#1
So I bought an Ibanez 7 string a few months back, basically from the factory with no setup at all, and I have yet to find that happy medium of low strings with no fret buzz or dead notes. The way i have it right now the highest 3 strings are the perfect distance from the fretboard, just the way I'd want it. but as you get lower, the higher up i have the bridge sattles sitting. The low b string is about a quarter inch off the board at the 15th fret, and the e and a arent much closer than that. and all three of those strings still buzz at the first fret.

I feel like im doing something wrong here, considering my epi lp and jaguar both have great setups, and i never had much trouble making adjustments. the high e string, b and g are at the same distance, give or take, from the ibanez's current setup, and the low end isnt ridiculously high up on either of them.

Could anyone give me some pointers here? I feel like i know what im doing but i could easily be forgetting something.
Ibanez S7521qm 7 string
Ibanez S771pb
Fender Jaguar HH Special
PRS SE Custom 24 7 string
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
#2
First off, with the truss rod, remember all this does is adjusts relief. Along as your relief is acceptable, you will want to leave that alone.

A good guide I can give you is this http://www.guitarrepairbench.com/electric-guitar-repairs/adjust_action_nut.html .

That site also guides you through a full set up here http://www.guitarrepairbench.com/electric-guitar-repairs/electric_guitar_setup.html

If you have to adjust the truss rod, go gently, but don't be too worried. As long as your not cranking it as hard as you can you will be fine. Most people recommend no more than a 1/4 turn at a time, although that is debatable I would stick to that.
#3
Sounds like the nut slots are cut too deep on those strings. With the strings 1/4 inch above the neck, (if I understood that right) there's no way they should still be getting fret buzz. You should be able to set them less than 1/8 inch and still have no fret buzz, that's usually my starting point for a setup.

Here's another good site for setup info.

http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/pagelist.html
Hmmm...I wonder what this button does...
#4
Quote by Paleo Pete
Sounds like the nut slots are cut too deep on those strings. With the strings 1/4 inch above the neck, (if I understood that right) there's no way they should still be getting fret buzz. You should be able to set them less than 1/8 inch and still have no fret buzz, that's usually my starting point for a setup.

Here's another good site for setup info.

http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/pagelist.html


let me clarify, the strings I said arent buzzing when played open, just when you hit the first fret. I actually thought the nut was cut too low as well and tried putting a few layers of paper under the string to see if the raised height would help it out, and it did not. When I turn the truss counter clockwise a half turn or so, I can get the strings closer, but then the higher strings need to be raised or I get a lot of dead notes.
Ibanez S7521qm 7 string
Ibanez S771pb
Fender Jaguar HH Special
PRS SE Custom 24 7 string
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
#6
YouTube is your friend. There are a great many videos about setting up guitars available. Watch several and you will see what is consistent information and what is specific to that one guy.