Truss rod adjustment on new guitar

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  1. Nate Henderson

    Nate Henderson Member

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    Not sure what you mean by this. Comparing the height of the bridge to the width of a dime/nickel?
     
  2. brianbzed

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    Not usually a problem, ALL my Gibsons needed a little tweaking when I first got them. I've only bought one new guitar (solidbody) that didn't need any adjustment.....my Carvin DC.
     
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    chasenblues Senior Member

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    Something like this,

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  4. Nate Henderson

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    Just bought the guitar, I'll post pics when I get the chance.

    I measured the action directly and it's about 5/64" on the low e and a hair under 4/64" on the high e (I start getting too much buzzing on the b string of I go lower), so pretty good to me.
     
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    I used to take a tuning fork in. They play slinky in the store and differently at home i found out they frequently tune down 1/2 step.
     
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    endial Senior Member

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    We'll need photographic evidence. (Congratulations!)
     
  7. Thumpalumpacus

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    Nah, what he does is lays a nickel on the 12th fret low E and lowers the bridge until the strings hold it in place, then repeats the process on the high E with the dime. I don't do it that way myself -- I use the Mk I eyeball and a little playing -- but I end up spec'd out pretty much as he describes his setup, maybe a tad higher.
     
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    Totally normal. Guitars are using a trussrod because they need it.
     
  9. Nate Henderson

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    Here she is!

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    fry Senior Member

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  11. marksoundguitars

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    Every new build I ship has a basic setup. I advise my customers that a new guitar needs to settle in and might need further adjustment. If they have a favorite tech, they should take it in for a full custom setup to their preference.
     
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  12. Leña_Costoso

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    US Dime - .054 inches. As close to 3.5/64ths as you can do by eye.
    US Nickel - .077 inches. Just an RCH shy of 5/64ths.

    Nice trick. Not bad starting points at all! Dunno about the "holds the coin in place" thing, that would imply tension, which would upset the measurement. To me its more like "just rests on the coin". But still... nice pocket gauge to go by.

    Thanks for mentioning that!
     
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  13. Nate Henderson

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    I've been playing with the action a little more and I can get the high e down just a little under 4/64", then the b string starts buzzing more than I'd like. Is that normal?
     
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    Completely normal, seems like the longer I have a guitar the less I adjust the truss rod.
     
  15. endial

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    Yup.
    That, to me, is the signal to stop. Adjust it right around where you can tolerate the "buzzing" (plug in and check what your amp tells you, too), and from that point is where you can tweak the truss rod to give maybe juuuussst a liiiiiiiitle more relief to get the action a hair lower, IF at all necessary. Ultimately, you should begin with the neck straight(ish) and do this.
     
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    You'd have to ask @Malikon how he does it exactly, and whether he prefers pre-1964 silver dimes. :p
     
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    That's a handsome guitar, Nate.
     
  18. Thumpalumpacus

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    You should be able to get 1/16" action there. Can you isolate the fret where it's buzzing?
     
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    You mean 1/16" at the high e? I can get to 1/16" (4/64") on that string. When I go much lower the b string starts getting too buzzy, mostly around the 12th fret. 1/16" feels like a good height though. I checked my other guitars and it's about the same.
     
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  20. Thumpalumpacus

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    I mean 1/16" 12th fret high E. But trust your ears and fingers, rather than some schlub online.
     
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