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RDR
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Aug 19th, 2019 05:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

My parents bought me a small-bodied Yamaha FG-150 50 years ago. It cost new $30 with a case. It sounds sweet and is comfortable to play, but needs a neck reset. Action is too high and I've run out of saddle. Other than some scratches, it's in good shape.

What is a good price for a neck reset? Anyone here care to do it for me, or to recommend someone?

I know it may sound silly to spend $$ on such an inexpensive guitar, but I like it and it has sentimental value. I'm surprised to see that they sell for high prices used. It's one of those Red Label Nippon Gakki jobs.

(This message was last edited by RDR at 09:23 PM, Aug 19th, 2019)

reverend mikey
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Aug 19th, 2019 07:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

If all it needs is a neck reset, there are some luthiers/repair techs who will do it for around $350. Some will charge more than that. There are lots of folks who can do this work. It just depends where you live and also I'd get some references if you're not familiar with the luthier/tech's work.

If it needs new frets, that will raise the price more (however, be careful: if you only need to replace the first 3-5 or 7 frets, don't get talked into a full refret - obviously that will be a lot more expensive).

If it has that much sentimental value to you, no one can tell you it's not worth it to have it repaired so it's playable again! Best of luck.

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Aug 19th, 2019 07:20 PM   Edit   Profile  

I would have the work done, probably the oldest possession I still own is my Farmus, and I did every thing that needed to be done to it a few year back.

If I had to have only one acoustic it would be my Martin 00-15. that thing is sweet. The only instrument I ever came across that I couldn’t walk away from.

RDR
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I tried to think

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Aug 19th, 2019 07:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks. I may go ahead and get it done. I'll get a couple of quotes. Fret Not repair is close by, I'll ask her first.

A friend had her do some work and was happy

stratcowboy
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Aug 19th, 2019 09:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

Doesn't look like she's in business anymore...

Gaukdawg

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Say what one more time!
Aug 20th, 2019 07:37 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have a parlor sized Takamine that is very sweet and full sounding. But sometimes I like the deep bass response of a good Martin Dreadnought. I have a Xaviere that does fill that deeper bigger voice that my Takamine does not have. But if I have an acoustic gig the Takamine will always be the one I play.

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NJArmpit of Universe

A-Ahhl do the thinnin' around here!
Aug 20th, 2019 10:26 AM   Edit   Profile  

"My parents bought me a small-bodied Yamaha FG-150 50 years ago. I'm surprised to see that they sell for high prices used. It's one of those Red Label Nippon Gakki jobs."

I heard that Country Joe McDonald played a Yamaha FG-150 at Woodstock 50 years ago. So it's definitely a cool guitar, with some history attached to it. Maybe that's why resale prices on it are high.

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NJArmpit of Universe

A-Ahhl do the thinnin' around here!
Aug 20th, 2019 10:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm planning to sell my Martin CEO-7. OO-size body with Adirondack spruce top and braces, and mahogany b/s. Great guitar, but it deserves to be in the hands of someone who can really play. I had a stroke, and now I suck.

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