Lutherie Maintenance & Price List

I take on custom builds as well as the most intricate repairs - including finish work. My love for music fuels my woodworking passion and I've been working on guitars for over a decade. I can customize your current guitar with handmade accessories or build you one from scratch, including you in the wood selection process (making it a much more personal build). Please email matt@darksideofthewood.com for any inquiries. -Matthew Barrett

I will work on all instruments including (but not limited to) electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass guitar, viola, violin, cello, bass, mandolin, banjo, & ukulele.

Strings not included; please provide your own for all repairs requiring removal of strings.

Set Up for ALL stringed instruments: $60 with a 7 day turnaround time. Must drop off and pickup.

All setups include: cleaning and oiling instrument (fingerboard AND body); tightening hardware and tuning pegs; MINOR fret leveling, dressing and polishing; truss rod adjustment; bridge, saddle and nut set to proper height and radius to match fretboard; electronics assessed for repair; pickups raised or lowered accordingly. The action will be set to the lowest potential based on quality of neck and existing fretwork.

*note: instruments with more serious neck, fret or electronic issues may require additional work and time. A quote will be given within 24 hrs. of receiving or examining instrument, and work will be halted until new scope of work is prepared.

*note: locking tremolo, whether Floyd Rose or not, is an additional $90 set up due to the extra steps required for optimal performance. The bridge MUST be parallel to the body to provide the proper tension and playability.

Fret Repairs

Fret Level for ALL fretted stringed instruments: $150 with a 3 day turnaround time

All fret levelling includes: complete setup (see above for details); FULL fret levelling, crowning, polishing and rounding of ends; sanding AND polishing nut and saddle to match fret height and radius.

*note: stainless steel frets are an additional $40. They tougher on tools and require more time to polish properly.


Fret Replacement for ALL fretted stringed instruments: $300 with a 5 day turnaround time

All fret replacements include: removal & installation of prefered fret size and material; proper levelling & radiusing of entire fretboard; complete fret level (see above); complete set up (see above for details).

*note: See below for price adjustments. Combinations add up, i.e.: a bound, maple fingerboard with stainless frets is an additional $225.00.

Bound Fingerboard: add $50.00

Lacquered Fingerboard: add $75.00

Stainless steel frets: add $100.00


Bone Nut or Saddle replacement for ALL stringed instruments: $90 with a 2 day turnaround time

ALL replacements include: purchase of bone nut (bleached or unbleached); removal of nut; cleaning & levelling of nut slot; shaping, cutting and polishing new nut; installation and slotting of new nut to existing fret height. Set up not included.

* note: It is my personal opinion that bone is a superior material to anything on the market, as sound vibrations are picked up from bones in our eardrums. If you require a different material, see below about pricing. I strongly believe in the bone nut as the number one upgrade to any instrument, but anything is better than plastic!


OTHER Nut or Saddle replacement for ALL stringed instruments: $45 with a 2 day turnaround time

Includes the same steps as bone, except the material is different. Set up not included.

Plastic: $45

TUSQ Teflon: $60 (a great choice for tremolo players)

Brass or Stainless: $120 (requires filing metal parts)

Electrical Repairs

Before attending luthier school, I had the advantage of attending a vo-tech high school, where I graduated highest honors in the Electrical Occupations program. From residential wiring (service installations to dedicated pool circuits) to industrial motor control, I can rewire anything and back my wiring with a lifetime warranty. Any new installation includes cleaning of other components and resoldering all contacts as necessary. Direct replacements only cover the contacts removed.


Parts are not included; price is for labor, only. Customer provides pickups, strings, and electronics OR a deposit is taken for parts to be purchased.

https://www.stewmac.com/Pickups_and_Electronics/Components_and_Parts/ for a list of electronics from the most reputable luthier supplier on the market. You can visit https://www.lmii.com/40-pickups-electric for another suppliers selection.

Setup up and strings not included in pricing; rates for services are listed below.


Electric guitar or bass guitar:

Pickup replacement (active or passive): $40.00 for 1, $60.00 for 2 and $75.00 for 3 with a 3 day turnaround

Direct replacement with existing electronics. Please provide same size strings so your guitar plays the same as when you delivered it. Includes re-string without setup.

Parts needed: pickups; strings.


Humbucker Pickup routing and installation: $150 for 1, $250 for 2, $300 for 3 with a 3 day turnaround

This is usually swapping a single coil for a humbucker and may require a new pickguard (customer picks and pays for material cost; modifying of existing pickguard is included in price). This is also for a third pickup on a dual humbucker guitar. Includes rewiring pickups to pots and selector switch and checking output jack and bridge for proper grounding. Includes re-string without set up.

