Kelly Custom Instruments 

Guitar Repair and Fine Craftmanship

Sample Repair
​Before/After Photos

 Ian's Repair Prices

 Acoustic / Electric Guitar Set Up ($125 and up) ($160 Floyd Rose*)

+$25 same day turn around request

Comparable to an oil change and 15 point inspection. Feels better afterwards but you might be told you’re headed for a brake job. 


 Every set up includes:
  1. A once over of the instrument. If it is warping, cracking, or going bad, I’ll tell you.

  2. Setting the truss rod tension for the desired set of strings. (It is best to choose a set and stick with them. Changing types of strings drastically by gauge will erase my fine calibrations.

  3. Clean the guitar. (Ya, I know Frank Zappa said you shouldn’t clean your guitar but chances are he had a lot more guitars to divide his finger crud on to and didn’t notice how dirty they get when you have 3 and play 2 hours a night.)

  4. Clean the electronics. I open the electronics cavity and clean all connection points and potentiometers (knobs). Potentiometers that crackle can sometimes be cleaned. No guarantees as to whether it will work on your guitar. Nothing I can do about dog hair. If the potentiometer cannot be cleaned and is corroded inside, I can replace it with an identical unit in some cases and in all others I use the same value. Ibanez used funny potentiometers in the 60s and 70s.

  5. Oil the fingerboard. I oil my guitars, my client’s guitars, my friend’s guitars, and Roger Waters’ guitars with Tung oil, NOT linseed, or household furniture oil. Tung oil is meant for wood that is in contact with human hands. The rest is meant for chair legs and tabletop cleanups. 

  6. Does not include price of strings

 * Note: floyd rose style bridge set ups are priced after inspection of work needed.

 Bridge re-glue ($300 and up)

  1. Remove, refit, and reglue bridge.


 Fret (Replacement) Job ($500 and up)

  1.  Complete removal of old frets

  2.  Level fingerboard

  3.  Installation of new frets


 Neck Reset  ($550 and up) (Note: estimates vary due to type of instrument and severity of neck angle failure.)

  1.  Removal and repositioning of neck on guitar to correct neck angle and restore playability.


 Crack Repair -  Pricing is done by size and location on instrument​

  1. Not all cracks are the same but all can be fixed.


 Cracked Peghead 

  1. I am always successful! $250 and up depending on damage. 


Electrical Modifications and repair $100/hour


All other requests for work will be billed at $100/hour.