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    I understand why more shops don

  • #2
    1) Plek is no guarantee of perfection, it takes time to set up each one correctly. Gibson is an example of inconsistent work on their Plekked guitars.

    2) They have to pay a license/patent fee everytime the machine is run. That's one of the reasons Plek jobs run so much.

    So, it's best used in a shop by a trained luthier who can get the most out of it.

    BTW, many mass production companies, including Gibson, skip final dress, crown and polishing anyway.


    • #3
      I would have to think cost is the reason. Eventually, it will be advantageous to PLEK everything, but that time hasn't arrived.
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      • #4
        It's cheaper to pay a Chinese man for his time, I guess.
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        • #5
          my corian nut was plekk'd wrong. (too low on the high E slot)

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          • #6
            I used to work in this place where I did this horrible job. Customers asked why we didn't have a machine to do it. The only answer was ...

            "I am cheaper than the machine"


            • #7
              Inattentiveness with a Plek machine will yield poor results. As was mentioned already, Gibson manages to mess up a Plek job here and there. Plus, have you ever gone into a store and picked up a(ny) guitar? Manufacturers don't set anything up right now anyway. Ergo, a Plek is a pointless expense as the guys at the factory would probably just keep their lunches in it or something.


              • #8
                Only processes that are a unique necessity ever get taken up as being de rigeur.

                PLEK goes in the same bin as Buzz Feiten, Circle Fretting etc.

                Old timers call it reinventin the wheel.

                If you prep the fretboard before fretting, and fret well, all is good in the world, even better if ya fretted with stainless steel

                Quick fret level and time for some bedroom action, not PLEK

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                • #9
                  I own 6 guitars. 5 of them are PLEK'ed.

                  The work was done at Crossroads Guitar Shop.

                  "Vince" is the owner & he was trained on PLEK by Joe Glaser.

                  Joe Glaser is the #1 guitar tech in Nashville. Joe Glaser is the man.

                  It's important that the tech knows how to use & run the PLEK machine.

                  A properly PLEK'ed guitar plays like a dream....SERIOUSLY.

                  I will not own a guitar that has not been PLEK'ed.

                  Having a properly PLEK'ed guitar is the ultimate in guitar satisfaction.
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                  • #10
                    My first PLEK was with a 35 year old divorcee in Boston.

                    I remember her fondly.
                    Serious about playing but not much else.


                    • #11

                      Quote Originally Posted by Virgman
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                      My first PLEK was with a 35 year old divorcee in Boston.

                      I remember her fondly.

                      So your Johnson got PLEKd?
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                      • #12
                        because guitarists want everything else done like it was done in the 1950's, why not the setup too?
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                        • #13

                          Quote Originally Posted by bernardo gui
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                          I own 5 guitars. 6 of them are PLEK'ed.

                          You must really like it to have had it done plus one.
                          The quartersawn has been pulled for you....


                          • #14
                            ^^^ derailed my entire train of thought...

                            I have a Wechter that was Plek'd Plays great. Sounds like crap, but plays great. Unplugged, the thing is like an old Ferrington, just lifeless.

                            All my Reverends were touched by he mighty Zak Green. All are setup wonderfully.

                            There are still many companies that give a ****************. I really don't think Gibson, on the highest level, does. All they are doing is pimping the brand. Until you break about 2.5 K, there are many better options, likely due to the smaller companies spending time on setup before it reaches a customer. Also, as someone pointed out, a great tool in the hand of a divorcee....err untrained employee is almost worse than a bad setup.
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                            Oh, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.


                            • #15
                              The Plek process is now being used in manufacturing by Gibson, Fender, Martin, Takamine, Warwick, and G&L. As well, any guitar can be plekked. (In my area, New York City, there are 14 area shops that have a Plek machine and offer the service.)

                              For those who may be unfamiliar with the Plek process, here's a video that explains it really well.

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