Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Connecticut, USA
Setting action is the last thing I do. I always adjust the truss rod first if need be.Plus you need to have the guitar in tune when you check it and then re-tune it after you aadjsut the truss rod.
The simplest way to check for relief is to hold the low E string down at the first fret.Then I hold down at the 12th fret with my thumb of my right hand.There should be clearance all the way down the length of the string.The string should not be hitting any frets.As you look between the string and the frets, you should notice that the clearance is a bit greater around the 5th to 7th fret.
IF you are ok at this point, the continue holding the 1st and 12th fret, and use your middle finger of your right hand to tap on the low E string at around the 4th or 5th fret. THere must be clearance still
If there is too much clearance, then you turn the truss rod cloc;wise to tighten it and straighten the neck. IF the string is hitting the frets because of a back bow, then you loosen the truss rod by turning it counter clockwise.
Remember ot retune after you make truss rod adjustments. Then when your relief is right, you adjsut the bridge height for best possible action.That will not effect your neck relief.