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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-23-2017, 09:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Do I need to lower my neck angle?

I think the neck angle of my RG421 is too high, which is causing my headstock to be at a higher level than my body. You can see in the attached photos the difference in width between the neck and the body as you look towards the left.

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I took the neck off, but there were no shims. There was a lot of dust though, that I shook and blew off.

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What can I do now to lower neck angle? Should I try tightening the screws as much as possible? I have not reattached the neck yet. Could someone also give me instructions to do that without any equipment?
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-23-2017, 01:31 PM
 
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Re: Do I need to lower my neck angle?

What is the action like on the guitar? If it's good, and you like it, then the headstock angle or height doesn't matter. Don't change it for aesthetic reasons, or in other words, for the way it looks. Only adjust it for technical reasons.

If the action is too high then you could effectively tilt the headstock back by putting a thin shim at the very end of the neck, between the two screw holes nearest your neck pick-up. You won't need much - literally a thin piece of card like from a business card or a matchbox. The neck joint screws need to be tight but hand tight with a normal crosshead screwdriver, not a power tool at maximum torque.

Cheers for now.
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