DIYers - what relief mesurements do you keep your Lesters at?

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  1. NorlinBlackBeauty

    NorlinBlackBeauty Senior Member

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    Was curious what you all do.

    Capo'd at the 1st fret, finger on the 16th fret (body joint) measured at the 8th fret my Lester is at .006". Seems just about right for me.
     
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    Subterfuge Senior Member

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    yea I like .006" too. perfect
     
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    kevinkjs Senior Member

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    I can't understand Gibson's factory spec suggestions and some you tube sites recommending
    .010"-.012" at 7th or 8th fret. The best dims on my 99' Standard are approx. .075" string hgt.
    on low E at 12th fret and approx. .060" on high E. Guitar sounds best with as little relief as
    possible. .004"-.006" plays and sounds fantastic. I should also have stated that factory nut
    action from Gibson is just too high. Lowering to .015"-.018" adds to playability and easy fingering.
    Cheers.
     
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    PierM Black & Gold Premium Member

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    .004” max, to dead flat if possible, so no relief at all.
     
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    Rocco Crocco Senior Member

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    .008-.010" for my 24.75" scale guitars.
     
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    yamariv Senior Member

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    My Standard and Junior love it Flat! I have mine around .003-.005"

    My Fenders on the other hand don't like anything below .010" or they buzz.
     
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    wildhawk1 Senior Member

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    Measurements? Numbers?

    Never cared about them on anything to do with guitar other than replacement parts that have to fit correctly. If it feels or sounds right it is right.

    Posted this before but worth showing again. Old Musicians Friend card, painters tape and a few minutes works amazingly well on mine and many other guitars that pass my setup table.

     
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    blackat V.I.P. Member

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    wildhawk1.
    Exactly. If it feels or sounds right, it is right.
    Cool vid too!
     
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    wildhawk1 Senior Member

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    Unless it's out there somewhere I'm suprised Stew Mac or somebody else hasn't copied off the idea above with different radius and height "cards". Hurry and patent the idea!

    I did the video above and it worked so well grabbed another and plenty since.

    Absolutely kills the feeler gauge method IMHO.

    Watching the video reminded me how much I like six on a side Fender tuners vs. Gibbys but hate their how many adjustment screws can a bridge have design.
     
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    MSB Senior Member

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    that vid was cool, going to try it next time, but wasn't the OP talking about relief, not saddle bridge height?
     

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