Adjusting the Nut Slots: Guitar Setup and Maintenance

After adjusting the truss rod and setting the string saddle heights at the bridge, you can now make the third adjustment, which is to the nut slots.  There are three aspects of the nut slots that you will be addressing in the setup process in order to make sure...

Adjusting a Fender Bridge: Guitar Setup and Maintenance

If you are adjusting a Fender Strat-style guitar with a floating bridge, this is the point at which you will balance the trem so that the strings will pull the bridge base off of the body. Floating Strat bridges do have tuning and stability issues, but if they are of...

Adjusting a Tune-o-Matic Bridge: Guitar Setup and Maintenance

Tune-o-Matic bridges are actually pretty easy to adjust, since the entire bridge sits on two thumbwheels at either side. The radius should be adjusted at the factory, but a good setup tech will check this to make sure that it is correct. Checking the fretboard...

Adjusting the Truss Rod: Guitar Setup and Maintenance

In any setup on a guitar with an adjustable neck, the first step will always be to adjust the truss rod. A guitar neck that is properly adjusted will have a slight amount of relief (not completely flat), which is what allows each fretted note to have a clear shot to...

Introducing Our Guitar Setup and Maintenance Video Series

In our new Guitar Setup and Maintenance video series, Guitar Craft Academy instructor and professional Nashville luthier David Johnson will walk you through each step of the setup process and also cover cleaning electronics and hardware tightening to help your guitar...