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Frets

We start with the frets on your instrument. All guitar necks move and change over time so we will make sure that your frets are nice and flat as we go up the neck. We don't want any high or low spots as this will mean your guitar will need a higher than optimum action and potentially suffer with fret buzz.

We check and properly profile the playing surface of the frets and then make sure the fret ends are finished off properly. The fret is then polished to ensure smooth string bending.

Truss Rod

Then it's on to the truss rod. This metal rod differs from guitar to guitar (some guitars such as classical guitars don't usually have a truss rod!) and basically controls the "relief" or curve of the neck. Not enough relief and your strings won't have enough clearance over the other frets when playing. Too much relief and you'll have a high action which gets worse as you go up the neck.

The heavier the strings then the more the truss rod needs to work. Proper adjustment in the workshop means that the action will be just right for the strings fitted to your guitar.

Top Nut

The top nut is super important and is one of the two open contact points of your guitar. The technician will check and cut each slot to make sure the strings both run freely but are not sitting in a slot that's too big.

The top nut also plays a big part in the action of your guitar so we'll hit that sweet spot between too low and too high.

Saddle(s)

Another really important part of your guitar!

On an acoustic, the saddle is cut to the correct height making sure the bottom is 100% flat and straight. This means the string can transfer its vibration properly into the body of your guitar.

For electric guitars, the saddles are adjusted to ensure your intonation is perfect. We will also match the saddles to the radius of your fretboard.

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The bridge affects the break angle and string height of your guitar and is also responsible for holding your saddles.

For a guitar with a Floyd Rose tremolo system or similar, the spring tension has to be just right to allow the tremolo to return to its "zero point" and keep everything in tune.

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Intonation

Intonation is the measure of how in-tune the guitar string is across the length of the fretboard and a guitar with badly set intonation will get more and more out of tune as the string is shortened when you play.

Tiny adjustments are made to each string where applicable to adjust its length and ensure that the intonation is set just right.

Overall Action

Once all the above has been completed, the guitar is checked for playability and fine adjustments are made. This step brings everything together and means your guitar will be set up optimally.

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Every machine head is operated and checked for function. We need to ensure that the machine heads operate smoothly.

Electrics

All the functions of your guitar are checked to ensure everything is working as intended.

For acoustic guitars we will check the functions of the EQ system and controls as weel as check the internal cabling and jack socket.

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Kramer SM1 Electric Guitar

SKU: KSM1OCBF1-20122904380
£813.00
£899.00
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The Kramer SM1 is a modern take on Kramer's classic double cutaway 'Superstrat' design. Featuring a flexible pickup configuration, neck-through construction and a rock solid Floyd Rose trem system, the SM1 is one of the most versatile guitars Kramer have ever produced.

Featuring a mahogany body and neck, the SM1 has a tone unlike many of its peers - rich in sustain and low-end power, it offers a warmth  and resonance rarely found in other 'S' type guitars.

The SM1 features neck-though construction instead of the more traditional bolt-on design. This gives the guitar not only huge amounts of sustain, but also great access to the top end of the neck via a smooth, sculpted heel. The neck itself, also mahogany, features a Slim Taper profile and has a smooth finish giving an extremely comfy feel. The neck is capped with an Ebony fretboard featuring a flat 14" radius - perfect for fast runs and choke-free string bending. The fretboard is fitted with 24 medium jumbo frets and inlaid with Kramer Mini Headstock position markers and a Kramer logo at the 12th fret.

Powering the SM1 are a trio of Seymour Duncan pickups - a pair of  Cool Rails in the neck and middle positions and a mighty Seymour Duncan JB in the Bridge position. Together, these pickups give the SM1 access to just about any guitar tone you need - from choppy neck/ mid rhythm tones to full on, aggressive shredding, the SM1 does it all. 

The pickups are controlled via a master volume and master tone control, a 5 way selector switch and a mini switch that splits the bridge humbucker down to a single coil. 

Hardware comprises a double locking trem system. In the case of the SM1, this comes courtesy of a Floyd Rose 1000 series tremolo and locking nut. A set of Kramer Black Chrome machine heads add to the classic look whilst anchoring the strings to the headstock. 

All the hardware features a black Chrome finish. 

Perfect for all styles of rock and metal playing, the Kramer SM1 takes Kramer's 80s roots and brings them bang up to date with the SM1. 

  • Mahongany body
  • Mahogany neck with Slim Taper profile
  • Neck-through construction
  • Ebony fretboard with 14" radius
  • 24 medium jumbo frets
  • Seymour Duncan Cool rails neck and middle pickups
  • Seymour Duncan JB BRidge pickup
  • Master vol with treble bleed mod, Master tone, 5 way switch, mini toggle switch (coil taps bridge pickup)
  • Floyd Rose 1000 series Tremolo
  • Floyd Rose 1000 series locking nut
  • Black chrome hardware




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