Things to consider when bringing in an instrument for repair:

  • you may be subject to a cleaning fee of $10-20 if not cleaned thoroughly before bringing in
  • you may experience higher wait times for repair to be completed, so please be patient
  • NO APPOINTMENTS; First come, first served basis, as always

Lightning Joe’s currently offers many musical instrument services including restrings, strap button installations, and guitar repair.


  • Ukulele: $10
  • Banjo: $10
  • Dulcimer: $10
  • Mandolin: $20
  • Bass guitar: $10
  • Electric guitar: $10
  • Acoustic guitar: $10
  • Classical guitar: $15
  • 12-String guitar: $20
  • Rickenbacker 6-string: $15
  • Rickenbacker 12-string: $25
  • Electric guitar w/ locking tremolo system: $20
  • Autoharp: $100 plus optional tuning for $50



All restrings are accompanied by the cost of the set of strings you pick out. We offer string sets starting at $5 and ranging up to about $60, depending on your instrument. You may also bring your own set if you already have one.  Please note: we do not currently offer violin restrings. Please refer to the bottom of this page for our preferred violin repairists. 

Strap button installations:

  • Single strap button installation: $10
  • Dual (two) strap button installations: $15

All strap button installations are accompanied by the cost of the parts you choose for install. Typically, a strap button and a felt washer is needed for an install. We have these in various finishes and styles to match your instrument. Our strap buttons range from $2-5 each and our felt washers are $.50 each.

Instrument repair:

Setups are a crucial part of your guitar’s longevity. Your guitar will feel and play better than ever when it’s setup at Lightning Joe’s. Please note: All quotes are given on a case by case basis following a careful, no-cost evaluation. Here’s a list of some general charges:


  • Ukulele: $35
  • Mandolin: $50
  • Banjo: $75-$100
  • Resonator guitar: $50-$100
  • Electric guitar or bass: $75
  • Acoustic guitar or bass: $50
  • Electric guitar or bass (w/tremolo system): $100

Other repairs:

  • Neck adjustments: $20-30
  • Smooth rough fret ends: $10-$20
  • Replace pick guard: $50-$100
  • Rebuild original nut: $10-25
  • Neck reset (glued in): $350-$750
  • Convert electric to lefty: $75-100
  • Shape & install bone nut blanks: $50
  • Refret (bound fingerboard): $200-$350
  • Refret (unbound fingerboard): $150-$250
  • Pickup system installation (acoustic): $50-75
  • Pickup installation (electric): $25-$50 per pickup
  • Input jack repair/replacement: $25+
  • Potentiometer replacement: $25 per potentiometer
  • Electronic troubleshooting: $25-$50
  • Electronic switch replacement: $25+
  • Replace tuners (direct replacement) with strings: $50
  • Replace tuners (drill holes for posts and/or screws): $75
  • Replace tuners (drill holes for posts and/or screws) w/ touchup: $100
  • Complete conversion-acoustic steel string to lefty: $100-$200
  • Intonation: $20-$50 (often needs neck adjustment for additional $20)
  • Shape & install compensated bone saddle: $50 (for drop in) $75 (long saddle)
  • Instrument cleaning: $10-20 (depending on condition of instrument)

Please note: we do not offer amp repair. Please refer to the bottom of this page for our preferred amp repairmen.

With well over 150,000 set ups behind him, Lightning Joe has been dubbed “The Man” by his peers… “I wish I knew this stuff when I was out gigging and touring”… His influences can be seen and felt in the improved feel and setups of many manufacturers who have been inspired by his work, recognizing him as a master guitar technician (not to be confused with luthier) and employing some or all of his more progressive techniques and specs. 

All prices subject to change without notice. These prices represent our current general pricing guidelines and may or may not apply to your specific instrument’s repair. 

*Assessment and evaluation is always free*

In-house repairs: Lightning Joe

Off-site repairs: Jim Witt *instruments will be dropped off at the shop

Small repairs, restrings, strap button install & cleanings: Joseph, Joey & Ashley

Our local repairmen recommendations:

Amplifier repair: 

  • Dr. Dan – Audio Doctor: (805) 471-3582
  • Dan Chiwee: (805) 489-5140

Violin Repair:

  • Wade Alexander: (805) 888-7232
  • Kurt Morrow: (913) 754-6620

Other guitar repair options:

  • Jim Witt: (805) 440-2986

Please note: we do not take appointments. Repairs are on a first-come, first-served basis. You’re welcome to call the shop to ask if the repair you’re needing is something we do, but understand that we cannot evaluate and/or give quotes over the phone – it is best to bring your instrument into the shop so we can take a look at it. Some repairs can be done on the spot, but understand that most will need to be left with Lightning Joe.