Need advice on Tele strings set too low.

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  1. depewisaac

    depewisaac TDPRI Member

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    Hi! First post.
    So I've been building my first partscaster, and everything has gone fine except for this issue. The strings sit too low, and they touch the neck almost the whole way down. I've found a temp fix by putting a piece of wood under the bridge, but i'd rather this not be permanent. Any suggestions for a way to fix this problem?
     
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    Thin shim in the neck pocket towards the headstock side. That will tip the neck forward slightly, give it a try.
     
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    I am guessing if you needed a wood shim under the bridge you can’t raise your saddles anymore? You should have your bridge against the body though.

    Like @tubegeek said, neck pocket shims are the way to go if you cannot raise the action anymore with the saddles. Fenders since the beginning needed shims while still in the factory. Paper, notecards, business cards. The Microtilt system exists to save Fender time with adjusting this during production.

    You could also have your truss rod way too tight, causing a backbow.


    Stick with it and you’ll sort it out and be rockin soon!

    https://support.fender.com/hc/en-us...ow-do-I-set-up-my-Telecaster-guitar-properly-
     
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    depewisaac TDPRI Member

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    Thank you! I'll give it a try. What should I use to shim it with? Maybe coins or wood?
     
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    Dude thanks a bunch! I have raised my saddles, and I tried adjusting my truss rod in both directions to no avail. I will definitely look into shimming the neck.
     
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    I recommend business cards. You might need two or three, but three would be unusual from my experience. You can cut them so that they don’t show.
     
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    yeah, the difference one business card can make is drastic.

    have you read up on setups?

    can you post pictures of the guitar? ( even if to just show off its good looks)

    good luck!
     
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    I use torn-up $50 bills myself, but a business card or a formica sample from the home improvement store are some possibilities.
     
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    also, don't just blindly go adjusting the truss rod. and adjust it in very small increments with the string tension loosened.

    I really encourage you to go read that Fender Setup link above. To me, it is the owner's manual of your guitar.
     
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    you can use $50 dollar bills without tearing them. Fold them, in case you need them later.
     
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    Why will I ever need them.if my guitar's action is set?
     
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    the neck pocket is a bit too deep for the neck maybe?...

    I'd try a full pocket shim of some thin veneer to raise the neck parallel to the body.... :)
     
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    If it was mine, I'd be going crazy about now because it's so close to being ready to play.

    There's nothing wrong with using a shim to change the neck angle. A lot of Fenders have them, and you would never know if you didn't take off the neck. There's other ways of dealing with the problem, but shimming is very fast and easy.

    Get rid of the spacer under the bridge.

    I would use a business card cut an inch wide by the full width of the pocket, placed at the headstock end. Just one thickness at first and see where you end up.
     
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    Pics are helpful, there are some very knowledgeable people here that may be able to spot something for you
     
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    you won't but you're not 18 anymore.
     
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    Thank you everyone for your replies! I fixed the issue with a small shim, and it was enough to give me string space. I'll include a picture of the guitar. I'm very excited because I built my dream guitar, and I can finally play it too! Thanks again for your help.
     

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    dang! glad to hear. keep reading up and you can dial it in to your preferences.

    that's a pretty tele! and that rug really ties the room together!
     
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    Congratulations on achieving your dream
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    oops, I got that wrong..:oops:. the pocket couldn't be too deep... then you'd have too much clearance...doh..

    the pocket would be a tad shallow, if the neck sits too high or the neck is thicker than normal...

    sorry... been out building sleeper stairs all day my brain is frazzed...:lol:
     
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