Instrument setup

Here is a short tutorial to help you setting-up your instrument. Measurements are to be adapted depending on the instrument.

Prepare a clean workspace, remove the strings.

 Tools

Top to bottom, left to right :
- Lemon Oil
- Wedge, see later why
- Strings, easier with 'em don’t you think ?
- Cutting pliers
- Dust-cloth
- 0000 Steel Wool
- Brush, for cleaning, you can replace it with a pressure cleaner
- WD40, to clean pots and switches
- Ruler
- Hex and Allen keys for Gibson, Ibanez guitars.
- Finally, an ESP key for Tune-O-Matic bridges, very handy. 

Time to clean this poor exposition guitar !

 

 

Protect the guitar and pickups properly so they don't attract steel wool.

 

 Start cleaning the fretboard with steel wool widthways

 

 

 Then rub again lengthways following the wood

 

 

Apply lemon oil

 

 

Wait 30 minutes and remove the remaining oil with a duster.

 

Strings change

Now time to put new strings on !

If you never know how much length you need to leave to wrap the string, here is a tip :
Vous rentrez la corde dans la mécanique puis vous laissez :
- 10 cm (3,9") at the 12th string for E, A and D strings
- 12 cm (4,7") for G, B and E strings
To save some time, you can build a 3,9" to 4.7" wedge.

Hand or machine wrapping and tuning.
Pull the strings several times and tune again to set them up.

 

Neck setup

Cut the extra length on the strings, and let's set it up.
First of all, the neck setup.
To properly see the straightness/relief of the neck, fret the first and last frets and mesure the gap created at the 12th fret, It should be between 0,2 (0.08”) and 0,4 (0.16”) millimeters.
- If it's wider than that, your neck has too much relief, you need to rotate the truss-rod clockwise.
- If it's less wide or there is no gap at all, your neck is too bowed, you need to rotate the truss rod counter-clockwise.
Beware not to rotate it more than one sixth of a revolution at each time!

 

Strings Height

Let's now set up strings height.
To do so, use the two Allen screws on each saddle.
Good height for a standard electric guitar would be :
− 1,2-1,5 mm/0,047"-0,059" for High E
- 1,5-1,8 mm/0,059"-0,071" for Low E
And for a standard E-Bass:
- 1,5-1,8 mm/0,059"-0,071" for the G
- 1,8-2,1 mm/0,071"-0,083" for low E

Patterns exist to help you to follow the fingerboard radius perfectly.

Harmonics

And finally, setting up the harmonics. Tune your guitar perfectly then fret at the 12th fret :
− If the note you're obtaining is higher than the open string,
you need to give some length to the string, and then screw the screw located at the rear of the saddle clockwise.
− If the note is lower,
you need to remove some length by screw counter-clockwise. 
After doing this, your saddles should be in a stair-like shape.