Plek machine setup?

Discussion in 'Technical Side of Things' started by freddyfingers, May 17, 2019.

    Hi all. I was curious if anyone has had a guitar put through the Plek process, and what the results were. Was it better than any hand set up? Does it work the same for gretsch, or other archtops with floating bridges? The closest one to me is about three hours away, not an easy drive to go and check things out.
     
  1. Henry

    Henry Gretschified

    Apr 9, 2014
    Petaluma
    I had 2 guitars plekd. One probably didnt need it but the other did, the guitar was in great shape but clearly played a lot. The PLEK may have saved it from a refret (or bought a few years) - there were divets in the lower frets.

    The action now is fabulous.

    Keep in mind that PLEK is just a tool. It won't do much good unless used by a good luthier who understands the machine. After all, all Gibsons supposedly get plekd at the factory.
     
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  2. Uncle Daddy

    Uncle Daddy Friend of Fred

    Jan 19, 2012
    Maldon UK
    I've had a few done, and the result was great. Remember the nut slots may need adjustment after.
     
  3. Ricochet

    Ricochet Gretschified

    Nov 13, 2009
    Monkey Island
    Apparently they offer different levels of plek'ing.
     
  4. I have different levels of guitars in need.
     
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  5. swivel

    swivel Synchromatic

    632
    May 13, 2018
    PNW
    I guess the real value of pleking is they measure the frets with the guitar strung up. Which takes into account all the influences on the board. Then adjust the fret tops accordingly.
    I found this out be cause I questioned if they could do it less expensively If I just shipped them a Fender neck to do.
     
  6. MickeyB

    MickeyB Electromatic

    34
    Jul 24, 2017
    Birmingham England UK
    I have bought two Gibson Memphis archtops which were supposed to have been pleked. Yes, the frets were beautifully level but........ the damn things were virtually flat on the top!!!!! I had to ask my tech to reprofile them - on a £3000 guitar!!!!! I don't know if Gretsch do it differently/better but I was not impressed.
     
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  7. EC Strat

    EC Strat Electromatic

    88
    Jan 11, 2019
    Louisville
    Same thing happened with my Strat. Had it pleked and they just lobbed off the top. It’s level and action is SUPER low. But the frets need to be rounded
     
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  8. Tony65x55

    Tony65x55 Gretschified

    Age:
    63
    Sep 23, 2011
    The 'Shwa, Ontario, Canada
    I have had a number of guitars PLEK'd by Ian Weston in Ottawa. All were improved significantly and some feel like the necks were breathed on by angels. Ian is a very good luthier and in his hands, the PLEK is a magical tool.
     
  9. Rusty Silver

    Rusty Silver Gretschie

    Age:
    47
    289
    Jun 25, 2017
    Italy (Rome and Genoa)
    My Gretsch has been plekd by a good luthier... As he said, plek is just an instrument that can help the luthier, if the luthier doesn't work well, plek does not work well.
     
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  10. englishman

    englishman Gretschified

    Age:
    61
    Apr 5, 2014
    Detroit
    Judging by the 2017 SG I had to fix the frets on, there's no universal result from this process.
     
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  11. I was considering sending in a es295 custom shop, 2015. It’s my understanding it was pleked prior to leaving the factory, but i am the second owner, even though the first kept it in a box.
     
  12. hcsterg

    hcsterg Country Gent

    Feb 13, 2012
    France
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