Setting up?

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  1. PostApoc

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    Hi everyone, i feel that i have a kind of embarrasing question to ask.

    Everyone speaks about "setting up" their guitar. And i was wondering, what do you mean? Are there any specific steps that everyone should take when buying a new guitar and do you have to get it to a guitarshop to set it up or can i do it myself?

    I've been playing for 6 years and i feel kind of embarrassed about this. Since i've never "set up" my guitar.
     
  2. Ninjahat

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    I believe they are talking about string and pickup height adjustments, ect.
     
  3. metale

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    Some guitars are easier to setup than others. I would consider a tele or LP to be the easiest to setup, and a double locking trem equiped guitar to be the hardest.

    Usualy means, for me anyway:
    - Repainting the nut slots with a graphite pencil
    - Setting neck bow via truss rod
    - Setting string heights via bridge assembly height (TOM) or saddle height (vintage trem, hipshot, etc)
    - Setting intonation by adjusting the bridge saddles towards the neck or towards the bottom strap button
    - Adjusting pickup height if necessary (ie. if I changed string gauges)

    I usually do this everytime I put a new set of string. I don't own a double locking trem guitar, but on those aditional steps are required to balance the bridge so the bottom of it is parallel to the body. This is done via the springs, but some trial and error is normal, specially if one does not know the "tricks".
     
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    I think metale has summed it up pretty well.

    You can get all this done at a guitar shop but it is not too tricky to do yourself if you have a bit of time and basic tools such as hex keys and a screwdriver. A good set up can really transform the feel of a guitar and being able to do this yourself will help you to get your guitars set up in a way that suits your playing style.
     
  5. Velixo

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    Isn't fret repair/balancing/filing a part of setup?
     
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    I guess it would be. In the general sense I suppose the setup is any adjustment or modification which changes the way the guitar plays.
     
  7. WiseSplinter

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    Wouldn't "setting up" be making non-permanent adjustments to the instrument? ie anything you can do that can be undone by another setup? i would say filing frets and such would be a permanent mod and not really something that can be considered a "normal" thing you'd do when setting up a guitar to your preference. :shrug:
     
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    Yeah, I agree its not something you would do as part of a normal setup, for example if you had changed string gauges. But I think that the height and profile of the frets is part of the way a guitar is set up.
     
  9. PostApoc

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    Are there any guidelines for how this should be done anywhere? I would really like to be able to do it properly by my self :)
     
  10. metale

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    There is. But I don't know If I'm allowed to post the link since the site itself sells ibanez guitars, and could be considered advertisement?

    Just google the terms, like "adjusting truss rod" ;)

    BTW, what guitar is it?
     
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    You can link rich's site
     
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    Alright, will do :)

    I have a Ibanez Apex 2!
     
  15. PostApoc

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    Insanely helpful site, think i've got it all done now.

    I've set up action, truss rod and intonation! Works like a charm.
     
  16. metale

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    Glad it helped. Tune-o-matics are easy to adjust.

    How do you like the Apex? I've been gasing for one since forever. Sorry for the offtopic.
     

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