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Old 12-07-2012, 01:01 AM   #1
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Switching from 11-54's to 10-46's

I'll need to adjust the neck I assume. I want to be sure I have my info right, when adjustig the neck, you look from the head to the bridge correct? That orientates you for clockwise/counter clockwise correct? Counter clockwise will lessen the bowing of the neck, correct?

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Old 12-07-2012, 01:06 AM   #2
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Your orientation is fine but clockwise tightens the rod, giving you less bow. You'll probably need to turn just a hair counterclockwise to lessen the tension from going down a gauge.
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:09 AM   #3
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Your orientation is fine but clockwise tightens the rod, giving you less bow. You'll probably need to turn just a hair counterclockwise to lessen the tension from going down a gauge.


That's what I meant. Hair would be a quarter turn like suggested or less?
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Old 12-07-2012, 01:32 AM   #4
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One gauge down probably won't even need that. Get the new strings on, give it a few hours to settle in, then go in eighth increments.
You may find that the rod doesn't need to be adjusted at all.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:36 AM   #5
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+1 on putting on the strings first. I've never ever had to touch a truss rod til I got my EC-1000, and I've used everything from 9-42 to 12-60. People tend to greatly exaggerate the adjustments you need to do on a guitar.
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Old 12-07-2012, 08:41 AM   #6
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yeah. now i'm no guitar tech () but generally i turn the thing as little as it can turn and see what happens. Sometimes, as colin says, that's plenty.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:30 PM   #7
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I would have figured that a gauge down would be the 11-4X's or the 10-52's. Not 10-46.
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Old 12-07-2012, 11:30 PM   #8
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I also assume that i need to loosen the strings before adjusting? I'm getting fret buzzing.
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:55 AM   #9
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yeah probably loosen them. no idea if it does any harm or not not to loosen, but it's normally better to play it safe. plus if you loosen them a string shouldn't snap and poke you.
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Old 12-09-2012, 10:59 AM   #11
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you may want to replace the nut since it is slotted for much bigger strings. A .54 is much larger than a .46, you may get some string rattle/buzz at the nut.
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^ good call EDIT: oh, no wait, he's going the other way. Unless the slot's way too big (would that even do anything?) he should be fine.

i'd also say- if you are loosening the strings, you sorta have to guess where to set the truss rod. You can't set it to have the neck exactly right when the strings are loosened because once you tighten them again that'll have more pull on the neck.
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^ good call EDIT: oh, no wait, he's going the other way. Unless the slot's way too big (would that even do anything?) he should be fine.

It can be a problem having too much space around the string, but it also could be just fine.

I just wanted to point out a possible problem TS may encounter since alot of people dont think about the little things
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yep, definitely worth pointing everything out, just in case. that's the philosophy i go by, too.
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you may want to replace the nut since it is slotted for much bigger strings. A .54 is much larger than a .46, you may get some string rattle/buzz at the nut.


Metal locking nut. Not an issue, but good advice regardless.
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^ good call EDIT: oh, no wait, he's going the other way. Unless the slot's way too big (would that even do anything?) he should be fine.

i'd also say- if you are loosening the strings, you sorta have to guess where to set the truss rod. You can't set it to have the neck exactly right when the strings are loosened because once you tighten them again that'll have more pull on the neck.


Ok, that makes sense. JUst wanted to make sure it wasn't like setting the action and protecting the blades.
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Metal locking nut. Not an issue, but good advice regardless.

Right on that is deff not an issue then.
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