Pioneered in the UK by Charlie Chandler, the Plek system gives you the ultimate set-up optimised for your exact string gauge and playing style. The revolutionary Plek technology scans your guitar’s neck whilst strung up and tuned to pitch, allowing it to record the exact state of your fingerboard and frets in playing conditions. The machine scans to an accuracy of 1000th of a millimetre and can help to highlight any high or low frets, poor neck relief, twists, bumps and excessive fingerboard kick-up or fall-off. The detailed graphs produced allow us to adjust each string’s action to suit. The guitar is then de-strung and the Plek machine processes the frets to our set quality. The instrument is then final finished and set-up by hand.
Our unit is only the second in service worldwide, and the first in Europe, and THE ONLY ONE CURRENTLY IN THE UK! The Station is the workshop/service version of the Plek Pro and it is superseeding our Plek Basic. Currently Gibson Custom Shop are running two Pros, Gibson Montana have two, Martin run the majority of their production through four Pros, while other Pro users include Takamine, legendary Nashville luthier Joe Glaser and Suhr Guitars. Guitar repair author, consultant and luthier Dan Erlewine has just taken delivery of a PlekStation too.
For the last eight years we have championed the quality and accuracy of the Plek technology and the advances in the Pro/Station software and hardware have further ‘raised the bar’ in terms of accuracy, fret shape, playability and intonation. Exemplary nut cutting using a high frequency spindle cutter is now a feature of the Station too. No more poorly spaced, angled, pinching or sloppy nut slots.
A fret dress can be required for a number of reasons. If the current frets are worn and pitted, if you are having trouble achieving your required action with the frets and neck relief as is, or if you simply want to maximise the playability and set-up of a new guitar our Plek fret dress and set-up service will help.
For more information on how the Plek process can improve playability, tone and intonation on your guitar feel free to get in touch.