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Setup question from a klutz

Discussion in 'Tele-Technical' started by Vladimir, Mar 24, 2017.

  1. Recce

    Recce Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    You have it backwards. 11's are thicker than 10's and therefore apply more pressure raising the neck.
     
  2. 5ofeight

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    Yes, We already established that I was wrong a post or two back...thanks anyway..
     
  3. Galibier_Un

    Galibier_Un Tele-Meister

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    The approximate midpoint between the first and 21st/22nd fret is the 8th fret. Refer to Fender's Strat and Tele setup guides.

    ... Thom
     
  4. Telefunked

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    Anyone giving instructions to adjust the truss rod as a measure to adjust/fix action should not be giving any advise as they are completely wrong!!!

    You adjust action at the nut first then at the bridge.

    Trussrod will adjust neck relief.

    Any experienced luthier or guitar manufacturer will tell you this.
     
  5. chris m.

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    The original question was how to adjust neck after going to heavier strings. In my experience a truss rod tightening is generally the correct first step.
     
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  6. Ira7

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    Thank you.

    I can't believe what I was hearing here.
     
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  7. Ira7

    Ira7 Doctor of Teleocity

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    No way in hell.
     
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  8. chris m.

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    I respectfully disagree. The heavier strings bow the neck more, so a slight tightening of the neck restores the original amount of neck relief. Works the other way, too. Put lighter strings on and the neck gets too flat, so loosening the rod puts back the relief. If you're not checking neck relief spec before going on to next step of setup such as adjusting action at bridge, "whatevs", as the kids say.
     
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  9. macatt

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    THIS
    I do this too and the new relief has always settled right in, right away.

    S Mac
     
  10. macatt

    macatt Tele-Holic

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    Nope.
    Heavier gauge strings pull harder on the neck increasing tension and creating more relief, resulting in higher action in the middle area of the neck before it meets the body.

    S Mac

    (I see Chris M has already answered this)
     
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  11. macatt

    macatt Tele-Holic

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    Not quite.

    Hold down the string at the first fret and somewhere passed where the neck meets the body. Then check the gap at the EIGHTH fret. That's where the gap is biggest.

    S Mac
     
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  12. Ben the Qlder

    Ben the Qlder TDPRI Member

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    Some awesome advice here and the website link is gold... Gonna setup my guitar this weekend (or have a good crack at it)
     
  13. brenn

    brenn Tele-Afflicted

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    Adjusting saddles, I like to get the 2 E strings right, then adjust the rest to match the fretboard radius, with a radius gauge. Have the strings adjusted to a smooth arc that matches the fretboard really makes a difference you can feel.
     
  14. Mickey slick

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    Going up on string gage puts more tension and more relief thus higher action but also bigger strings will be higher on the bridge so it is both relif and action
     
  15. Galibier_Un

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    Action is the distance between the bottom of the strings and the frets and not the top of the strings. Maybe you're trying to say something else?

    ... Thom
     
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