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Main Forums => Technical Discussion => Topic started by: Joel OM on August 18, 2006, 04:30:52 PM

Title: My neck
Post by: Joel OM on August 18, 2006, 04:30:52 PM
Hello everyone,

I bought my OM-03 a couple weeks ago and am noticing why the action from the 6th to 9th or 10th fret is unusually high, theres a prety good bow in the neck.  I am very inexperienced when it comes to the technical aspect of guitars, adjusting this or that etc. Is this common? easily fixed? inexpensively fixed?

Also, what does a "set up" involve? would lowering the saddle or nut slightly help my guitar play smoother?

I remember playing my teachers larrivee, who said no one ever adjusted it in the slightest, just came out of the box like that, but mine is not at the same level, and he even uses heavy strings.

Sorry for my ignorance, I am just looking for a little guidance so I dont spend too much, and so I know in the future what to look/ask for.

Thanks for any help!


Title: Re: My neck
Post by: drathbun on August 18, 2006, 04:41:55 PM
Sometimes the setup from the factory is just right for an individual player. Mostly guitars are shipped with slightly higher than normal setup at both the saddle and the nut.

The curvature of the neck is called "relief". You can check this by fretting the sixth string (low E) at the first and the 14th frets and checking how much clearance there is between the sixth fret and the bottom of the string. I generally capo at the first fret to allow my left hand free to slide a business card between the sixth fret and the string. If there is a slight drag, the relief is just right (for me... YMMV). If there is too much space there (too much relief) give the truss rod a 1/4 to 1/2 turn clockwise to tighten it. If the card won't go under, loosen the truss rod. Let the adjustment sit overnight before checking the results.

It sounds to me like you have a bit more relief in the neck than optimal, plus your saddle needs lowering. If you have never done these kinds of adjustments to an acoustic guitar, take it to your local luthier/guitar tech and ask for a setup. A setup is generally $30-$40 plus the cost of new strings (if you want them) and is well worth it. The luthier will also check the setup of your nut which is generally too high right out of the box and impairs fretting at the lower frets (F barre chords for example).

Hope this helps.

Some good reading about setups here (

Title: Re: My neck
Post by: Barefoot Rob on August 18, 2006, 08:49:43 PM
+1 on the info.Check with your local repair person because prices do vary for setups.Anywhere fro $30 to $100.

Title: Re: My neck
Post by: drathbun on August 19, 2006, 12:57:31 AM
I suppose the $100 setup comes with a new bone nut and saddle, new strings and a chocolate mint on the pillow?

Title: Re: My neck
Post by: Barefoot Rob on August 19, 2006, 02:16:50 AM
From what hear not even that and you have to wait 3 weeks to get your guitar back. :GRN>