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post #16 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-28-2018, 08:40 PM
 
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Re: Nut Height - Ibanez Rules article; still an issue ?

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You've probably adjusted everything else to your liking and if you added any relief it would increase first fret action.
I'm definitely setting this after I set the relief. It's been a little while I guess I can't remember what I was thinking? Sucks getting old!
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post #17 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-30-2018, 07:44 PM
 
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Re: Nut Height - Ibanez Rules article; still an issue ?

I was wondering why some models had a nut shim and why some didn't as my older cheaper '03 RG 320FM has a shim under the nut and i was wondering why. Good information.
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post #18 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-31-2018, 07:27 AM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Nut Height - Ibanez Rules article; still an issue ?

Bit of a datapoint.

I've got 3 RG Prestiges: A ~2008, knocked about, RG1570 - fairly cheap from a dealer; a ~2011 less cheap, ebay, used but tidy RG3250MZ; a new RG652KFX-KB.

On both the 3250 & 652, I would say the nut is way too high. In both cases, a tuner on the 1-5 frets says the intonation is all over the place [I've tried various intonation set-up schemes]. Tuning, esp on E6, needs to be something of a compromise.

[On the RG3250MZ, whoever had adjusted the bridge height, seemed to not understand the lock screws - which suggests a lack of clue.]

By contrast, the 1570 [which seems to have had a fairly hard, gigged life], has the nut height set in line with the article; and good intonation along the neck. I suspect it's been set up by someone that knows their stuff.

So, as you'd expect, this supports the view that an overly high, nut messes up tuning/intonation.

I reckon I'll shortly be looking at shimming the RG3250MZ nut; and probably have the local set-up guru look at the RG652 nut. [I don't mind gently twiddling things, but taking files to a new guitar is outside my comfort zone...] Though I might just take the RG3250MZ to the guru. He's friendly, and it's an interesting guitar.
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