A lot of guitarists just aren't sure how often to change their strings, oil their fretboard, adjust the intonation or generally get their guitar looked at. Here is some general advice:*
Change Strings: every 2 to 4 weeks
Oil Your Fretboard: 4 to 8 times a year
Get a Quick Setup: 2 to 4 times a year AND whenever you change your string gauge
Electronics Checked Out: When you notice a problem
Get a Full Setup: Once a year OR if the instrument is new (or new to you)
Change Drum Skins: When you notice 'pock marks'
Getting that 'dead' sound
Get your Drums Tuned: When they don't sound good
This depends on how regularly you are playing but generally if there is any discolouration on the treble (the thin ones) strings then you are in need of a re-string.
This can be anywhere from once a week for heavy players, to once a month for part timers.
If you wipe down your strings with a clean dry cloth and/or string cleaner every time you finish playing, you can significantly increase the life of your strings
The most common and noticeable adjustment is the action.
“Action” refers to how high your strings are off your fretboard and arguably has the most dramatic effect on the playability and feel of your guitar.
If your guitar is brand new, changed string gauge, second hand, or been sitting a while, then chances are you should have your action looked at.
A quick setup will fix your action and intonation as well as get you a quick clean and a re-string with the string gauge of your choice, all for $50.
Time, friction, dust and moisture are inescapable and all have an effect on how your instrument functions.
For electronics, they need to be cleaned, de-oxidised and replaced relatively regularly.
If you notice any crackling, cutting in an out, muddiness, or other issues in your electric guitar or bass, then you need to get it looked at. Chances are its a relatively easy fix and you can get playing again asap.
TIPS FOR STORING YOUR GUITAR
Use a snug fitting hard case
Store vertically in a room with a relatively constant environment
Keep out of direct sunlight
If storing long term its good idea to de-tune the strings half a step or so but leave the instrument strung under tension
NEVER EVER EVER LEAVE YOUR INSTRUMENT IN A HOT CAR FOR ANY AMOUNT OF TIME
*Use this advice as a guideline.
Keep in mind that depending on where your guitar is stored, how often you play, how well you clean it, what the humidity is like where you are...etc will effect each of the advised time frames
Most Common Work:
Professional Re-String inc. Strings
Quick Setup (Action, Intonation)
Full Setup (Fine Toothed Comb)
Full Drum Kit Tune
Drum Kit Re-Skin, Tune & Setup
Quick work (under and hour)
Noisy Switches, Pots and Jacks,
Quick Setup (Intonation, Action, Clean)
Nut Slot Lubrication
Larger jobs that take more time and specialist work or tools are charged at a set rate of $60 per hour.
I will give you an estimate beforehand and will contact you if anything unexpected needs to be done before going ahead...not like your mechanic.