Virtually ALL brand new stringed instruments ARE NOT "setup", meaning the bridge and nut ARE NOT reshaped and lowered so that the strings are lower and the instrument is actually playable.
This 'setup' is done by a trained luthier to get a new instrument easier to play.
A new player using a 'high string height' 'hard to play' instrument has 2 strikes against them because of that.
Many school orchestra players are struggling with un-setup or poorly setup stringed instruments.
Get at least a basic setup on your instrument.
Setup prices below are for instruments bought here at FMI, slightly higher for instruments brought in to us for setups.
Basic Setups get your bass action lowered for general bass playing. This is good for all kinds of music playing and will also allow you to get into bluegrass, rockabilly, and orchestral if you wish.
The action cannot be lowered enough for a real smooth lowered playing action without doing the fingerboard work though, so if you want a real smooth playing bass, easiest on your fingering hand, you should order the "pro setups"
If you want to play jazz the lower jazz setup is required so that you have a faster lower action.
HOW TO FIND OUR STORE
We DO NOT have a storefront on busy Washington Blvd. We are down our driveway located between the Arbor Vista Retirement Center and 787 East Washington Blvd. with plenty of our own off-street parking. Turn in the driveway and you'll see our store pictured above. (Follow the signs on 787 that say "789 Parking in Rear".) Below is a shot down our driveway from the streetview.
Our phyical address is 789 East Washington Blvd. Pasadena, CA 91104.
Fantastic Musical Instruments specializes in stringed instruments
with a caring hands on approach.
Our Store Hours are: Monday thru Friday 11 AM to 6 PM
& Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.
We can also be available on Sundays by appointment.
Call Ph: 626-794-7554 at least 24 hours in advance to
arrange for a Sunday appointment.
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