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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 04-20-2011, 02:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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First full setup help!

Ok so the batch of strings I bought off ebay arrived today and I want to give my guitar the first full setup to change factory strings, adjust action and intonation, etc. But since it's my first time doing this to a FR I need some advice.

Please check my math:

1. Change strings one by one (any particular order?)
2. Adjust the action and lube the studs with chapstick
3. Adjust intonation (with or without the nut locked?)
4. Lock and fine tune.
5. Play?

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Re: First full setup help!

Yes, I read the guides pretty much and I appreciate your reply as always It's just that I think (so much info on there) that he says in both the action and the intonation guide that "this is the last thing I do". So I'm confused about which is really the last step.

I dont remember which 2 steps said that but I'm sure about it
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Yes, I read the guides pretty much and I appreciate your reply as always It's just that I think (so much info on there) that he says in both the action and the intonation guide that "this is the last thing I do". So I'm confused about which is really the last step.

I dont remember which 2 steps said that but I'm sure about it
Then, go back to your first post and follow that order.



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Re: First full setup help!

You'll be doing alot of tuning throughout the process. You can leave the nut completely unlocked or you can lock the 2 pads on the strings that aren't being adjusted. Sometimes locking the 2 pads will keep those strings from binding on the nut.
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Re: First full setup help!

I'm just sh.. scared about even touching the truss rod. I bought .046 strings and I'm pretty much sure they come set up for .42 so I dont think I'll have an option
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You're not going to need to touch the truss rod if you're only going down to .046



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Re: First full setup help!

Don't be scared of touching the truss rod. Just do little adjustments at a time, like maybe a 1/16th to an 1/8th of a turn. Practice on your gio first. I suggest trying a bunch of different action/relief amounts to find what you like.
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I wouldn't be suprised if you have to adjust the truss rod. Especially if it wasn't quite to your liking to begin with. Even slight changes in tension will affect neck relief.

Don't worry though, it's not a big deal. Just take it easy...a tiny adjustment goes a long way. Adjust a fraction of a turn, and let it sit for a while.
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Re: First full setup help!

Adjusting the trus rod should be the last thing you do. It's only to allow a little neck relief now and then. I wouldn't say it's a necessary part of a general setup unless it's really out of whack.
Get your trem level first. This seems to cause the most frustration among people new to Floyds; and it's not a unique problem to trems like Edge 3 or LoTrsII. If you don't level the trem you're going to be frustrated no matter what. My $0.02, follow Rich's guide (it's REALLY good), get it close by your eye and fine tune the height with a tuner as it's more precise than your eyes. Make only small adjustments on the trem springs and work the vibrato a little to "work" the tension through the springs, then retune. You'll get a good idea of how you need to adjust the springs based on whether you keep going sharp or flat. If you retune over and over and keep going sharp or flat you're doing something wrong.
IMO, save the trus rod for last... and only if needed.
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Re: First full setup help!

How do I unlock the sddles at he bridge to change the trings? Ther's a place to insert an allen wrench just before the clamp but it wont turn either way :S
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Re: First full setup help!

Loosen these allen screws...lefty loosie (counter-clockwise)

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Re: First full setup help!

I did it! Thanks for the picture by the way.

The relief is about 1mm at the 9th fret.. I got it to 1.5mm on the trebble side, and 1.9 on the bass side but it already buzzes. Should I give the truss rod a 1/16th of a turn? I'm following Rich's guide. What do you think?

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