I need help with lowering the action on my jackson. I'm sick of bringing it some place every other time i change the strings, just to get it back to the low action i want it at. can anyone help me? I took some pictures with a camera phone to give you an idea of what i'm dealing with.


-this first link shows a side view of the neck and how high the action is. also note that the high E string sits lower than the rest of the strings, how can i fix this?


-this link shows a side view of the floyd itself. notice the back of the bridge dips slightly into into the guitar.


-this pic is of the back of the guitar with the plate taken off. I know adjusting the screws sapossedly has alot to do with setting up your floyd the way you want. atleast thats what i've been told.


-above shot of the floyd.


-view of bridge from the back.

hopefully these links work for you, but the bandwith on photo bucket sucks. hopefully you can an idea atleast from the descriptions and if you could give me some pointers that would be great. It seems like no one is willing to show me how to set up up my floyd rose guitars correctly. I even offered to pay the guy who sets up my guitars to give me a lesson and he didn't wanna do it!


Last edited by ColinReilly at Jun 11, 2006,
lowering the action just involves screwing down the allen's either side of the bridge right? but i i suggest giving it to somone who noes how to give it a full set up, it can get frustrating otherwise, VERY. but action adjusting is piss easy, dont go to low on the low E or it'll buzz like feck! btw if its high because the bridge isnt inline with the body, youll have to screw in the spring screws in the back, but youll have to retune, so definatly give it to a tech!

hope that helps just a little
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Last edited by Zeds.Ded at Jun 11, 2006,
1) It is normal that the low E (bass string, dont get confused) sits higher than other strings, one reason is that the low E string is larger and needs to be higher, prior that it wont be buzzing, whereas the high e string (treble side) generally is lower because its tension is more and its thin, so doesnt buzz when its low.

ONE MAIN reason why this happens because its a standard factory settings, it WILL be like this for all guitars under factory settings. This is because its to satisfy human's hand motion, which is slanted a bit. If you dont like it, you can adjust it, but its perfectly NORMAL.

Another reason is, its to differenciate all the strings, and not making all at the same height. This is because, you WONT look at your right hand picking all the time do you? you sometimes look at it but you just take a feel to it and your right hand MUST know and get used to all the strings' height. Personally, i had mine the low E is higher whereas the high e is lower than the factory settings. This is also to prevent your pick or picking motion from getting stuck on strings, coz all the height is the same.

2) - all,
Setting up Floyd Rose is very very easy, you just gotta know it. Follow these simple steps to tune it and making it parallel to be body.

Tuning Floyd Rose:
1) Loosen the locking nut
2) Set your fine tuners to middle position
3) Tune up your guitar to standard or whichever tunings u wish
4) If the floating bridge comes out, loosen the tunings and then tighten the springs in the tremolo cavity at the back, if the bridge sinks, then vice-versa, until the bridge is parallel to the body.
5) If you're happy with your tunings and your bridge is well centered, lock in the nut
6) Tune again using the fine tuners

More info on tuning floyd roses - http://www.floydrose.com/originaltremolo.html
Info on changing strings - http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/columns/features/steal_this_video_re-stringing_guitar.html
Picture guide on how to perform the #4 step mentioned above - http://www.fretnotguitarrepair.com/floydrosetremolo.htm

Adjusting the action

Simply just adjust the studs, labeled (B) from above. Its just normal screw motion, clockwise will tighten it, thus lowering the action and vice versa. I dont really suggest you adjust it if the action is ok and there's no buzz around.

Remember, you can do all these simple steps yourself, y need a tech? wastes your cash and time.

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Last edited by madpickin03 at Jun 11, 2006,
goddamn that **** is low.

Just an influence.