Please edcuate me in simple maintenance

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  1. Fenceclimber

    Fenceclimber I love Ibanez

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    Hello everyone! I really need some help with my guitars. I never really took the time to learn how to set up a guitar and my bank account has payed the price over the years. I recently, about 3 months ago took my guitars to a tect and had them all set up and looked over and they played fine after that. Recently the weather has changed dramatically and two of my guitars now buzzes like crazy on like fret 1 to 4, it got a bit worse after a string change.

    So, instead of paying for a setup every 6 months I figured that I should learn to do it myself. Since all the fret ends are nice and the guitar played fine until a few weeks ago I guess it is the neck relief that needs some tweaking. I have all the tools but not really the know-how, the do's or don'ts.

    Can I do any adjustment during string tension?

    How do I know what amount of relief is proper, is it perhaps best to try to find the spot where the guitars playes as I like it?

    In what order should I go about doing all of this, relief -> string height -> intonation ?


    Thanks!
     
  2. Lemonbaby

    Lemonbaby SS.org Regular

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    A setup every 6 months? Hope you don't have too many guitars...

    Trussrod is adjusted under tension, so you immediately see where it moves. You can help the neck to move quicker a bit by gently bending it over your leg/knee/whatever.
     
  3. Demiurge

    Demiurge Intrepid Jackass

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    Don't be afraid of adjusting the truss rod. However, adjust it in small increments, like eighth or quarter turns. Seasonal changes shouldn't be dramatic. People get into trouble when they start turning it like city bus steering wheel on first attempt.
     
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  4. budda

    budda Guiterrorizer Contributor

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    Buy the dan erlewine guitar repair book :yesway:
     
  5. TonyFlyingSquirrel

    TonyFlyingSquirrel Cherokee Warrior

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  6. Andrew Lloyd Webber

    Andrew Lloyd Webber Custom Title

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    Lefty-loosey.
     
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  7. GuitarBizarre

    GuitarBizarre Listen to physics.

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    ^ As this man said. Back the truss rod off by an 8th of a turn. Leave it 10-15 minutes if you don't notice an immediate difference. If it's still buzzing, hopefully it's buzzing LESS, and at that point you can do another 8th of a turn to resolve the rest of the issue.

    As stated above, don't go too far. Half a full turn on the truss rod nut is a very significant adjustment - the kind that simple seasonal changes shouldn't make necessary. If you end up doing a half turn before you see an improvement, I would undo your changes and call your man for advice on why it's buzzing so much now.
     
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  8. Flappydoodle

    Flappydoodle SS.org Regular

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    General rule:

    If the action is wrong at frets 0-12, adjust the truss rod

    If the action is wrong at frets 12+, adjust the bridge saddle height
     
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  9. Lukhas

    Lukhas SS.org Regular

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    Buy a ruler like that. Better than eyeballing it.

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    With this and the proper tools, you can basically do everything when it comes to setting up a guitar except for a fretjob or a nutjob.
     
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  10. GuitarBizarre

    GuitarBizarre Listen to physics.

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    Dude, never do a nutjob...
     
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