Budget guitar help

Discussion in 'Standard Guitars' started by wertyase5, Aug 29, 2013.

  1. wertyase5

    wertyase5 Member

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    Aug 18, 2013
    Phoenix, AZ
    Now without saying I should just buy a better guitar, I need some help on how to optimize the action of my LTD MH-53. It's not that bad of a guitar; I love the ESP neck profiles and large frets, and I'm about to switch out the pickups for some better ones. I really love the feel of this guitar and am not ready to accept defeat. Anyway, the strings are way too high off the fretboard, making playing a little less smooth. I tried putting shims under the neck joint and it has a floyd rose so I can't lower the bridge. Can anyone help me figure out how to get the strings closer? When I put shims under the neck, the string touched at the 24th fret and was way off at the 1st. It's frustrating and I don't want to give up on it because it's the only guitar I have with a floyd rose.
  2. tyler_faith_08

    tyler_faith_08 Strings of Chaos

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    Aug 3, 2013
    Mobile, AL
    You can't adjust the height of the floyd rose? Is it a top mount? AKA, does it sit on the body or does it sit in a cavity? If not, you SHOULD be able to adjust it.

    As far as shimming the neck, try a smaller shim. Sounds simple, but maybe buy some super thin stainless steel sheet metal form somewhere around town.
  3. vangkm

    vangkm SS.org Regular

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    Jan 8, 2007
    Or just pay someone to set it up for you the way you want? Generally a set up will cost around $30 and if you get strings $40.

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