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Old 07-02-2022, 11:20 AM
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Default Neck reset by certified vs non-certified Martin luthier?

Hey, was gifted a beautiful d28 this month. Eventually needs a reset to get the action back down a bit. Thereís a guy round me that would do it for 1k, but he says heíll have for 6-10 months, which is absurd to me since a reset takes only a few days of work. Heís Martin certified, but another great luthier living near my folks would do it for way cheaper and only take a few weeks to do it. Heís not a certified Martin guy. Does this certification reeeeally matter?
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Old 07-02-2022, 11:37 AM
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I've seen the work of one certified Martin repairer that was very shoddy.

So it's no guarantee.
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Old 07-02-2022, 12:34 PM
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When I was Schoenberg's repair tech I did at least 100 Martin neck sets; I was never certified. A simple reset w/o a new bridge is 3 to 5 hours work maximum over a 3 day period. $500 is at least $100 an hour, which seem like pretty good pay to me. If it needs a new bridge, you might add $250. If it also needs frets, then $1000 could make sense.
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If a guitar's out of warrantee like a car's out of warrantee, I think it doesn't matter if an authorized rep does the work or an independent shop does the work.
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And 6-10 months? Sounds like the shop doesn't want the job and doesn't want to say 'no'.
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When I was Schoenberg's repair tech I did at least 100 Martin neck sets; I was never certified. A simple reset w/o a new bridge is 3 to 5 hours work maximum over a 3 day period. $500 is at least $100 an hour, which seem like pretty good pay to me. If it needs a new bridge, you might add $250. If it also needs frets, then $1000 could make sense.
You have any recommendations for folks in the northeast ( Iím in VT) working with prices like that? Many thanks
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Old 07-02-2022, 07:00 PM
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would do it for way cheaper and only take a few weeks to do it. Heís not a certified Martin guy. Does this certification reeeeally matter?
Many thanks for any advice!
The 6 months is more likley your guitar will be sitting in a work que to be done, good techs have crazy work ques. That does not say the other guy wont do a good job or a bad job.

The only advantage with a martin certified is if something goes wrong they have a direct link with the factory to have it fixed.

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Old 07-02-2022, 08:31 PM
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There is one Martin certified guy in Vermont that I am aware of (they decertified a guy in Burlington after a number of issues I understand). This guy did a crack repair for me and I had to have it done again. The two guys to consider in central Vermont are Jake Wildwood, at the Wildwood Flower in Rochester Vt. and Dave Richard in Corinth. I have had very good work done by both guys. Jake is very reasonable.
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Old 07-03-2022, 03:43 PM
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You have any recommendations for folks in the northeast ( Iím in VT) working with prices like that? Many thanks
If you are willing to go to South Portland,Maine, last year Matt Arcara did a fantastic neck reset on a 1950s Martin for me. He charged a very reasonable fee. If you are interested send me a message and I am happy to pass along his contact info ó it was John Slobod at Circa guitars who recommended him to me.
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Old 07-10-2022, 03:03 PM
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I've used John Hall multiple times for neck reset and refrett jobs. Blues Creek Guitar is Martin certified and last time I used them a neck reset was $800.00.
They are located in Hegins, Pa. I live in Manvel, Tx., it is worth the $100 for the shipping he is great. Usually 3 month wait or so.

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Old 07-13-2022, 08:03 AM
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You have any recommendations for folks in the northeast ( Iím in VT) working with prices like that? Many thanks
I second Jake Wildwood.

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