#1
I changed my strings from 10's to 9's to help with the action on a guitar I cant afford to get set up now. I did this one string at a time tuning one at a time and I noticed that all my neck bow is gone.
The fret board is flat. I have never messed with the truss rod nor do I know if it the two way type or one way. or If loosing it would help. Any ideas? I want to go back to 10'S The action was mainly an issue because of the high bridge adjustments (before the string change).

Right now I am getting fret buzz unless I raise the strings at the bridge. It is a bit annoying. Any suggestions? Ideally I would take it in but I don't have the 50 bucks my shop charges.
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#2
you need to adjust the neck relief for the new string gauge. To do this you need to turn the truss rod a bit at a time until you get the desired relief.
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#3
A truss rod counters the tension of the strings. When you changed from 10's to 9's, you reduced the tension of the strings, and it was that tension that tends to cause a bow in the neck. The truss rod should be loosened slightly to get the same action that you had with the 10's.

Generally, it's righty tighty, lefty loosey, and you'll want to adjust in no greater than 1/4 turn (I usually work with an eighth of a turn) at a time. Then retune the guitar (it will have gone slightly flat) and play it for a while.

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#4
Thank you I had no idea the string change would lower the over string tension. Live and learn. I think I am going to wait until I change strings again back to 10's to adjust that neck. The buzz is annoying but the amp sound is still clean.

I also plan on changing the bridge and the springs because I have some strange bridge that has a missing tremolo bar and some striped screws for the string height adjustment. They sell the kit on flea bay for about 10 bucks. Includes the bridge, springs, tremolo, etc.

I know its ebay but this was a 40 used guitar and I am not willing to put much money into it for now. If I stick with it I will consider getting an Epiphone in a year or so. And maybe some day a Les Paul.

I have become fond of my guitars narrow neck in comparison to a les paul or my daughters "j.reynalds" Strat type guitar.
I play on a guitar with no name. I think I will call her Arcane.


Guitars

Arcane (My mystery 6 string HSS Strat type)

J. Reynolds (6 String SSS Strat type)

Amps

Axtron GA-10
#5
Quote by panoussigabriel
Any ideas? I want to go back to 10'S


If you want to go back then don't adjust the truss rod yet. Re-string it one at a time and, if the gauges are as before, then it should go back to where you started (ish).
#6
Quote by SpiderM
If you want to go back then don't adjust the truss rod yet. Re-string it one at a time and, if the gauges are as before, then it should go back to where you started (ish).


Perfect! I will play with the nines for now until I get a new bridge then change it all up and see how the neck does. Then I will adjust the bridge height and length. I need to wait a bit on the new purchases. Or I could just do another string change now They are only 2.00.

Good to know that the strings alone will help the issue.
I play on a guitar with no name. I think I will call her Arcane.


Guitars

Arcane (My mystery 6 string HSS Strat type)

J. Reynolds (6 String SSS Strat type)

Amps

Axtron GA-10
#7
Update: The string change did help some but I do need to play with my truss rod at some point.

I took the dust cover off and could not determine what type of wrench was needed. From what I saw every thing was round?!
I play on a guitar with no name. I think I will call her Arcane.


Guitars

Arcane (My mystery 6 string HSS Strat type)

J. Reynolds (6 String SSS Strat type)

Amps

Axtron GA-10
#8
It uses Allen keys most likely. The entire rod is round so you insert the key into the square head.
#9
Most likely you're either going to want a 5mm, 4mm or 5/16 allen wrench depending on what guitar you have.
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#10
I will have to find my allen wrenches. I dont want to mess it up but I have very little relief. High action with no fret buzz though.
I play on a guitar with no name. I think I will call her Arcane.


Guitars

Arcane (My mystery 6 string HSS Strat type)

J. Reynolds (6 String SSS Strat type)

Amps

Axtron GA-10
#11
"Very little relief" is just fine as long as you have no fret buzz.
High action isn't my favorite, however... but a truss rod adjustment isn't going to help that.
#12
Quote by dspellman
"Very little relief" is just fine as long as you have no fret buzz.
High action isn't my favorite, however... but a truss rod adjustment isn't going to help that.


That is disappointing. You know I adjusted the screws on the saddle for the string height and I have the screws nearly all the way out with the saddles themselves nearly touching the bottom of the guitar. Yet I still have a high action.

Could the be related to the tremolo bridge being pulled down all the way to the guitar body? I hear fender says there should be an 1/8 of an inch gap between the trem bridge and the body.
I play on a guitar with no name. I think I will call her Arcane.


Guitars

Arcane (My mystery 6 string HSS Strat type)

J. Reynolds (6 String SSS Strat type)

Amps

Axtron GA-10
#13
You wouldn't mess with individual saddles to change the action as a whole. To do that you'd turn the bridge posts against which the tremolo works. But you're saying that too is all the way down? And you still think the action is high? Can we get a pic of this?
#14
Here are a few pics











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Guitars

Arcane (My mystery 6 string HSS Strat type)

J. Reynolds (6 String SSS Strat type)

Amps

Axtron GA-10
Last edited by panoussigabriel at Jul 11, 2015,
#15
you need to adjust the truss rod to fix that issue
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#17
Here are some pictures of the nut. The last picture is one of the bridge it is slammed to the body of the guitar.


















I play on a guitar with no name. I think I will call her Arcane.


Guitars

Arcane (My mystery 6 string HSS Strat type)

J. Reynolds (6 String SSS Strat type)

Amps

Axtron GA-10
#18
That nut needs some work. The strings are high and the nut's overall height is so high that to even get the action you have the slots end up too deep in the nut. That Low E looks buried.
Moving on.....
#19
Quote by KenG
That nut needs some work. The strings are high and the nut's overall height is so high that to even get the action you have the slots end up too deep in the nut. That Low E looks buried.


Yeah, someone has butchered the nut!
#20
That action is pretty bad. As mentioned the nut looks messed up. Also the bridge height will need adjusting in addition to the neck. I recommend going to a pro. Won't be so expensive but adjusting all of it takes some experience
Last edited by 21GunSalute at Jul 13, 2015,
#21
I see. Thank you all. I guess I will look around for a music shop. Tough to find in luxurious Flint Michigan I may have to go to Detroit or Lansing.
I play on a guitar with no name. I think I will call her Arcane.


Guitars

Arcane (My mystery 6 string HSS Strat type)

J. Reynolds (6 String SSS Strat type)

Amps

Axtron GA-10