Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: Melbourne, FL 32940
Re: Need help with initial setup. Custom Build.
Looks like the neck needs a shim at the neck pickup end to lower the action.
But, this may cause a lot of buzzing depending on the frets and nut height.
As far as truss rod adjustments go, I lightly hold the strings down on the bridge side of the 24th fret, past the 24th fret. Then I pluck the strings between the nut and the 24th fret, picking over the fretboard. I like my action very, very low, so I straighten the neck until I hear a little buzz on the D and G strings, then I look at the bridge height and neck angle. I've run in to the problem of the whole neck needing to be raised up to keep the bridge from bottoming out in the body. Also, nut shims may be needed when everything plays correctly but your open strings buzz.