Campbell's Music Service started as an instrument repair service even before 1964 and it is a service we're proud to continue. All sorts of stringed instrument repairs from broken necks to simple tweaks. Our turnaround times are very reasonable as are our prices. Please call (717-741-2533) or email if you have any repair questions. We are proud to work with companies like Fishman, Dimarzio, Jescar, Allparts, LR Baggs, CTS, Hipshot, Switchcraft, Aquilar and many others. Below is a list of just some of the more common repairs we do.
String Change - Remove old strings, clean instruments, clean and treat frets/fretboard, tighten tuners, tune
Simple Adjust - Adjust as necessary, typically includes action adjustment, neck adjustment but not intonation, cleaning electronics unless needed. This is typically for the person who either wants to improve the playability due to a string or weather change, keep costs down or has had previous work done and does not need the full setup but rather a tweak.
Setup - Otherwise known as a complete setup. Making the instrument play as good as possible. This will typically include action adjustments, both nut and bridge, neck adjustment, intonation set, electronic components cleaned, tightened, new strings installed (which includes the above work under string change). This puts the instrument in the best playing condition it can be not including fretwork.
Dressing the Frets - Also known as leveling and recrowning. Frets are leveled and recrowned (reshaped) to be like new. This is done when the frets have significant wear but are not so bad as to need replacing. It also includes the below 'dressing the fret edges' if needed. Action and neck adjustments are also included with this job.
Dressing the Fret Edges - Removing the fret sprout along the side of the neck, typically caused by fingerboard shrinkage. This removes the portion of the fret sticking out and also may include dressing the edges for better comfort and playability. Included with the above 'dressing the frets' but can be done separately if overall fret condition is otherwise good.
Partial Refret - When some frets wear down to the point of needing replaced while most of the other frets do not have excessive wear, a partial refret is done. Often needed by players who tend to play in one area (such as first few frets). A fret dressing is included as the new and old frets need to be level with each other. Prices vary mostly due to number of frets needed replaced.
Full Refret - All old frets are removed and new ones installed. New frets typically will need slight dressing as well as the edges dressed and shaped. Most people opt for this service when wear is excessive throughout the neck or they want a different size fret wire installed. We prefer to use Jescar premium frets for best durability and feel, including their EVO Gold frets.
Rewiring - can be partial or complete rewiring of the instrument. Partial is typical to replace faulty components or fix problems or weaknesses. Full rewiring is often done when someone wants to restore an instrument, bring it to vintage specs, customize the instrument or eliminate cheap or shoddy original wiring. Unless requested otherwise, we prefer CTS pots and Switchcraft switches and jacks for the best performance and longest reliability.
Pickup and Component Replacement - Change one or all pickups to gain new sound or replace non working part. Components like the switches and pots sometimes need replacement to eliminate problems or increase performance and reliability.
Hardware Installation - Replacing or adding new hardware such as tuning gears, bridges, custom pickguards, etc.
Nut and Saddle Replacement - We usually custom make new nuts and saddles out of raw bone stock but we can also use other materials if requested such as graphite. We custom make these to fit the guitar as most prefabricated parts are not exact fits. This allows us to do things like compensate the bridge saddle for better intonation or cut the nut slots wider for easier playing.
Bridge Reglue and Replacement - Involves removing the bridge, cleaning both the bridge and body of finish and old glue, prepping the surfaces, clamping the bridge in the proper place. Can sometimes involve internal bracing issues.
Shielding - Either copper tape or shielding paint applied to the instruments cavities to help reduce unwanted background noise and hum
Cracked, Broken and Chipped Wood and Finish Repair - From light touchup to filling a chipped out piece of finish or wood. Closing open seams in the body to regluing a broken headstock. Simple sealing up a crack to making it blend in with the rest of the guitar. We do not do complete refinishes however.
If you have a repair that isn't mentioned above or any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 717-741-2634 or firstname.lastname@example.org