About to embark on a major setup journey. Help needed.
Hi guys. I got a gig with my band coming up in the second week of November (the 12th IIRC), and I really need to get my guitars in tip top shape. I've got two guitars. The normal RG520, and I also have and HSS RX60.
I basically plan on doing a variation on Rich's "used guitar" setup tutorial. But here is precisely what I'm doing. I should be doing this to each guitar where valid.
Take off the trem, neck.
Give the neck a thorough cleaning a la Rich's UGP. This will include cleaning, and taking 0000 steel wool to the board, and masking the board and polishing the frets to a nice shine, and then finally oiling the board. Would it be recommended to also lightly go over the back of the neck with steel wool to get that darn eternal stickiness off?
Next I guess I'd be off to cleaning all the hardware, probably taking a toothbrush to them and stuff, nothing too intrinsic... whatever that word means lol.
So I imagine I'll be doing a lot of polishing to the body as well, you can recommend a good (cheaper) polish that can actually be found in small mom and pop stores.
So on to the setup: I plan on going as low as I can, while still able to do a 3-half-step bend, at any point on the fretboard. I'm not too concerned about trem pull-up. this is actually a pop-rock gig, with mild shredding. But it would be advisable to leave my shim (a business card, cut in half) in place? I'd think it would, because it may be an optimal neck angle, but let me know.
I'll be lubing my trem with chapstick on the knives and posts.
Actually I think that about covers it. If there is anything I am forgetting about, or will need to keep in mind, or am just plain wrong about, please let me know!!!
Last edited by fwd0120; 10-28-2011 at 12:57 PM.