Set Up Workshop

The secret to a perfect guitar setup is that there are no secrets.  All it takes is a certain degree of skill, lots of practice, and proper guidance.  We at SF Guitarworks believe that every musician should understand how their instrument works – knowing this will give a greater understanding of what their guitar is capable of, how to assess problems, help them make wiser guitar buying decisions, and not leave them hanging when their guitar goes down at a gig.  In our Setup Workshops, you will learn:

  • How to assess and diagnose the playability of your guitar
  • How a truss rod works and how to adjust it properly
  • What a radius is and how it applies to your instrument
  • How to set your intonation
  • What tools are used during a set up and how to use them
  • And much, much more!

Each student will have their own fully equipped bench to work on – all tools are provided during the class. Our owner Geoff Luttrell teaches each class and each student gets plenty of hands-on experience, and as much individual attention as possible.

Registration is ongoing – classes are held in San Francisco the first Saturday of the month from 11am – 3pm and in Petaluma the third Saturday of the month from 10am – 2pm and the cost is $275. Classes are limited to 4 people, so sign up soon, as openings fill up fast.

For more info and to sign up, call us at the shop: 415-865-5424

Full payment is due at the time of sign-up.


“The environment felt very open, I didn’t feel lame asking beginner questions.” – Chris W.

“We learned more things that I could have possibly known.” – Matt K.

“I’ve never really seen what goes through an actual guitar set up. This workshop was a real eye opener.” – Edwin G.

More photos of our setup workshop classes are here on Facebook.

Cancellation Policy:

No Refunds.
-Reschedule or store credit issued for cancellation up to 2 weeks of class date.
-One reschedule allowed for cancellation within 2 weeks to 72 hours of class date.
-No reschedule or credit issued for cancellation within 72 hours of class date


  1. I want to give a gift of a guitar workshop for a Christmas gift. Can you let me know how to do that? My phone is 415-244-3750. Thanks, Kathy

  2. Alex,
    Just called you and left a message. Call the shop to confirm the sign-up!

  3. Hi Kathy,
    Left you a message earlier but we take reservations for classes over the phone. Call us again and we can set it up for you – 415-865-5424.

  4. Hello,

    I am interested in your setup workshop, I see intonation is listed, do you cover Floyd Rose intonation? I know that it requires a special tool and to be honest it looks pretty daunting to me, but it’s the one I am in desperate need to learn.

  5. Hey there Jerry,

    We do cover Floyd Rose intonation during our setup workshop and would be happy to help you. Give us a call at the shop if you’d like to reserve a space: 415-865-5424.


  6. I am interested in taking the Guitar Setup Class on Saturday August 22 in Petaluma. Please advise how I may sign up. Thanks!

  7. Really interested in attending in Petaluma sometime soon. I just bought a Jazzmaster and wondered if the class would cover the setup that I hear can be necessary for this guitar (break angle, bridge and trem adjustment, etc.). Thanks!

  8. James,

    It certainly would help with those items you’ve mentioned. When you’re ready to sign up, call our SF shop: 415-865-5424.


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