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relief vs no/less relief

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by hart, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. hart

    hart TDPRI Member

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    Jan 29, 2010
    California
    What is the advantage of a neck with zero or less relief than Fender spec?

    -- h
     
  2. KokoTele

    KokoTele <img src="http://www.tdpri.com/gifs/vendor.png" /> Vendor Member

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    Mar 17, 2003
    albany, ny [not chicago]
    With lower relief you can get lower action with less buzzing, assuming your frets are properly leveled. It's rather elementary geometry.

    I believe Fender's spec was chosen to prevent warranty claims. If you get your relief less than .005", it doesn't take much to get the neck to backbow.

    Start looking at relief when you pick up a new guitar. Almost everyone's is set with far too much relief (often more than .020").
     
  3. sjtalon

    sjtalon Poster Extraordinaire

    Does lesser neck relief help you out for good intonation all the way up the board ?
     
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  5. donh

    donh Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 25, 2010
    Oh Aich Ten
  6. beep.click

    beep.click Poster Extraordinaire

    Age:
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    Apr 7, 2007
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    I want that on a t-shirt. Or at least a button.
     
  7. sjtalon

    sjtalon Poster Extraordinaire

    I thought so, I'll have to read the art, thanks.

    I haven't had any problems myself and run about .004"-.006" in the middle frets ( fretted at the last) checking with the G and D strings. Then action about 4/64" or a tad more usually.

    Like Koko said "It's rather elementary geometry."
     
  8. donh

    donh Tele-Afflicted

    Apr 25, 2010
    Oh Aich Ten
    http://store.xkcd.com/

    scroll down about 3/4 the way, find a black t-shirt that says: "Stand back, I'm going to try science!"

    I love that shirt :)
     
  9. hart

    hart TDPRI Member

    64
    Jan 29, 2010
    California
    Thanks for the responses, guys.

    -- h
     
  10. raito

    raito Friend of Leo's

    Nov 22, 2010
    Madison, WI
    My wife has the 'Science. It works, bitches!" shirt. She's a chemical engineer, and often has to deal with people who think that not-science will work.
     
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