John Mann's Guitar Vault
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 John Mann’s Guitar Vault  – 70 Point Guitar Inspection & Setup Checklist

Fit & Finish (If applicable):

  1. Body front
  2. Body back
  3. Body sides
  4. Headstock
  5. Tuner buttons
  6. Nut
  7. Neck front
  8. Neck back
  9. Frets
  10. Side dots
  11. Inlays
  12. Cutaways
  13. Neck joint
  14. Pickguard
  15. Cover Plates

Hardware (If applicable):

  1. Check bridge for proper operation
  2. Check tuning machines for proper operation
  3. Check pickup height
  4. Check output jack for proper operation
  5. Check strap buttons
  6. Check that all screws and hardware and mounted and tightened properly
  7. Perform shake, rattle and vibration test

Playability:

  1. Stretch strings numerous times until stable tuning is achieved
  2. Tune guitar
  3. Play open strings and check for buzz
  4. Check string action height and set to manufacturer’s specs
  5. Check intonation with strobe tuner and adjust as needed
  6. Play all notes on the fretboard and check for buzz
  7. Play 1/2-step bends
  8. Play whole-step and extreme bends
  9. Play variety of chords and styles
  10. Retune guitar

Electronics (If applicable):

  1. Test volume and tone pots
  2. Test output jack
  3. Test pickup selector switch
  4. Test any specialized switching
  5. Test pickup functions
  6. Test piezo functions
  7. Test MIDI functions
  8. Test push/pull pots
  9. Test onboard tuner
  10. Test onboard preamp and effects

Final Prep:

  1. Polish headstock, recheck
  2. Polish neck, back and sides of body, recheck
  3. Polish front, recheck
  4. Inspect interior and exterior of case
  5. Case/Gig Bag/Box Contents (If applicable):
  6. Manual
  7. Warranty form
  8. Hang Tags
  9. Certificate of Authenticity
  10. Free Annual Setup Card
  11. Bumper Stickers
  12. Vibrato arm
  13. Tremolo/bridge cover
  14. Truss Rod wrench
  15. Allen wrench(s)
  16. Endpin
  17. Spare Nut
  18. Spare Saddle
  19. Picks
  20. Power supply
  21. Strap locks
  22. Pickup covers
  23. Pickguard
  24. Humidifier
  25. Strap
  26. Polish cloth

Packaging / Shipment (If applicable):

  1. Pack guitar into shipping box with proper packing material
  2. Insure guitar for full value
  3. Verify correct shipping address and tracking information