We repair all types of amplifiers, effects pedals, and pro audio gear at our workshop in Wood Green, North London. This includes the repair, servicing, or modification of the following types of equipment:
- Guitar, bass and hi-fi amps: valve/tube, transistor/solid state and hybrids.
- Effects pedals and pedal boards.
- PA amps, active monitors/speakers and mixers.
- Pro audio preamps and outboard effects.
- Electric guitars/basses: pickup replacements and wiring mods.
Our minimum labour fee is £78 inc VAT per item that you bring in. If the cost of replacement parts is below £20, we will go ahead and repair your item. So you should be prepared to pay up to £98 for a repair. If it looks like the cost of the repair will exceed that amount, then we will contact you to confirm that you want to proceed.
In most cases we will not charge a fee if we are unable to repair your item. However, if your item has a fault that is intermittent or likey to be hard to diagnose, we may charge the minimum fee as a diagnostic fee, even if we subsequently discover that we cannot repair your item. Once you've described the fault to us, and before you've brought your item in, we will be able to confirm whether this is likely to be the case.
Disclaimer: While we always take great care when handling and dismantling our customers' gear, sometimes it is simply not possible to remove a circuit board or components without causing some damage. We will always try to repair any damage where possible, but do not accept any liability in the rare cases where we cannot.
A guitar amp service is charged at the minimum labour fee (£78) + parts and includes cleaning of pots and connectors, inspection and repair of solder joints, replacement of faulty valves, and biasing of the output stage (if necessary). Standard production valves are usually around £18 per preamp valve and £26 per output valve, but they can be considerably higher if you want specific NOS valves.
A full service (as above) and a recap - i.e. replacement of old electrolytic capacitors which is typically necessary in vintage amps - starts at £150 labour + parts. An amp like a Fender '57 Tweed Deluxe has 3 large and 3 small electrolytics. A good quality replacement set for such an amp would cost £30.
Here are some examples of repair jobs on a guitar amp.
This one had a faulty relay:
And this vintage Fender had a failed resistor:
A pickup replacement starts at the minimum fee (£78) + parts. We are able to quote for any kind of wiring mod such as coil taps or custom switching arrangements.
You can book a repair through our contact form. We usually respond to enquiries within one business day.