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tele neck relief

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by vishnu, Sep 30, 2012.

  1. vishnu

    vishnu Tele-Holic

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    how much neck relief do you guys normally go/prefer with your teles?

    mine is quite minimal and bending Es and Bs at the seventh chokes a little or could be easier would be closer to the truth....

    10 guage
     
  2. Chris H.

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    I go with very minimal relief and low action but then i like low frets.
     
  3. Bones

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    I follow the recommendations on Fender's site and then tweak if necessary, but usually their numbers are good for me.
     
  4. 1952 Telecaster

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    Ah, here's something I do often. I usually put a capo on the 1st. fret and then fret the last fret (which is usually 21) on the 6th string (low E). I then take an automotive feeler gauge and slide out a 0.010" gauge feeler. I use this around the 8th fret and measure from bottom of low E (6th. string) and the top of the 8th. fret. That's my guide.
     
  5. old goat

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    The beauty of vintage truss rods is that they're a PITA to adjust so people aren't so tempted.
     
  6. telex76

    telex76 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    I like mine just nearly no relief, but I like a higher action for bending and popping the strings.
    Fretting out not problem.
     
  7. AndyLowry

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    Exactly! Me too, always seems to work out right.
     
  8. blue metalflake

    blue metalflake Doctor of Teleocity

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    I always like a bit less than the 10 thou - 5 or 6 is more my thing
     
  9. Turtleface

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    Whoops, posted in the wrong thread.
     
  10. surfoverb

    surfoverb Doctor of Teleocity

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    I see this a lot and it always boggles the mind. You take the guard off, take a paint key and turn it. done.

    a lot of people think you must take the strings off, then the guard, then the neck. You dont have to do any of that. leave it tuned to pitch, take the guard off and thats it.

    I have mine set at around .004-.006

    when eye balling it, it looks almost dead straight.

    Fender spec of .012 looks like a bow and arrow to me lol
     
  11. MASONish

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    +1
     
  12. mg426

    mg426 Tele-Holic

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    I run my Teles as Flat as Kansas...
     
  13. dleuen

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    I'm in the flat camp too. I have just enough relief for a bit of light to shine through and that's it.
     
  14. Toto'sDad

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    I have a little #36 1/4" Proto (made in U.S.A) flat blade right angle screw driver that is perfect for adjusting the truss rod on vintage necks. It has one blade in line with the handle, and one that is perpendicular to the handle. Makes adjusting the truss rod a breeze after removing the pick guard. I'm pretty sure they aren't made anymore, I've never seen them in hardware stores. I've had this one a very long time.

    As far as relief goes, I give it just enough to insure it's not back bowed. I hold down the big e at the first fret, then hold it down at the fret where the neck joins the body, if I can see daylight under the string at the 8th, it's good enough. I set the saddles so it doesn't buzz. I don't like the action super low. Necks with the 7.25 radius seem to need a little more clearance than the ones with 9.5 radii.
     
  15. Blackdogxx

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    There is another thing to consider if the player has a harder picking style and especially if they play with nails. Guys who started with classical guitar tend to stay with that and nails set the strings flying in a bigger arc than a flat pick.
    So you may need to let in a bit more relief like I do. A modern Tele/Strat guitar that plays well with no rattles using a medium pick sometimes needs just about 1/8 turn 'lefty loosey' to play with nails.
     
  16. Telemarkman

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    It's the same with me - nearly straight. Not really a high action, but definitely not super low. But then I have a 7.25" radius and vintage frets on both my Teles.
     
  17. Tele Fan

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    I like .010. I'm too ham fisted for super low action ;)
     
  18. Ronkirn

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    and me too... been doing it that way since shortly after I heard the word "relief" and asked if they meant the "porcelain facility" or what.......

    ron Kirn
     
  19. boris bubbanov

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    I think Ron is on to the Secret behind the reintroduction of the American Standard.

    You can get maximum relief with an American Standard - nothing is better.

    :^)
     
  20. 73Fender

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    This one?
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    Stew Mac sells one too
     
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