Guitar set up

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Elum
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Guitar set up

Post by Elum » July 22nd, 2018, 8:34 am

Hi guys,

I have a fairly new American Telecaster (2016) and I'm just a bit concerned that it's not playing as well as it should. Im happy with the sound but for the price I paid for it I think the action could be a lot better do you think it's worth putting it in to a tech to have a look? I was over at a relatives today and he pulled out a sunn mustang and the action on it was unbelievable - much better than the tele - he paid peanuts for it at a car boot sale so it got me wondering...

Any info would be greatly appreciated,

Liam.

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Re: Guitar set up

Post by unleashedfury » July 26th, 2018, 11:03 pm

Interesting enough, guitars of different styles with the same manufacturer will have some differences as far as action.

The Tele has a different bridge and I think nut than a mustang.

How long have you owned it? Was it ever checked over?


My best analogy as a mechanic is this. A guitar is just like a car. You got to take it in for a tune up every now and again to make sure your getting the best possible performance out of it.

Even with good care and maintenance things like action and intonation do change over time as the wood ages and the atmosphere the guitar lives in. Worst comes to worst take it to a tech if you are not comfortable with making changes on your own. and have them look at it. might just need some sprucing up, a truss rod adjustment. maybe a bit of cleaning around the nut to hold better intonation.

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Re: Guitar set up

Post by Elum » August 6th, 2018, 9:07 pm

Iv had it about 6 months and as far as I know there was only 1 previous owner from new. I've taken it to a local Luthier so will wait and see what he says. I had a quick chat with him before I left and he pointed out that the truss would probably need tightened and a few other bits on the bridge needing tweaked as well. He said it never ceases to shock him the poor quality of the set up on some of the guitars that the big names put out and then charge an arm and a leg for it......

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Re: Guitar set up

Post by oldstrummer » August 8th, 2018, 7:07 am

I had a couple of old (1957 Gibson and 1971 Framus) tuned up by a local, reputable luthier. I told him I bought a brand new Taylor acoustic from a company that boasted a "55-point evaluation."

"Bring it to me," he told me. So I did. And sure enough, he found several "tweaks" that made a really good guitar even better!

If you have a luthier, or even a shop that you trust, I'll bet you'll see improvements you didn't even know could be made in your guitar.
Duke Ellington said it best: "If it sounds good, it IS good!"

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Re: Guitar set up

Post by Elum » August 14th, 2018, 9:59 pm

So I got the Tele back from the Luthier and I have to say I'm very impressed it now plays the way you would expect it to. He let me play one of his acoustics that he built from scratch again very impressed I can't remember ever playing anything better including the top ones while trying out in guitar shops. I am now seriously considering getting him to build me one....

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