Luthier Price Guide

Guitar, Banjo and Mandolin Repair Shop price guide

This price guide is meant only as a general guide to give you the cost of the most common repairs in a typical setting.

 I must see your instrument in person in order to give you an estimate that is accurate. There are lots of variables involved in repair work, so expect some things to be priced by quote only.

This is the work I do this for a living so please consider that if you are tempted to call the shop to ask for repair advice.  Unless I have your instrument in my shop I can’t advise, so please be considerate.

Thank you.

Banjo Repair
Banjo Setup, Complete/ head adjustment, truss rod, coordinator rod adjustment, Nut action corrected, string change (strings not included) $60.00
Change Banjo Head Mylar, (most) plus cost of head $55.00
Change Banjo Head, Real Skin (most) plus cost of head $95.00
Banjo Nut, bone $45.00
5th string spikes, each (includes the spike/s) $10.00
Banjo Neck Reset: Remove the banjo neck, remove lags, re-angle the neck, reinstall, string and setup. $155.00
General Fretted Instrument Repair
Partial Refret, with binding (per fret) Plus $35.00 for the first fret $50.00 plus $20.00 per fret
Complete Refret, without binding $225.00
Complete Refret, with binding $275.00
Partial Refret, without binding (per fret) Plus $25.00 for the first fret $40.00 plus $15.00 per fret
Repair Broken Headstock (depends on the severity) $100.00 to $350.00 by quote
Heel re-cut, (more room for head adjustment) 95.00
Restring, (plus cost of strings) $20.00
Change all machine heads (old tuners are taken at the time of exchange) Tuners not included in this price $35.00
Replace friction 5th tuner with Geared, plus cost of tuner
Nut, bone. Includes the material cost and good for 4, 5 or 6 string instruments only. $45.00
Mandolin or 12-string add $10.00
Saddle, bone, uncompensated $40.00
Saddle, bone, Compensated $60.00
Fret Dress, level, crown and polish (no frets get replaces during this procedure) $150.00
Re-glue loose brace, each (on average) $40.00
Neck Reset, Martin guitar $325.00
Neck Reset, Gibson guitar (acoustic only) $375.00
Guitar Bridge and saddle, build and install (includes all material and saddle) Brazilian Rosewood, when available, add $30.00 $175.00
Replace Bridge plate, $325.00
Re-glue lifting guitar bridge, (remove, clean and re-install) price may vary $110.00
Shave guitar bridge, to lower action at saddle (I will not perform this procedure on a domestic guitar like a Gibson or a Martin) $50.00
Install Acoustic Pickup, plus the cost of the pickup $100.00
Mandolin Repair
Re-glue loose brace, each $75.00
Mandolin Nut, bone $50.00
Re-shape tone bars, (mandolin only) gives more volume and a better sounding mandolin. $175.00
Restring, (plus cost of strings) $25.00
Mandolin Bridge Seat and fit to top of mandolin, does not include bridge $60.00
Add Wedge Under Fingerboard: This allows a higher bridge or lower action on a mandolin often resulting in a louder instrument.  (Not recommended for some imports) $300.00

We No Longer Take In Violin Repair

Autoharp Repair
Change Strings – plus cost of strings $250.00
Tune – assuming the strings are in good condition $65.00
Shop Rate per Hour $60.00
 

Richie Dotson
Acoustic Box LLC
11000 Long Branch Drive
Chesterfield, VA 23832
(804) 790-1705

Richie@AcouticBox.com
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