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Old 02-04-2013, 10:11 AM   #9601
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I got a carvin guitar recently (used), and I'm looking to change string gauges. I don't actually know what's on it right now, but I want to put on 11-52's. It has a wilkinson tremolo, which is suppose to be more like a fender style tremolo then a floyd rose.

Is there anything I need to watch out for or know about before hand? All my guitars have been hardtail, so I don't know much about changing the strings. Is it going to be a nightmare like a floyd rose/am I better off taking it to a shop to get done?


like i just suggested to the last poster.

you need to swap one string at a time, and in your case, you'll want to stabilize the bridge, during the swap and
balance it after.

it shouldnt be too hard. nothing is going to break.
you can always swap the strings and if the bridge lifts a little, then flip it over and tighten or add more springs.

worst case, if you have a lot of problems tuning up, you can take the guitar in after for a setup.
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:55 PM   #9602
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I bought a second-hand guitar and as i changed the strings i noticed the neck was at an angle, not bowing

How can i fix this? does it involve the truss rod did i not adjust it properly or i shouldn't have adjusted it at all?
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:59 PM   #9603
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with the new strings on, see how the guitar
plays through an amp.

if it's buzz free with your preferred action,
then you are fine.

if there are issues, then check out the first page
of this thread, then post back.
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Old 02-10-2013, 03:46 AM   #9604
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either way, you should still swap the strings, then post back with any issues.

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Old 02-15-2013, 04:37 AM   #9605
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I was cleaning my Dean ML and accidentally hit one of the thumbwheels causing the action on my TOM bridge to rise/fall a bit compared to the other side. Stupidly, I just took the whole thing off (bridge posts, too) to clean and realized that the bridge height was not fixed and could damn near by anything. Then I realized this:

Always thought this was cool

Ever see something like this regarding either issue (G string saddle or the saddle screws)?
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Old 02-15-2013, 03:28 PM   #9606
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I'm sorry. what's your question?
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Old 02-16-2013, 03:16 AM   #9607
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I was cleaning my Dean ML and accidentally hit one of the thumbwheels causing the action on my TOM bridge to rise/fall a bit compared to the other side. Stupidly, I just took the whole thing off (bridge posts, too) to clean and realized that the bridge height was not fixed and could damn near by anything. Then I realized this:

Always thought this was cool

Ever see something like this regarding either issue (G string saddle or the saddle screws)?

My guitar does not seem to have any noticeable nut/truss rod/fret problems so I was thinking I could restring it, mess with the bridge height, and then attempt to properly intonate it.

I eventually would like to buy a truss rod adjuster, feeler gauge or appropriate ruler, and needle files so I could do my own guitar setups (minus fret work) so this seemed like a good first step.
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I'm sorry. what's your question?


Um... the sentence with the question mark at the end

I accidentally added the last two paragraphs. Was working on two threads at once.
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Old 02-16-2013, 10:29 AM   #9608
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umm. ok I must be daft because I still
need to clarify.


you have a TOM bridge and took it apart?
and now need help because there is something
wrong with the g saddle or intonation screws?

did you raise the whole bridge,
did u intonate?

please tell me what's specifically wrong with the guitar.
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:07 PM   #9609
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umm. ok I must be daft because I still
need to clarify.


you have a TOM bridge and took it apart?
and now need help because there is something
wrong with the g saddle or intonation screws?

did you raise the whole bridge,
did u intonate?

please tell me what's specifically wrong with the guitar.
Haha, no worries. My fault.

1) Have TOM bridge
2) Took it all apart
3) Noticed the G string saddle was "backwards" and the intonation screws were facing inward (see picture) - was asking if either of those were "normal." Never noticed the "backwards" saddle until now and haven't seen a guitar with saddle screws facing inward before.

The TOM bridge is still off and I have not messed with the intonation yet (bridge off = haven't put strings on yet).
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Old 02-16-2013, 06:33 PM   #9610
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ohhh!

yes that's normal. which is why I didn't
understand your question.


some guys flip the bridge for easier access
to the intonation screws.
BUT know that if you did that the saddles
would all be flipped and out of position
needing to be completely re-intonated.
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Old 02-17-2013, 02:31 AM   #9611
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ohhh!

yes that's normal. which is why I didn't
understand your question.


some guys flip the bridge for easier access
to the intonation screws.
BUT know that if you did that the saddles
would all be flipped and out of position
needing to be completely re-intonated.


Yea, I just kept it as is. Slapped on some lighter strings (my God, bending is so easy now) and intonated them as best I could with a handheld tuner. I'll put her through the paces tomorrow

Thank you! And is that Officer Jenny?
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Old 02-17-2013, 11:04 AM   #9612
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no problem. check out the intonation guide in the first post
if you need more help there.

and yep that is she. I'm not up on pokemon, but i thought
it was cool that we shared the same name.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:07 PM   #9613
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I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to setting up a guitar, past tweaking the bridge height for action/fret buzz... I just got an Ibanez RG7321 in a trade, and compared to my Schecter Classic it just sounds "bleh". I was looking forward to playing a 7 string but the sound has put me off. There was a lot of fret buzz to begin with, so I changed the strings, raised the bridge a bit to get rid of the buzz and it's ALMOST gone but still noticeable. However now the action is a little too high. The neck looks very straight, but could that be the issue here?

Also, the notes sounds "quieter" and they don't ring out like they should.

Please help! I don't want to regret that trade!
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:17 PM   #9614
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yeah the notes wont ring out if the strings
rub the frets.

do the strings feel tight enough?

you can see how to measure the necks relief by
looking at the first post in this thread.
measure and post back here with what fits
under the string at the middle of the guitar,
when you hold the first and last fret.
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Old 02-20-2013, 08:22 PM   #9615
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It's practically touching, I need to squint to see the gap... So I adjust the truss rod accordingly? Which way do I turn it to relieve the neck?
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Old 02-21-2013, 10:42 AM   #9616
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if the string is almost touching the fret then
you can safely add relief.

to do that you turn the truss rod 1/4 turn counter clockwise.
that's. very small mount.
don't force the turn and let it settle in tune.
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Old 02-22-2013, 02:23 PM   #9617
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Quick question: Does it matter if my A and D strings are Harley Bentons and others are D'Addario? Both are same size. Installed pretty much at the same time, yesterday and today.
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Old 02-22-2013, 04:16 PM   #9618
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different brands might be slightly off on gauge or string material.
but it shouldnt make a huge difference, unless you notice something off with the guitar's playability.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:22 PM   #9619
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Hey, I was wondering if this is fixeable:

edit: image in thread was too big so I'll just paste the URL
http://s4.postimage.org/gbc3q3erx/action.jpg

To be clear, the image on the right is the one that's giving me problems. Playing anything higher than the 12th fret on that guitar is nearly undoable for me.
The bridge is at its lowest point atm.
Would it be possible to fix the action to get it more like my guitar on the left by removing the bolt on neck and to see if I can fix it with a shim of sorts?
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:29 PM   #9620
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if the string is almost touching the fret then
you can safely add relief.

to do that you turn the truss rod 1/4 turn counter clockwise.
that's. very small mount.
don't force the turn and let it settle in tune.


Thanks for your answer!

It doesn't sound 100%, but it sounds a hell of a lot better. I think bridge adjustments will get me as close as I can get.
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