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70 Point Guitar Inspection & Setup Checklist
 
70 Point Guitar Inspection & Setup Checklist

Fit & Finish (If applicable):
  • Body front
  • Body back
  • Body sides
  • Headstock
  • Tuner buttons
  • Nut
  • Neck front
  • Neck back
  • Frets
  • Side dots
  • Inlays
  • Cutaways
  • Neck joint
  • Pickguard
  • Cover Plates
Hardware (If applicable):
  • Check bridge for proper operation
  • Check tuning machines for proper operation
  • Check pickup height
  • Check output jack for proper operation
  • Check strap buttons
  • Check that all screws and hardware and mounted and tightened properly
  • Perform shake, rattle and vibration test
Playability:
  • Stretch strings numerous times until stable tuning is achieved
  • Tune guitar
  • Play open strings and check for buzz
  • Check string action height and set to manufacturer’s specs
  • Check intonation with strobe tuner and adjust as needed
  • Play all notes on the fretboard and check for buzz
  • Play 1/2-step bends
  • Play whole-step and extreme bends
  • Play variety of chords and styles
  • Retune guitar
Electronics (If applicable):
  • Test volume and tone pots
  • Test output jack
  • Test pickup selector switch
  • Test any specialized switching
  • Test pickup functions
  • Test piezo functions
  • Test MIDI functions
  • Test push/pull pots
  • Test onboard tuner
  • Test onboard preamp and effects
Final Prep:
  • Polish headstock, recheck
  • Polish neck, back and sides of body, recheck
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