Pleking

This topic contains 13 replies, has 9 voices, and was last updated by  zorro 3 months ago.

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  • #387

    Realtorguy
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    I have a question. I bought a 1999 om, Santa Cruz of course. Action is high and I figure with its age a good plek set up is a good idea. I need the action lowered for my playing. I have contacted Santa Cruz and they are about double what anyone else wants for “apparently” the same service. I would much rather SC do it but what is yalls thoughts on this?

  • #388

    Chris aka digdog
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    Well worth it  .  You could take your Porsche to the local home town garage?  There’s no place like home for your sweet SCGC OM.

  • #417

    tadol
    Participant

    A full plek job is a pretty serious amount of work, and if your only concern is that the action is a little high, it may be much more than you need.  If you’re reasonably local, I’d run ot by the shop and get their opinion on what the best thing to do is.  If you’re not nearby, have you had a good tech or luthier take a look at it? I’ve had one guitar plek’d by SCGC, and it was an amazingly good setup – but I’ve also had Stephen Strahm and Bruce Sexauer each do very light, quick adjustments to a couple other guitars, and the playability improvement was incredible, and I don’t believe the full plek treatment would have made them noticably better. Now, if I needed some new frets, and had some fretboard issues,  maybe nut & saddle work, that’d be the perfect time to get everything dialed in, but otherwise –

    I mean, why rebuild the engine if you only need a new set of plugs?

  • #501

    indexless
    Keymaster

    I think the Plek machine is simply amazing, your guitar is in tune all the way up the neck

  • #537

    PWman
    Participant

    I was also told that the price was pretty high, but wanting to at least not regret not going to the best possible for something that means as much to me as my guitars, I sent it off to SCGC and when it came back, I was thrilled with the results. Maybe not necessary, but absolutely no regrets!  A lot of places can repair a Rolex, but I always recommend sending to a Rolex center, and since Sant Cruz guitars are the Rolex of guitars, I recommend sending your Santa Cruz guitar to  Santa Cruz for Pleking or anything else it may need.

  • #687

    hairpuller
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    I have an appt. on June 4 to get my 000 a good plekking! Really excited to see and hear the difference. I’m going to also have them give it a once-over just to get it playing exactly as they built it to. C’mon summer!

    scott

  • #689

    Old 97
    Participant

    Take Tad’s advice.

  • #690

    hairpuller
    Participant

    Makes sense. I’ll have their tech take a look and go with he/she recommends. Thanks!

  • #691

    zorro
    Participant

    Realtor guy and Hair puller
    Have Gerard look at you Guitars..he is a player, He’ll tell you straight. When He and Richard and Carolyn introduced me to my 34 Zorro Custom, Gerard said “Never sell this one, It’s a Keeper “.
    I love Carolyn but she can’t tell…She’s a BASS PLAYER !!!


    1993 Martin Custom HD-28 Eir/Sitka
    2001 SCGC Custom F Cutaway Maple/Sitka
    2005 SCGC Custom DA-1 braz/Sitka
    2008 SCGC Custom Otos Taylor H Madi/Italian
    2015 SCGC Custom OM “The Tree” Hog/European
    2016 SCGC Custom 1934 D-45 Braz/ Adi

    • This reply was modified 5 months, 4 weeks ago by  zorro.
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  • #693

    hairpuller
    Participant

    Gerard! Here I come. Thanks for the heads up!

    scott

  • #1014

    tomeh
    Participant

    I wish someone from SCG would chime in on this.

    What I have read about the machine would leave me to believe;

    1. Basic observations while the guitar is strung up and under tension will still allow good decisions on truss/relief adjustments, saddle height and fret wear/replacement?

    2. The plek allows for modelling/charting using repeatable  measurements while under tension.

    3. The plek generated profiles would allow decisions to be made based on comparisons to accepted “best of” set ups.

    If these statements are true then maybe a SCG rep could tell us how a “best of” setup  is reflected in changes to the sound of the same guitar?

    I’m just thinking here that a higher overall saddle position on my Tony Rice for my more aggressive flatpicking style created a change in the attack and decay on single notes??

    While a lower overall saddle created a softer attack and decay??

    This may have been my imagination since it was impossible to do a blind test with one guitar? This should be something SCG could educate us on so we can make better decisions on Plek setups.

    SCG’s?

    Thanks

     

    Tom eh

     

     

  • #1016

    indexless
    Keymaster

    Tom eh

    Here’s what the Plek can do

    https://www.santacruzguitar.com/plek-service/

  • #1017

    Chris aka digdog
    Participant

    That is a mighty fine presentation. Richard clarity of thought on the process is reflected very well here.  Now back to playing my D Law.  Extremely fine video work Indexless

  • #1020

    zorro
    Participant

    If ALL guitars from SCGC have been pleked for several years now before leaving the shop, I believe the issue as to the value of it being done are a given.


    1993 Martin Custom HD-28 Eir/Sitka
    2001 SCGC Custom F Cutaway Maple/Sitka
    2005 SCGC Custom DA-1 braz/Sitka
    2008 SCGC Custom Otos Taylor H Madi/Italian
    2015 SCGC Custom OM “The Tree” Hog/European
    2016 SCGC Custom 1934 D-45 Braz/ Adi

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