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Bass guitar repairs | Bass setups

I provide bass guitar repair & set up services for bass players in North Yorkshire. Although many of my customers find me through this site, a lot of my work comes from repeat business & word of mouth recommendations, my bass set ups are second to none & I can tame even the most hideously set up basses (There are a fair few of those about).

Whether its your trusty old bass guitar you have been playing for years, or a brand new bass, straight from the music shop, most bass guitars can benefit from a precise set up.


Bass Guitar set up procedure

  1. Shim & adjust neck angle (bolt on neck basses only).
  2. Adjust the neck relief  using the truss rod for consistent playability & action across the entire neck.
  3. Adjust the individual string heights on the bridge saddles for optimum balance between playability & quality of tone.
  4. Set height and balance of the bass pickup for balanced volume across all strings, set individual pole pieces height if applicable..
  5. Remove strings, clean & oil fingerboard (rosewood boards only)
  6. Refit new bass strings.
  7. Adjust intonation on the bridge for optimum tempered tuning across the neck.
  8. Check wiring, earths, and clean pots and jack sockets.


Bass Guitar upgrades

  • New Pickups installed
  • Active circuits fitted
  • Upgrade bridges & machine heads
  • Rewires, alternate wirings, new pots & jack sockets fitted
  • Bone nut fitted for better action & cleaner more sustained tone


I studied for two years at Leeds College of Music as an electric guitar maker and repairer. I was privileged to be taught by Gordon Whitham, founding partner in the respected UK guitar company Gordon Smith Guitars.

Over the two year course I built two solid body guitars (one electric bass & one six string electric guitar). I also undertook countless guitar repairs from a basic guitar set up, to more complex repairs such as re frets, fitting new fingerboards and even repair of a snapped neck on a vintage Gibson Les Paul custom.

Whilst I no longer have access to a full workshop and tools, I still take on minor guitar repairs and set ups. I’m also an electronics nerd so if its a wiring problem or a dead active circuit I can usually quickly diagnose and repair.

I tend to specialise on setting up bass guitars, but I am equally happy setting up 6 string electrics too.



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