Manchester Guitar & Bass Building Academy

Fret Stone, Service and Set up, Day Course 

The Fret Stone and Set-up Course will teach you the skills that you will need to be able to complete your own Fret Stone, Service and Set up of your own instrument . We will be using basic tools, that you should be able to source locally and look in to specialist tools that may be beneficial to use.

Every one and every instrument is different, you may prefer to work a certain way or it may be necessary to use certain techniques on certain types of instruments. Some people may get on better with different techniques than others, so this class is not about a set way to do things but allows you to look at a number of different techniques and lets you try them all to see what suites you and your instrument.

I will mainly be using a very basic method of working, one that I have used for such a long time it is the one I prefer. This will only require very basic tooling and you will only need a small amount of storage of materials. I believe this is an ideal way of starting this sort of work for yourself at home only using a free table and rudimentary tools.  

Some specialist tools are very useful, I will tell you about those that are indispensable and those that you can get by with out. We will look at all the different tools available that you can use to complete the process and weigh up the pro's and con's of each of them.

You will learn all the skills necessary to be able to complete the work under experienced tuition to minimize the risks of making any mistake.

The course will give you the skills to be able to assess the frets and improve their condition. This course will focus upon improving the play ability of your instrument, you will look at the action and intonation, servicing the parts and setting up of your own instrument. I will take you through what we believe to be the best possible procedure to complete the work to the highest standard. We feel this is the most vital course we will be offering as it will get your instrument playing at its best.  

This will be a class based course where up to 4 individuals will be taken through the procedure of completing a fret stone, service and set up. 

Course requirements and restrictions

You will need your own instrument to work upon, preferably the frets will not be too badly pitted in the playing area, as instruments that are close to requiring a re-fret will be too much work for you to undertake, if you are unsure about the stability of your instrument for this course it can either be brought down before hand for appraisal or you may wish to bring an additional instrument with you just in case. 

If you wish to set up an electric instrument with a floyd rose tremolo's or anything complicated please get in touch and we will advise you when we will be able to accommodate you and your instrument.  

There is an introductory offer for the fret stone and set up course offing the course at an reduced rate for spaces on the first three courses £80 strings, there are a limited number of ten places available for this introductary offer. 

Group Fret Stone and Set Up Courses held on Saturdays

Learn the skills required to level and re-crown the frets of your own instrument plus service and set it up so that it plays at its very best.  

To set up a date convenient to your self please email us 

Cost is  £80. A deposit of £40  with the balance of  due once the dates are confirmed with yourself.

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Individual Fret Stone and Set up Courses.

Learn the skills required to level and re-crown the frets of your own instrument and service and set it up so that it plays at its very best.  

Cost is £120. A deposit is £40 with the balance of  due once the dates are confirmed with yourself.

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Below are some photographs from the first fret stone course held at my new workshop, we have made significant improvements to our new Manchester workshop since these photos were taken, to come in and experience the new work shop please feel free to book a place with us online. 

Kevin Pugh who attended one of the first fret stone and set up course said

"I thoroughly enjoyed your course mate, I found it very informative and a lot of fun!
Since I completed your course I have done fret jobs and set ups on, my main bass, an acoustic six string and an electric six string. It gives me enormous satisfaction to play these instruments knowing I improved these guitars myself, thanks to the knowledge I gained from you and your course. I would highly recommend these courses to anyone who loves musical instruments, the satisfaction you get from knowing you did it with your own hands is enormous and cheaper and something else I discovered which is an added bonus...I find it very therapeutic!"

"Brilliant. Completely brilliant. This is my experience of James' fret stone and refretting course which he guided me through over two days, and I have to say I couldn't have asked for a better experience. James is a wonderful teacher whose relaxed, informative and consummate approach makes learning guitar maintenance a real pleasure. The pace is set just right, and his vast experience and appreciation of many different repair methods to achieve the same ends enables you to leave feeling empowered, enriched and most importantly, ready to start applying the skills he has imparted to you.

I can highly recommend him as a tutor and guitar repairer (he kindly sorted several of mine at the same time I worked on refretting a neck he'd set me loose on) and I can particularly recommend his fret stone and refretting courses which have helped to set me up as a guitar repairer in my own right. Whether you're a guitar enthusiast, professional musician or budding luthier, I can honestly say you won't go wrong with James. This is genuinely one of the best things I've ever done, and I'm so glad I did it."

Thanks again for everything, James. I really appreciate the time you gave me and it was really nice hanging out. I'll be sure to keep in touch - let me know if you need anything else from me.

Best wishes,

Gary Mullins

Twitter: @garywmullins