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...does anyone know if any retailers or manufacturers in toronto have purchased, or are thinking of purchasing, a plek machine?

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I've watched 3 full Plek demos so far, pretty amazing stuff and with Gibson, Heritage and Suhr having machines as well, this is becoming the new standard.

I know the following:

1) It would take at least 9 months to get a machine
2) It costs about as much as a small home or a really fancy BMW
3) They'd really like a machine in Canada and several parties have shown interest but no deposits
4) The Plek machine will recall a guitar's setup so subsequent set-ups are easier
5) The street price in the USA of a plek fret dress has come down slightly
6) I've played cheap imports with a Plek job and they are most impressive but the Plek job cost more than the guitar itself

So how many guys would pay +-$200 for a Plek'd guitar in Canada?

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sysexguy said:
So how many guys would pay +-$200 for a Plek'd guitar in Canada? Andy
...count me in, and here's why:

i have a g&l legacy that is my number one. BUT, in the brief period i have owned this guitar, i have been through the mill regarding tuning issues. it would be convenient to think that this particular instrument is a lemon, except that it is a replacement for the original one purchased in 2005, which ended up getting destroyed by ups, and which had even worse tuning issues.

i have invested a fair amount of money installing kinman pickups in the guitar, then re-installed the original single coils when i added a suhr backplate system.

but the tuning issues remain, and i have not yet found a tech who can resolve them for me.

to sell the guitar at this point would mean a considerable loss. thus, if throwing down another $200 meant resolving the tuning issues, i would end up ahead of the game.

similarly, if $200 represents the difference between a semi-dud and a reliable stage/studio "player", i would happily set up an appointment.

as another example, i have an aerodyne tele that is "this close" to being a player. it cost me five bills, but another two bills invested in a plek set up would easily make it worth a grand, to me.

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whats a plek job?
 

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david henman said:
...count me in, and here's why:

i have a g&l legacy that is my number one. BUT, in the brief period i have owned this guitar, i have been through the mill regarding tuning issues. it would be convenient to think that this particular instrument is a lemon, except that it is a replacement for the original one purchased in 2005, which ended up getting destroyed by ups, and which had even worse tuning issues.

i have invested a fair amount of money installing kinman pickups in the guitar, then re-installed the original single coils when i added a suhr backplate system.

but the tuning issues remain, and i have not yet found a tech who can resolve them for me.

to sell the guitar at this point would mean a considerable loss. thus, if throwing down another $200 meant resolving the tuning issues, i would end up ahead of the game.

similarly, if $200 represents the difference between a semi-dud and a reliable stage/studio "player", i would happily set up an appointment.

as another example, i have an aerodyne tele that is "this close" to being a player. it cost me five bills, but another two bills invested in a plek set up would easily make it worth a grand, to me.

-dh
what kind of tuning issues are you having? floating bridge?....if it aint the nut and the bridge is not floating it's the tuning machines or the neck joint.
I'd gladly take a look at it for you next time your in town, pm if interested...I have been able to tame a few strats so far with tuning issues(for free :wave: ).
 

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sysexguy said:
I've watched 3 full Plek demos so far, pretty amazing stuff and with Gibson, Heritage and Suhr having machines as well, this is becoming the new standard.

I know the following:

1) It would take at least 9 months to get a machine
2) It costs about as much as a small home or a really fancy BMW
3) They'd really like a machine in Canada and several parties have shown interest but no deposits
4) The Plek machine will recall a guitar's setup so subsequent set-ups are easier
5) The street price in the USA of a plek fret dress has come down slightly
6) I've played cheap imports with a Plek job and they are most impressive but the Plek job cost more than the guitar itself

So how many guys would pay +-$200 for a Plek'd guitar in Canada?

Andy
I'd have at least 2 guitars done.
 

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SCREEM said:
what kind of tuning issues are you having? floating bridge?....if it aint the nut and the bridge is not floating it's the tuning machines or the neck joint.
I'd gladly take a look at it for you next time your in town, pm if interested...I have been able to tame a few strats so far with tuning issues(for free :wave: ).
...if only i knew where the problem originates. it is a floating set up, which i haven't touched since it arrived from the factory a couple of months ago. the guitar has sperzel graduated locking tuners, a graph tech nut and no string tree. its quite a mystery.

i have an '87 strat plus with a floating trem that holds its tuning beautifully.

