Guitar repairs

Tech Services

The Axe Palace offers a wide array of professional guitar tech services for our customers. Whether you are just after an incredible setup or require a more complex job, our in-house tech is a licensed luthier who can do just about anything. We charge very reasonable rates and offer a quick turn-around time. He is also an excellent guitar player who understands what today’s players demand and can accomodate anyone’s needs.

Below is a partial list of the services we offer. For anything you don’t see listed, please email us or call 508-921-9973 and we’ll get you an estimate. We are located in Walpole, MA – a short drive from Boston as well as Providence, RI. We also welcome customers to ship us their guitars as well if you’re not local. We will pack with great care and of course insure every package. 

All prices listed reflect the cost of labor only and do not include the cost of material and parts

Our service

Custom Guitar Features


Standard: $75 

Everything you need to have your guitar play as well as it possibly can. Includes fingerboard cleaning, fret polish, fingerboard conditioning, truss rod adjustment, action and nut height adjustment, intonation and hardware check. We also wipe down the guitar body, neck, and headstock.  This includes 6 and 7 String Guitars with a fixed bridge as well as 4 and 5 string basses.

Advanced: $85

This is for guitars that require a little more work to fine tune. Floyd Rose bridges, 8-string or 12-string guitars, 6-string basses. This includes shimming Floyd Rose saddles when needed to better match the radius.

Additional Charges for Set-ups

Non-accessible truss rods:     + $10  (ie; having to remove the neck to adjust the truss rod)

Evertune bridges:                    + $25

Kahler Bridges:                         + $20,000 (okay, +$20)

Deep Cleaning Fingerboard: + $25

Deep Cleaning Hardware:      + $25

Cutting the nut slots to the correct height is included in a setup.  If the nut slots are too low, filling and recutting 2 slots is also included in the price of a setup.  However, if 3 or more nut slots require filling an additional charge of $15-25 will be applied and will cover the entire nut being adjusted.   We will determine if it is better to glue/dust fill the slots or shim the entire nut.

Additional Services added on to Set-Ups

These are not recommended to be done without a set-up, so the prices here are add-ons.

Shim Neck: +$25 (We make custom tapered wooden shims to ensure your neck maintains proper contact with the body and wont cause any long term damage to the neck heel or pocket)

Blocking Bridge Trem: 

Single Block : + $30
Double Block: + $40

Tremol-no Install: + $30

Nut Work

New Nut (Prices do not include a set up)

From Blank: $70
Premade nut: $35
12-String nut: $120

Cut Nut Slots:

First 2 Slots: $10

Each Additional Slot: + $5

Lower Locking Nut Shelf: + $25  ($15 with set-up)


Pickup Installs:

1 Pickup: $50
2 Pickups: $70
3 Pickups: $90

Full Rewire: $125

Fishman Install (Passive to Active Swap): $140 (A full rewire including wiring 2 push-pull switches for your choice of voicing and coil tapping options)

Active to Passive Install: $125 (Involves full rewire. Additional fees my apply if drilling for a bridge ground is required)

Additional Charges with Pickup Installs

Drill for Bridge Ground: + $15
Replace Jack: + $20

New Potentiomer Installs: (does not include cost of parts)

Standard Pot: + $30  ($20 for each additional one)
Push/Pull (or push/push): + $40  ($30 for each additional one)


Mini Switch: $25
Mini Switch (Advanced): $40 (this is for multipole mini switches used for polarity and phase switching)
3-Way Toggle or Blade: $40
5-Way Standard Switch: $40
5-Way Super Switch: $50
Arcade Button Killswitch: $25
Drilling a new hole or re-sizing a current hole will include an additional upcharge of $25

Resoldering or Replacing Jacks, Pots, Switches, Caps, etc: $25 (+$10 each if done with other work)

Sustainer system, Piezo system, or other custom electronic jobs:  These default to our hourly shop rate. Contact us for an estimate.

(A flat rate fee may apply if routing is required. Prices do not include the cost of parts)


File Fret Ends

Bolt-Ons: $30 ($20 with set-up)
Set/Thru: $35 ($25 with set-up)

Fret Level and Crown: $180 (Includes a full set-up)
We level under tension, using the string guages and tuning you choose for your set up. This ensures the truss rod and neck are in the same spot they will be once the guitar is set up and avoids the possibility of the neck shifting during the leveling process. It also helps us identify and work around inonsistancies and slight warping that might present themselves under tension.

Full Refret:

Bolt-On Guitars $400
Set-Neck and Neck-Thru Guitars $450
Bound Fingerboard: + $50
Stainless Steel Frets: + $50
Finished Maple Neck: + $100

Refret, Reseat, or Level Individual Frets: Contact us for estimate

Other Services 

Install Strap Buttons: $25 ($15 with other work)

Dowel and Re-drill Strap Buttons: $35 ($25 with other work)

Install Tuners: $25 – This is for drop-in replacement tuners

Install Tuners (advanced): Billed Hourly. Typically $40 This is when drilling, filling, resizing or refinishing is needed
(If Touch-Up Finish work is needed, it is also billed hourly and is typicaly $85-$100)

Satin finish a neck: Lightly sanding down a painted neck to achieve a silky-smooth feel: $30

Hourly Flat Rate: $80
Applies to non-standard requests and labor intensive work such as fingerboard scalloping, routing, neck sanding and neck shaping. If you don’t see a price listed here it will default to the hourly rate.

Minimum Bench Fee: $25 
This is only for work done, estimates are free.

Same Day Fee: + $30
This greatly depends on our current tech que, and our customers’ needs. Please call us to confirm that this is even a possibility before you come in.  A day or two advance notice makes it much more likely to be done.

**Please note that all prices listed here are for labor only, parts are not included**

Feel free to call us at 508-921-9973 or email us with any questions. You can also visit our store for a consultation.  We don't charge anything to look at your instrument and discuss your options.

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