You will need
- 1) Guitar
- 2) Screwdriver
The essence of the settings of the fretboard is the adjustment of the balance of his string relative to the lower frets. This should be possible to loosen the strings. Once the strings are weakened you may notice that the fretboard of the guitar began to walk freely up and down. If not, then use a screwdriver to remove the screw that secures the neck to the body of the guitar.
Turn the screw only to the neck could move. There is no need to Unscrew it completely. Now take the neck at the base of the head of the guitar. Move it up and down. Notice how the gap between it and the strings at the lower frets. Will expose to you the necessary clearance. Ideally, it should be no more than six inches. Every guitarist puts this value on his own.
Fix this gap, keeping the neck in proper position. Use a screwdriver to tighten the screw that secures the neck to the body of the guitar. Try to make the fretboard as fixed, but not drag. Then proceed to configure the strings. In case of inconvenience, you can repeat the procedure again, finding a balance that you like.
Advice 2: How to straighten a guitar neck
If your guitar fretboard is uneven, this does not mean that the tool is broken. The most common problems are too much distance between strings and frets, and the distance is too small in order for the string to sound. Proper tuning of the fretboard allows you to solve both of these problems.
You will need
- - adjusting wrench or screwdriver depending on the type of anchor;
- - half-meter steel strip or ruler.
Take a customized guitar.
Put her on her knees this way as if you are going to play it. The following measurements do not spend on the instrument, lying horizontally. The force of gravity will give the neck an unnatural position that will negatively affect the measurement result and, as a consequence, the configuration of the tool.
Put the steel strip or line on the neck so that one end touched the first fret, and the other last.
Measure the clearance between the seventh fret and the ruler.
If the clearance is less than 0.15-0.2 mm, take the adjusting wrench or screwdriver and turn the nut of the anchor counterclockwise. This will weaken the anchor rod and increase the distance between strings and fretboard.
If your test shows a gap of more than 0.4-0.5 mm, tighten the truss rod. Twist the nut anchor clockwise.
Remember that to turn the truss rod should be very careful and slow. Do one at a time not more than 1/10 – 1/4 of a turn. Changes in deflection are not always immediately visible because the tree has inertia. Making one turn, leave the tool alone for 15-20 minutes. This time would be sufficient for the manifestation of changes
Do not attempt to adjust the neck, if you are sure that you will be able to do it right. The wrong setting can cause damage to the anchor and, as a consequence, the whole of the fretboard.