- Jun 27, 2015
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lots of good thoughts there thank you very much for the reply!Not as impossible to understand as you might think.
I've mocked-up the action on several guitars in-process of building. I set a nut at the end of the fret board, used an elastic string all the way to the bridge, then fretted the string at the first fret. The whole action lowered by a significant amount.
With angles, a little at the start (nut or first fret) vectors into a lot at the other end.
I shoot for "two business cad" depth from the bottom of the string to the top of the first fret, or .013-.018 between them.
That's what I call "low, but not buzzy".
I take a lot of time in setting this stuff up. Ideally, I want my bridge to be on the deck and the strings just touching the 22nd fret. I don't favor high-in-the-sky bridges.
A forum member here sent me his SG for a neck reset. That thing had a neck angle of 4.55 degrees! That's no lie.
WAY too high. This is from the factory. 2013 SG. The bridge pup was practically out of it's ring to get high enough to the strings. Bridge was way jacked-up to get the strings to clear. IT was like playing a damn cello.
This was NOT right. No way. So I pulled the neck, repaired the angle to give it 2.5 degrees.
All worked out perfect after that.
so far have only done one tom bridge... I had mocked everything up in photoshop... planned out my 4.5deg (I actually chose 4.5 deg based on the layout and how everything sat)... used actual height from gotoh bridge... actual height from the frets I bought... proposed ending thickness of my top/body... fully planning to try to arrive with my bridge height screws literally touching the body... but then chickened out and raised it 1mm so that i'd have someplace to go if things didn't work out lol!
Looking at that guitar right now... by eye looks like I have 1mm. next time I'll not second guess myself - can always cut the slots in the saddles lower. i don't know if the gotoh tom bridge is taller than typical lp but i don't think so. As I recall... i lowered the neck into the body based on what i saw and considering this is a baritone, so wanted to bring that headstock as close as possible. long story long... wasn't held to any specific neck dimensions so it seemed like the angle there is rather arbitrary if you are willing to adjust other things to fit it. laugh all you want but it's comfy as hell i swear!!
cello - lol. interesting that there is that much difference (2 degrees) for that setup. I wouldn't have guessed that and it is now on my radar to lookout for as I approach doing a similar layout in photoshop for the 24.625 scale.