We believe that every musician should understand how their instrument works. A thorough knowledge of how to properly set up a guitar is something every guitarist should possess. There is no secret, no mystery, no magic, no mojo to this – all it takes to set up a guitar is skill, knowledge, the right tools, lots and lots of practice, and proper guidance. Understanding your instrument will give you a greater awareness of what your guitar is capable of, how to assess problems, help you make wiser guitar buying decisions, allow you to see through all the myths and hype, and not leave you hanging when your guitar goes down at a gig.

You can do this! We are happy to offer an opportunity for you to gain these skills in Strange Guitarworks’ Setup Workshop.

In just one Setup Workshop you will learn all the theory, eye training, and technique required to properly set up your own guitar. These classes are open to all skill levels – you don’t even need to know how to hold a screwdriver. If you just bought your first guitar, or you’ve been a professional player for decades, you can benefit immensely from taking a class. Not only will you learn a new skill, but you’ll have a ton of fun doing it!

You will learn:

  • How to assess and diagnose the playability of your guitar
  • The proper order of operations to set up a guitar
  • How to cut nut slots
  • How a truss rod works and how to adjust it properly
  • What a radius is and how it applies to your instrument
  • Intonation theory, and how to set the intonation on your instrument
  • What tools are used during a set up and how to use them
  • How to see through all the marketing hype and gimmicks from guitar manufacturers and retailers
  • How to understand accurate fretwork
  • And much, much more!

Each student will have their own fully equipped bench to work on. Workshops are limited to a maximum of 5 students, so each student will have plenty of hands-on experience, and as much individual attention as possible.

What to bring:

  • Your electric guitar or bass
  • Two or three extra sets of strings
  • Notepad and pencil for taking notes
  • A snack and a drink

Currently classes are limited to electric instruments only (guitar and bass). If there is enough demand, a special acoustic workshop may be offered.

Classes are held on the first Saturday of every month, from 12pm to 4pm. Registration of $200 is paid in advance. Workshops fill up fast, so call and register as soon as possible.

For more information and registration, call us at (504) 325-2186 or email us at

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