10 year check up?

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Paresh
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10 year check up?

Post: # 4442Post Paresh
Sun Jul 18, 2021 6:25 pm

Hi guys - I've had my Collings for 10 years & never thought it needed anything. Now I'm thinking it could benefit from a little work, mainly it seems harder to stay in tune, unless it's my ears..any suggestions? thanks.

Slowlearner
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Re: 10 year check up?

Post: # 4443Post Slowlearner
Sun Jul 18, 2021 9:02 pm

I had my Collings looked at after about 10 years. The frets were worn and it had a run on a plek machine. Results were fantastic: playability and tone both improved. I would definitely have a check up. Any decent repair person will be able to advise- might well be an easy fix. As mine told me- Collings are very well built.

Paresh
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Re: 10 year check up?

Post: # 4444Post Paresh
Sun Jul 18, 2021 9:09 pm

Thank you! I never thought about a plek, I was thinking that was only for electric guitars.

Red Oak
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Re: 10 year check up?

Post: # 4445Post Red Oak
Sun Jul 18, 2021 11:33 pm

Slowlearner wrote: Sun Jul 18, 2021 9:02 pm I had my Collings looked at after about 10 years. The frets were worn and it had a run on a plek machine. Results were fantastic: playability and tone both improved. I would definitely have a check up. Any decent repair person will be able to advise- might well be an easy fix. As mine told me- Collings are very well built.
Great advice! Given the amount of joy one receives from owning and playing a great guitar, a little TLC can only help!!

Best of luck!!!

Hokiebob
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Re: 10 year check up?

Post: # 4447Post Hokiebob
Mon Jul 19, 2021 12:06 am

I can highly recommend getting your baby to your best local guy to get the set up checked and a good thorough cleaning. Collings uses a fairly soft metal for the frets so having them checked is also a great idea. Mine needed to have the Cowboy Frets dressed. While there they should also attend to the fingerboard cleaning and oiling it as needed.

I took all three of my guitars into the shop (one at a time) last summer and it's like having three new guitars.

If you don't already have a guitar tech on speed dial, post your location and most likely someone here can recommend someone in your area.
Bob

Paresh
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Re: 10 year check up?

Post: # 4448Post Paresh
Mon Jul 19, 2021 10:46 am

Thanks for everyone's help. Re guitar techs, I'm in Olympia, Wa.

Greg Y
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Post: # 4451Post Greg Y
Mon Jul 19, 2021 3:36 pm

I'd call Gary Wagner in Renton. He does really fine set-up work. I'm not sure if he's taking new work at this time, but he and Mark Tossman are really the go-to guys in the Seattle area.

Paresh
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Post: # 4452Post Paresh
Mon Jul 19, 2021 3:58 pm

OK thanks.

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Re: 10 year check up?

Post: # 4454Post remco
Mon Jul 19, 2021 9:28 pm

I have a D2h (1999) and a D1 (2002). I made a pleck to both 4 years ago already but am not convinced of the process on the frets.
For me that belittles the action and makes you lose the attack.
Next time I plan a complete refrettage of the handle.

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