West Union Art Studios

(828) 403-4148

113 W Union St, Morganton, NC, 28655

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LUTHIER SERVICES

Do you have a stringed instrument that needs repairing?  Robert Gucwa is an expert luthier who can work on a variety of instruments.  
Prices listed below (in BOLD) are average prices for basic services, and do not include cost of parts.
Cost of work is subject to change upon inspection. Inspection is free!

 

PRICING

I. Violin family instruments – prices listed for violin / viola. Expect increase in price for cello / bass

A. Set-up work

1. Restring 10

2. Lower bridge or nut 20-30

3. Plane fingerboard 50-100

4. Sound-post setting or adjustment 15

5. Service pegs 15

6. Clean / Polish 30+

B. Fit new…

1. Peg or Perfection Peg or Endpin 25

2. Nut 45

3. Bridge 

a. Student level bridge 50

b. Professional bridge 100 

4. Sound post 25

5. Saddle 45

C. Crack repair 

1. Open seams 10/inch

2. Top cracks requiring removal of top 200+

D. Pick-up installation

1. LR Baggs style bridge pick up 80

II. Bows

A. Rehair (Includes polish and cleaning) 70

B. New leather thumb-grip (lizard or goat leather available) 40

C. New wire wrap 

1. Nickel 80

2. Silver 150

3. Imitation whale bone 80

D. New tip 

1. Plastic 75

2. Tip-Armor 150

3. If ebony faceplate is required add 20

E. Cambering 25+

III. Fretted Instruments – 

A. Basic set up 40

1. Setups for instruments with more than 6 strings 50

2. Floyd rose / tremolo tuning 5-10

B. Electronics work 

1. Install acoustic pick up 80

2. Install component (pickup selector/ potentiometer / output jack / etc) 35

3. Basic soldering 10/per solder joint

4. Electronics inspection and cleaning 35

C. Replace

1. Bone nut 50

2. Bone saddle 40

a. Compensated saddle 60

D. Cracks and damage repair

1. Headstock crack 50

2. Broken headstock or neck 100 +

3. Reglue bridge 80

4. Glue binding 5/inch or 50 for entire top or back

5. Fill and color polyurethane finish 50+

6. Cleat cracks in top, back, or ribs 50+

E. Fretwork

1. Replace fret 10

2. Levelling and dressing frets 150+

3. Refret 300+

F. Banjo 

1. Bride 30

2. Tune head 20

3. Fit new skin banjo head 50

G. Mandolin

1. Fretboard “scoop” 75