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...if only i knew where the problem originates. it is a floating set up, which i haven't touched since it arrived from the factory a couple of months ago. the guitar has sperzel graduated locking tuners, a graph tech nut and no string tree. its quite a mystery.

i have an '87 strat plus with a floating trem that holds its tuning beautifully.

-dh
I suspect the neck joint, it may have one of those microtilt neck adjusters like on my strat, if it does untighten the screw and realy tighten the neck screws after, you may hear some deadly cracking sounds :tongue: but thats just a tight neck pocket or you didn't back of the microtilt completely.

Now that the neck joint is real tight you should not have any tuning issues....but now the action is way high at the 17th fret up :tongue: time to take the neck off and put a ol' school shim....if it ain't that it's mabe the saddles moving, clamping them together with a string will solve that issue(very hard to do)

I have invested many hours into my strat, it is as stable as they come now, I tune my guitar before i go to a jam and take it out of the case and start playing for the rest of the night without even checking if it's tuned. It worthe the effort of doing your ouw setups with the help of the internet, all the tricks are there for free in full detail. the only downside is that you end up feeling like a guitar tech rather than player :D
 

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sysexguy said:
I've watched 3 full Plek demos so far, pretty amazing stuff and with Gibson, Heritage and Suhr having machines as well, this is becoming the new standard.

I know the following:

1) It would take at least 9 months to get a machine
2) It costs about as much as a small home or a really fancy BMW
3) They'd really like a machine in Canada and several parties have shown interest but no deposits
4) The Plek machine will recall a guitar's setup so subsequent set-ups are easier
5) The street price in the USA of a plek fret dress has come down slightly
6) I've played cheap imports with a Plek job and they are most impressive but the Plek job cost more than the guitar itself

So how many guys would pay +-$200 for a Plek'd guitar in Canada?

Andy
I visited Gary Brawer's shop last March and got the "grand tour" of their PLEK machine, how they operate it and the financial considerations involved with the PLEK. As much as I would have liked to have owned the first PLEK machine Canada, it just didn’t make sense.

For a repair/set-up shop, you'd have to enough business to have the machine running essentially 24hrs/day to make it "earn its keep" at the going rate of about $200/set-up. Right now, I don’t think that there are enough people in Canada looking for a PLEK job.

For builders, you'd have to be cranking out some serious volume in order to spread the increased cost/unit out. For small builders, if they can't incorporate a PLEK to the manufacturing process without increasing the cost of their instruments more than ~$200, it's simply not worth it.

The way that I look at the PLEK is that it is just another tool like a CNC machine – actually, the PLEK is a CNC machine! For what it’s worth, I’d rather add a CNC machine for routing and cutting frets than a PLEK for set-ups, since there is more to gain as far as building goes. Ultimately I’d like to have all of my guitars PLEK’d, but until one lands in Canada, I’ll leave it up to others to do the PLEK’ing.
 

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BrownID said:
I visited Gary Brawer's shop last March and got the "grand tour" of their PLEK machine, how they operate it and the financial considerations involved with the PLEK. As much as I would have liked to have owned the first PLEK machine Canada, it just didn’t make sense.
For a repair/set-up shop, you'd have to enough business to have the machine running essentially 24hrs/day to make it "earn its keep" at the going rate of about $200/set-up. Right now, I don’t think that there are enough people in Canada looking for a PLEK job.
For builders, you'd have to be cranking out some serious volume in order to spread the increased cost/unit out. For small builders, if they can't incorporate a PLEK to the manufacturing process without increasing the cost of their instruments more than ~$200, it's simply not worth it.[/COLOR]
...the obvious canadian candidate for this would be.......robert godin???

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Krike! Austraila has a Plek in Sydney wonder what the business plan was as they only have 20M people in the country.

BTW I am good for 2 guitars now and 1 later.
 

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Krike! Austraila has a Plek in Sydney wonder what the business plan was as they only have 20M people in the country.
Because they're not right next to a country that has one? :tongue:
 
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