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Old 06-18-2019, 10:27 AM
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Default Establishing preferred string measurements?

Building on the thread re: doing your own setups, I do have a great local guy to use. With his good work in place, I'd like a short list of what measurements i should detail so that when a guitar shifts a bit, or I get a new one (crazy, I know!) that I have a good list as to my preferences. Can someone run me through a short list with reference to where and how? Thanks!
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Capo on the first fret, hold down the string over the fret where the neck meets the top (12,13 or 14). There should be a bit of light under the 6th or 7th fret. This is the relief. I like mine about 0.004-0.006”. The nut slots should be cut to the fret heights. I measure the first fret height then place feeler gauges to that height next to the nut and file parallel to the head stock. Finally I prefer action measured from the top of the 12th fret to the under side of the string to be 0.095” on the bass E and 0.060” on the treble e. That just about 3/32” and 2/32” respectively.
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Excellent Jimi, thanks!
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Old 06-18-2019, 04:46 PM
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I guess I like my action low, at the 12th fret of my Yamaha LL16D A.R.E. Black on the treble side between the top of the fret to the bottom of the string, I have .050 and on the bass side I'm at .070 I just changed the bridge saddle to bone, and checked the intonation and everything is sweet, harmonics ring like a bell !!! I'm going to play it for about 2 weeks with the bone saddle, and then switch it back to the tusk saddle which is identical, and see which one sounds the best to me !!!
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Old 06-18-2019, 05:43 PM
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3 basic locations to measure:

1) nut: I use feeer gauges to measure height of the string of the first fret.
For me, .01 to 0.002” from low to high E. I would sort the nut first and then work around that.

2) relief around the 7th fret. Simple: turn the truss rod to a region of around .01” I go 0.005” as someone who doesn’t attack the strings too hard.

3) saddle, but measured around the 12th fret:
If you capo the first fret, measure at the 13th fret so the math works out perfectly to adjust the saddle. As usual, lower the saddle by the distance you want to lower the string height at the 12/13th fret, doubled.
I range around 0.055” to 0.035” low to high E.
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