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Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by problem-child, Sep 10, 2019.

  1. problem-child

    problem-child Senior Stratmaster

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    I was at GC standing in line and a guy buys one set of classical strings, hands over a classical guitar and says, " I'll be back in two days to pick it up, please restring it." $48 bucks. Damn, I'm in the wrong business.
     
  2. anticarnist

    anticarnist Strat-Talk Member

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    Gotta pay for those prime retail locations any way they can!
     
  3. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I charge more than that. The minimum is an hours labour...
     
  4. Triple Jim

    Triple Jim Senior Stratmaster

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    The shame is that someone is willing to pay for a string change to avoid doing it himself.
     
  5. Soul31

    Soul31 Strat-Talker

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    Well if you think about it, the stings probably cost $20 because if you are going to pay some DB to restring your guitar you are probably going to buy expensive strings too. So the guy is paying $28 for the labor, and if you figure it's maybe 30 minutes of work he's only paying around $50 an hour for a Guitar Tech to work on his guitar. In that light its not a bad deal, but it's still utterly ridiculous haha, he should pay them to play it for him too.
     
  6. Lone Woof

    Lone Woof Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah, but he got a PROFESSIONAL installation.
     
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  7. problem-child

    problem-child Senior Stratmaster

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    I would prefer to teach someone how to do it. Rather than charge them to do it. But that is not the business I'm in either.
     
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  8. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Well then...
    I've become most that lazy..
    when those BETA strings came unpackaged...
    Once I decided on which guitar for them...
    I
    Nearly
    took them to
    Sound check Music...
    Down the road, about 6-7 miles...
    Didn't
    Bottom line...
    Shoulda got 10s
     
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  9. Wrighty

    Wrighty Senior Stratmaster

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    But you’re a Yorkshireman, and $48 at the moment is probably about 300 quid!
     
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    Chont Most Honored Senior Member

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    Probably doesn’t know how to tie the bridge end of a classical. Just trying to think of a logical explanation. That’s still no excuse
     
  11. 33db

    33db Strat-O-Master

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    It's Guitar Center so.... nope.
     
  12. 3bolt79

    3bolt79 Senior Stratmaster

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    I charge the price of the strings and $15 dollars to change them. I am the cheapest guy in town for classical guitar strings and installation. I also get my strings at a discount. I have all sorts of CG strings. Way more choices than any of the stores in town. You have to tie the string tails into the loops, so that if a string ever breaks, it won’t hit the top and cause a ding. None of the guys tie the G string the way I do, and if the G ever goes, they will wind up with a mark. The other guys, my buddies shop included, can’t afford to spend 30 minutes or more, changing strings, let alone cleaning the fret board with it.
     
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    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

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    They only use the best strings for similar requests at that store! :eek:
     
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    stratnutz Senior Stratmaster

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    String changing is a skill, can be perfect or less than perfect.
    I can see that being worth it.
     
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    clydethecat Strat-Talker

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    They had to hire in a consultant who knows how to tie the ends.
     
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  16. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    I may start a new business in my neighbourhood. Deluxe string change.

    When I change strings for anyone (and sometimes for myself too), I do a fretboard clean, oil if necessary, lube the nut slots and if I’m at my place, I’ll polish the frets with my Dremel polishing pads kit. That’s electric, mind you.
     
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    stratnutz Senior Stratmaster

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    How much
     
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  18. Andrew Wasson

    Andrew Wasson Senior Stratmaster

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    I don’t know. I’ve always done my friend’s guitars for free.
     
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  19. Thrup'ny Bit

    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon Strat-Talk Supporter

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    A Yorkshireman that has more of a grip on the relative values of currencies than you do obviously...
     
  20. eclecticsynergy

    eclecticsynergy Senior Stratmaster

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    The real irony is that the tech who does the work probably only earns ten bucks an hour.
     
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