#1
Hi all,

My gibson les paul has a bit of fret buzz at the moment around frets 4-9 and i don't think there is enough neck relief as it is very straight. I've tried raising the action and this hasn't helped at all. Question is, how much relief is there meant to be? When I hold fret 1 and fret 17 (where neck meets body) i can't get a credit card in the gap without raising the string, so does this mean there isn't enough?

Also, the the treble side of the neck seems to be straighter than the bass side, is this a worry?

Thanks.
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#2
Relief is really just to be enough to get rid of all buzz with maximum playability, i dont know any way other than that its worked, tho obviously you dont want large amounts of bowing.

Im not really sure what you mean about holding frets 1 and 17, action is checked usually be distance between string and 12th fret.

To be honest, id take it to a guitar tech if it was me and get it set up if your not sure, the bass side will have slightly more bend but how its not a lot.
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Relief is really just to be enough to get rid of all buzz with maximum playability, i dont know any way other than that its worked, tho obviously you dont want large amounts of bowing.

Im not really sure what you mean about holding frets 1 and 17, action is checked usually be distance between string and 12th fret.

To be honest, id take it to a guitar tech if it was me and get it set up if your not sure, the bass side will have slightly more bend but how its not a lot.

He's not checking action, he's checking neck relief and he's doing it correctly,

TS, sounds like there's not quite enough of a gap there so the truss rod could probably do with loosening about 1/8 of a turn - however as always only do it if your 100% confident. Mark the original position of the rod, adjust it, then leave the guitar overnight to settle.
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He's not checking action, he's checking neck relief and he's doing it correctly,

TS, sounds like there's not quite enough of a gap there so the truss rod could probably do with loosening about 1/8 of a turn - however as always only do it if your 100% confident. Mark the original position of the rod, adjust it, then leave the guitar overnight to settle.


Ive never heard of holding down at frets 1 and 17 to check neck relief, i assumed it was action he was looking at as well as relief
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#6
just to add, dont force the turn, and make sure you're starting with a level bridge.
listen to steven seagull, he knows what he's talking about.

it might take a couple of days, take your time.

if you want, you can keep measure over the high e and the low E side. keep comparing make sure the neck is ok.
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#7
i was always told to use a playing card.... not a credit card to check the truss rod settings, being that a credit card is considerably thicker than at playing card this may give your neck too much bow, and you will have fret buzz on the opposite frets
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#8
if you want a pin straight neck with no back bow, then go for a tiny gap.

some guitars can support this. most cant without any buzz.
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