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Old 01-22-2013, 02:46 PM   #9581
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Hey guys. I don't know shit about setting up a guitar.

If I want to bend 1 and a half steps, hell even 1 step with the E I hit the B and it becomes a unison bend. It's not my technique, well technically of course it is, I can concentrate and it wont happen as much but I need to dig in unnaturally and it's not comfortable.

I do think the action's too low for me. It doesn't happen with my other guitars and the bridge saddle on the E does seem very low. Can anyone confirm?



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Old 01-22-2013, 05:18 PM   #9582
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if it feels too low to you, then you can raise individual strings to preference, by just using a tiny allen wrench on the pegs in each saddle.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:50 PM   #9583
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Does that look low to you? And is what I said a symptom or trait of a low action?

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Old 01-22-2013, 06:34 PM   #9584
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I think it's the strings. I put the same brand, Daddario 10s on both guitars and the same thing is happening.

Gonna go to the guitar shop tmw and see what the shit is going on. I think it's just the type of string, maybe the gauge or just me not used to it.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:22 PM   #9585
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no way to tell your action.

but I can see that the bridge looks a little
lifted at its ass end.

if it is, (if it's a trem) then you'll want to make sure the bridge is balanced.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:45 PM   #9586
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got some questions
So my tele has some weird sitar (citar?) noises coming from around the 12th fret and it also has some sharp fret edges.

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daddario .11s btw
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:44 PM   #9587
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is the noise fret buzz? does it transmit thru the amp?

check out the first page to check some common setup steps.
then post back wt questions.

as for the rough edges.
google what you'll need to file them.
or take the guitar in for fretwork.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:17 AM   #9588
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cool, thanks. there's some fret buzz and it only sometimes comes through the amp.
I may just take it back in cuz im sick and lazy. thanks for the help though
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:35 PM   #9589
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ok but it might just be a screw turn.

most new guitars need a little setup to play their best.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:51 PM   #9590
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I always use some pencil lead on the saddles when I restring, but I've never tried it on the nut. I'll give that a shot when I restring it.


Hey Jenny, just an update on this deal. It's been a few days now, but I tried your advice and lubricated the string contact points at the nut on this guitar. As it turns out my problem with the tuning stability on the higher strings was likely caused by me tightening the tuner locks too much. The 3rd string snapped at the tuner. So I restrung and put pencil lead at the nut, didn't overtighten the locks, stretched the new strings thoroughly, and it is much better now. A lot more stable than it used to be on all strings. Thanks for the advice!

This also led me to another question. My Ibanez Universe stays in tune perfectly until I use the whammy bar. Do you think lubricating the locking nut would help this? I think the bridge is just ever-so-slightly low at the back, so I'll need to reset that too, but I was just wondering if you thought a little pencil lead under the locks would be a good idea. Thanks again.
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Old 01-25-2013, 04:04 AM   #9591
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Can someone help me with my current guitar? Whenever I tune to drop d, the guitar goes out of tune? I have a Peavey Raptor Plus EXP, I think it might be the bridge but I am not sure and don't want to do anything that might damage the guitar. It has a Stratocaster style bridge which I recently bought and fitted an arm to.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:54 AM   #9592
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Hey Jenny, just an update on this deal. It's been a few days now, but I tried your advice and lubricated the string contact points at the nut on this guitar. As it turns out my problem with the tuning stability on the higher strings was likely caused by me tightening the tuner locks too much. The 3rd string snapped at the tuner. So I restrung and put pencil lead at the nut, didn't overtighten the locks, stretched the new strings thoroughly, and it is much better now. A lot more stable than it used to be on all strings. Thanks for the advice!

This also led me to another question. My Ibanez Universe stays in tune perfectly until I use the whammy bar. Do you think lubricating the locking nut would help this? I think the bridge is just ever-so-slightly low at the back, so I'll need to reset that too, but I was just wondering if you thought a little pencil lead under the locks would be a good idea. Thanks again.



glad to hear you sorted out the first guitar,

the second will need to be balanced.
open the trem cavity and loosen the trem screws if the
bridge is dipping ass end into the guitar.

and yes, lubing the string contact points in that guitar should help a lot too.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:59 AM   #9593
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Can someone help me with my current guitar? Whenever I tune to drop d, the guitar goes out of tune? I have a Peavey Raptor Plus EXP, I think it might be the bridge but I am not sure and don't want to do anything that might damage the guitar. It has a Stratocaster style bridge which I recently bought and fitted an arm to.



you need to make sure the bridge is stable.
not lifted up or sunk into the body.

when you change tunings the pull at the bridge changes and throws the guitar out of tune.

if you are going to change tunings a lot, then you'll need to temporarily block the bridge.

you can do this by adding the max amount of springs in the cavity, to prevent almost any bridge movement,

here's a pic from the first page of this thread.




or by putting a small block of wood in the cavity to prevent the bridge from moving at all.
here's an image i stole quick off google,
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Old 01-28-2013, 10:57 AM   #9594
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Old 01-31-2013, 12:29 PM   #9595
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Old 02-03-2013, 04:48 PM   #9596
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A couple of questions here. What sort of adjustments would I have to do if I restring my guitar with a different guage? I've recently bought a new Strat and I'm not sure what guage strings are on there right now. I've talked to the shop and they *think* it may be nines but I think it may be a hybrid set because I bought a pack of nines and the wound strings look a little smaller than those on the guitar (mind you my mind may just be playing with me). The bridge is a six screw strat bridge and it's been decked.

On the topic of the decked bridge, can I down tune while the bridge is decked? Nothing too extreme, just the occasional drop D and Eb.
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Old 02-03-2013, 06:18 PM   #9597
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by decked, if you mean blocked bridge, then yes, changing gauges is fine.
no need to balance the bridge with each change because blocked bridges dont dip or lift out of the body.


when you change gauge, swap one string at a time, and
post back if you notice any setup issues.

you'll want to fret at the 12th, make sure the guitar is still in tune there,
and adjust the saddles up or down if needed.
how to do those things is explained in the first post of this thread.

check there, swap the strings and post back if needed.
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:10 PM   #9598
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It's not blocked with a piece of wood. All the screws were tightened so the bridge is flat down with the blody with no gap between the bridge and body.
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Old 02-03-2013, 10:06 PM   #9599
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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?
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either way, you should still swap the strings, then post back with any issues.
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