the veneer and result in dark stains beneath the finish. Do you share that concern?

  19. chris says:

    You can send photos to thirdcoastguitar@ameritech.net
    Injecting CA can be dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. As we say around the shop, “Crazy Glue is Crazy”. If it is done correctly, there is no worries.

  20. rajiv says:

    How much does it cost total(parts and labor) to replace a neck on a stratocaster?

  21. chris says:

    Depends on the Strat. A fender branded American Standard neck is around $550 installed where an Allparts branded one is around $300 installed. What kind of Strat do you have?

  22. Tom says:

    I’m thinking of buying an early 60′s Gibson 335 with a repaired(@1980) headstock break. The rest of the guitar is in great condition but if the repair breaks again I’d like to know my options in advance.

    1 – Is there any rule of thumb re how long old glue can be expected to last (there is a spline also)?

    2- Can you put a new neck on Gibsons and, if so, where do they come from?

    Thanks

  23. chris says:

    Well the glue should hold practically forever if it was repaired correctly. We offer a lifetime guarantee on our headstock repairs. Now if you drop the guitar again, the headstock will break but it will be less likely to break if it was done correctly. Now as far as replacing the neck, Gibson doesn’t sell the necks anymore so you would need to send it to Gibson and pay an arm and a leg to have it replaced and it would reduce the value of the instrument even further. A properly repaired guitar with original parts is always more desirable than one that has components replaced.

  24. phil moskowitz says:

    I have a 1965 es 125 tdc with the headstock completely broken off.
    There is also a fret missing at 14th position. Can you’all help me get my twang back? What is the high/low price? thanks, Mike.

  25. chris says:

    Certainly can restore twang. Depending on how well everything keys back together, look to spend $300-650 on the headstock repair. i know that is a wide range, but I just can’t tell without seeing the guitar. As far as the frets, if we just need to replace the one and level the frets, look to spend about $65 with the other repair work. If we (or you) feel like we should totally refret the thing, look for it to be another $235 with the headstock work.

  26. David Ramirez says:

    How much would it be to repair a Johnson acoustic guitar, it has a small crack in the back of the neck that connects it to the body of the guitar like if it wants to come off it is not that bad but I just don’t like how it looks

  27. chris says:

    David,
    That is hard to say without seeing it in person. Some cracks are easily glued up without having to do a ton of work and that can be as cheap as $45. Others require a ton of work and can run upwards of $500! If you can bring it by, we can give you a better idea and there is no charge for us to look at it.

  28. H Stephens says:

    In 2012 Gibson had some issues with wood, I ended up with a j45 true vintage that has a lamanated finger board and bridge , and who knows what wood was used, I am looking at replacing both , with solid wood , stainless fets , and using Madagascar rosewood . I am trying to ballpark the cost of doing this.
    Thanks for your time.

  29. chris says:

    They had issues because the Feds shut them down for violating the Lacey Act. That is do-able. As far as the Madagascar stuff, it is pretty hard to get. There are some boards still out there that are not slotted. You may want to consider some alternates like Honduran Rosewood which is still available. Removing and replacing the fretboard and fretting with stainless steel frets should run you around $750 plus materials. The bridge should be around $200 to remove, reproduce and reinstall, again plus materials. Let me know if you have any other questions….

  30. James Sarzotti says:

    Takamene, limited edition, 12-15 years old. Front crack, neck caving in and lifting the face. Looks like an eruption of wood coming up at the top. Can send a picture, if you like.

  31. John C. says:

    I have a 2007 Taylor 414ce. How can you tell if it’s time for a refret or a neck reset? It plays well, always in the case, humidified and i regularly change the strings and set the truss rod if playability doesn’t agree with me and during temperature extremes. There are little dent in the frets where the string comes in contact with.

  32. chris says:

    John,
    The guitar probably just needs to have a level/recrown and set up. Unless the wear in the fret is really deep (say half the depth of the fret), we usually wouldn’t do any refretting. If we do refretting on an acoustic, it is usually just the first 3-7 frets since that is where most people wear their frets. If there is a big twist in the fretboard, then we may need to completely refret it and plane the fretboard straight again. As far as the neck set, if it plays well, it probably is OK. If it needs to be reset and you are the original owner, Taylor covers that repair under warranty.

  33. Martin says:

    Hello I just picked up an old martin d1 and while cleaning it fell and cracked neck would like to know can you repair or replace neck what is the cost and turn around time

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