Parts needed: 500k pots (quantity depends on guitar; not all pickups have individual tone pots), capacitors (if needed replacement or wanted new), 5 way switch or rotary switch (if desired)

*note: add cost of active pickup installation if upgrading to active pickup(s)

*note: add $75 for rotary switch installation


Active pickup installation: $100 for 1 , $180 for 2 active pickups with 3 day turnaround

Includes removal of old electronics (pickups, pots, and input jack) and installation of new parts, wiring and pickups. Includes cost of electronics without pickups. Includes re-string without set up.

Parts needed: pickups; strings; 25k pots (quantity depends on guitar; not all pickups have individual tone pots); capacitors (if needed, are additional but included in labor).


Single part replacements: $25-$40 1 day turnaround

$25.00 jack replacement (mono or stereo)

$35.00 each pot replacement (volume or tone)

$40.00 pickup switch replacement


*note: add $5 labor per part for strat style pickguard

*note: add $10 labor per part for semi-hollow or full hollow guitars.

Acoustic or other non-electric stringed instrument:

$80.00 single or dual source with a 3 day turnaround

Includes reaming end pin to accommodate output jack, sanding saddle to compensate for pickup height, and mounting any internal controls and wiring. Includes re-string without set up.

Parts needed: pickup; strings; end pin jack.

Other Electric Work: $60.00 per hour plus parts.

This is for a severe diagnosis or complete custom wiring (push pull, DPDT, series parallel, etc.)

Hardware Replacement

Strap buttons replaced: $10* replacement with a immediate turnaround

All strap button replacements include: removal of old buttons; filling stripped holes; installation of new tuning machine; restring without setup.

*note: add $10 for strap locks.


Tuning machines replaced: $40* replacement with a 1 day turnaround

All tuning machine installs include: removal of old and installation of new tuning machine; restring without setup.

*note: add $25 and 1 day for holes filled and stained to color-match headstock. Additional finish work by quote.


Electric bridge replacement : $70* with a 1 day turn around

All electric bridge replacements include: removal of old bridge; installation of new bridge; restring without setup.

*note: add $40 for vintage style to 2-point conversion or vice versa. Holes filled and stained to color-match body. Additional finish work by quote.

*note: add $100 and 1 day for recessed floyd route with locking nut install. Additional finish work by quote.


Acoustic bridge replacement: $165* with 3 day turnaround

All acoustic bridge replacements include: removal of cracked or damaged bridge; installation of replacement bridge (basic martin-style bridge in rosewood or ebony); restring.

*note: custom fabrication of bridge by quote.

Structural Repairs

All repairs are subject to additional pricing and a quote will be given within 24hrs of receiving instrument before work order is processed.


Color match is an additional cost of $75 for each repair and could increase depending on severity of damage.


Headstock repair: $150* repair with a 5 day turnaround

All headstock repairs include: repairing break(s) in headstock and neck; filling in missing voids from break; touching up color and finishing the repair; sanding and buffing repair smoothly; restring without set up.

*note: customer will be informed of expected quality of touch up upon receiving the instrument for inspection.

*note: additional cost if fretboard is damaged.


Neck reset: $400* repair with a 10 day turnaround

All neck resets include: steaming and removing neck; cleaning of glue joint; repairing any breaks in heel on neck; resetting neck and angle; replacing saddle and nut, if needed; touching up color and finish; complete set up.

*note: customer will be informed of expected quality of touch up upon receiving the instrument for inspection.

*note: $250 for bolt on neck with or without glued fingerboard.


Bridge reset: $100* repair with a 5 day turnaround

All bridge resets include: steaming and removing bridge; cleaning of glue surfaces; repairing any breaks on body or bridge; resetting bridge for proper intonation; touching up color and finish on body; restring without set up.

*note: customer will be informed of expected quality of touch up upon receiving the instrument for inspection.


Other structural repairs: $15-200* repair with a 5 day turnaround

All other repairs include: crack repair using cleats; back, top or brace re-glue; football hole repair. Quote given within 24 hrs of receiving instrument.

*note: customer will be informed of expected quality of touch up upon receiving the instrument for inspection.

Finish Repairs

$75 for first hour with a $75 color match fee (includes cost of colour and finish) and $50 an hour after.

Finish work is a minimum 10 day turn around due to dry time.