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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-07-2012, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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Neck alignment.

I bought an RG920 from Sweetwater back a while ago, and if you have been there you may know that they have pictures up of the guitar you are to potentially purchase. When I was looking at the photo's head on of mine, I noticed that the sting alignment was near perfect down the finger board (unlike many others I have seen.) Though when I received the guitar I noticed that the strings were drifting to the base side (go figure, there is more tension on this side.)

Nonetheless, this is pretty much my first bolt on neck guitar other than an old cheap Squire (I play a lot of set necks) and I am guessing shipment got rough and knocked it out of alignment?

Last night I loosened the strings, the trem springs, and also put some playing cards under the trem to further loosen the strings. I then slightly loosened the four neck joint bolts and adjusted the neck to where the string alignment was about perfect. I tightened the screws quite a bit after finishing.

Though now every time I pick the guitar up I am "all careful" with it afraid its going to go out again. Is this a common occurrence with bolt on necks?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-07-2012, 05:51 AM
 
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Re: Neck alignment.

It should stay put now. Don't worry about it. I don't think i've ever had a neck shift after an initial setup. The rough ride during shipping and the changes in temperature and humidity probably caused it to shift.
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-07-2012, 07:43 AM
 
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Re: Neck alignment.

It depends on how loose the neck and body fit together.
I've had a few that just wont stay where I want them.
You can put a thin side shim in to keep it from drifting back.
You will hear a crack noise when it shifts back.
They tend to go back to a position you may or may not like without the shim in some cases.
Keep in mind that you push the high E up and pull the low E down.
As long as the high E is not falling off the fretboard, it is not a big deal.
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