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Guitar, Bass and Ukulele Set up, Repair, Restoration & Custom Building

Price Guide

Guitar set up

from £60 - acoustic or bass

from £60 - electric with fixed bridge

from £70 - electric with tremolo

(prices exclude strings and parts)

A professional set up will really help your guitar play at its best.

We will check your guitar's action, intonation, hardware and any electronics, make any adjustments needed to the nut slots, saddle(s), truss rod to suit your preferences, then give your guitar a professional clean and polish (including frets) so it looks and plays its best.

You'll get a detailed workshop note too, with all the key measurements before and after the work.

If your guitar could use a boost, call or email to book a set up.

fender stratocaster guitar set up in the malone guitars workshop in essex

Fret work

from £80 - full fret dress and crown

from £190 - full re-fret

from £25 per fret - partial re-fret

(prices exclude parts)

Damaged frets can cause buzzing, choked notes and problems with intonation. If this sounds familiar, call of email us for an estimate.

We pride ourselves on the high quality of our fret work and only use high quality Jescars, Sintoms and Dunlop fret wire, diamond filing tools, 3M micro abrasives, and the Erlewine neck jig system, to ensure the best possible results.

scored frets on a maple guitar fingerboard prior to fret dressing needing dressing repolishing refre


from £20 - acoustic, electric, bass

from £25 - classical or floating tremolo

(prices are plus strings)

A string change can make your guitar feel like new. We stock a range of strings from our favourite brands, including D'Addario, Ernie Ball, Martin, Elixir, Rotosound and DR. We are also happy to fit any strings which you provide.

new guitar strings fitted in essex by malone guitars billericay


​from £30 - replace control switch

from £40 - replace pickups

from £25 - replace input jack

from £30 - replace volume/tone pot

POA - custom modifications and fault diagnostics

(prices are plus parts)

We carry out a full range of guitar electronics fault diagnosis and repair, from simple pickup height adjustment through to full custom rewiring. We only use high quality parts and materials from manufacturers including Switchcraft, Bournes, CTS, Oak Grigsby and Sprague.

newly fitted telecaster electric guitar four way electronics top hat switch modification

Repairs, Restoration and Refurbishment

POA depending on requirements

We often tackle extensive restorations, conservation work and refurbishments. We specialise in restoring old, play-worn guitars sympathetically, so that they are stable and playable but keep their 'lived in' character.

Wherever possible, we repair and retain all original parts and use hide glues so that our work is easily reversed.

We also carry out most general guitar repairs, including structural work such as crack repairs, loose/failed bridges, neck and headstock repairs, neck resets and brace repairs.

If you have a special guitar that needs some real love - whether its value is financial or sentimental - or need help with a problem that isn't listed, call or email us to discuss your needs.

beautiful hofner senator guitar repaired refurbished and set up in essex at malone guitars

Saddles, bridges and nuts

from £50 - nut replacement (inc basic nut)

from £50 - saddle replacement (inc basic saddle)

from £45 - replacement electric bridge

These are key parts of your guitar - they support the strings so they can vibrate freely and transfer those vibrations to the rest of the guitar. They are also key for good action and intonation. We can supply and fit a range of quality parts, whether you are replacing a broken part or upgrading, including hand-cut bone nuts and custom intonated bone saddles.

Malone Guitars ebony hand made acoustic guitar bridge and bone saddle

Custom guitar building and commissions

POA depending on requirements

At Malone Guitars we handcraft a small number of fine quality acoustic and electric guitars every year. The majority are built to commission, but occasionally we have guitars available from stock - you can find them in our Shop and you can keep track of work-in-progress and see some of our previous work in our Blog.

If you would like to commission us to build a unique instrument for you, please get in touch - if you can imagine it, we can build it.

Malone Guitars - GA/CBL luthier custom hand made acoustic

The luthiery and repair services listed above are also available for ukulele and other similar stringed/fretted instruments, including but not limited to banjo, banjolele, mandolin, mandola, cigar box guitar, tenor guitar, baritone guitar, guitarron and oud (yes, oud). We draw the line at sitars... way too many strings!
Prices exclude strings and parts (unless otherwise stated)


We are proud to be D'Addario stockists.

D'Addario strings are an easy choice for our 'standard fit' on electric, acoustic and bass guitars. A range of class-leading guitar, bass and ukulele strings, accessories and essential maintenance products are also available in store.

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