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LOWERING the ACTION on my GUITAR...

Discussion in 'Channel Zero' started by NoEZ, Dec 7, 2003.

  1. NoEZ

    NoEZ New Jack

    Joined: Dec 25, 2001 Messages: 0 Likes Received: 0
    Ok ...I don't know much about this but I've been told the action on my guitar is too high. So I need to get it lowered. I need it lowered by monday night and I don;t have money to pay for any type of maintenance. So I thought I'd try and do it myself. I looked on the internet for tutorials but can't find shit. Does any body know about any of this and could talk me through it. I'd be very greatful.

    I have a Epiphone Les Paul Standard if that helps any.
     
  2. TURBOCAPSLOK

    TURBOCAPSLOK Elite Member

    Joined: Dec 4, 2003 Messages: 2,550 Likes Received: 1
    MY GUITAR HAS CANDY IN IT
     
  3. Dick Quickwood

    Dick Quickwood 12oz Loyalist

    Joined: Aug 25, 2002 Messages: 14,783 Likes Received: 14
    i thought gibson made les pauls
     
  4. some pittsburgh flavor

    some pittsburgh flavor Elite Member

    Joined: Mar 31, 2001 Messages: 4,936 Likes Received: 0
    look at your bridge... each of the strings should be held in there with an independent suspension (with springs or something) and there should be a place for a whammy bar or whatever, but maybe not. anyhow, there should be 6 allen wrench slots or screwdriver holes where you can turn to the left or the right and raise or lower each string. remember, too high = too ahrd to play, too low = buzzzz
     
  5. NoEZ

    NoEZ New Jack

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    That explains some but I would liek to know more if there is more.
     
  6. Æ°

    Æ° Senior Member

    Joined: May 12, 2002 Messages: 1,974 Likes Received: 6
    Just quit playing now.


    You ain't no Randy Rhodes, DICKMOUTH!



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  7. Smart

    Smart Dirty Dozen Crew

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    No way, you should have a Tune-O-Matic bridge, it's easy as pie to adjust....

    You have a tail piece and brige (2 piece) type brige right?
     
  8. NoEZ

    NoEZ New Jack

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    Epiphone is owned by Gibson or somthing liek that. It's like the affordable versions of the Gibson models.
     
  9. NoEZ

    NoEZ New Jack

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    Yea Smart it's 2 piece.
     
  10. some pittsburgh flavor

    some pittsburgh flavor Elite Member

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    hmm... well, that's pretty much it, i dont know though, i have a yamaha... you can probably just tinker around if what i described doesn't exist on your guitar. anything you unscrew can always be re-screwed


    edit: i probably dont know what i'm talking about
     
  11. Smart

    Smart Dirty Dozen Crew

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    so... detune your guitar... underneath the front part, the actual bridge, on each end of it should be turnable screws, they stick up through to hold the bridge in place... to lower action, turn the screws with your thumbs and forefinger clock-wise, tune up your guitar again and check to see if it buzzes...

    Check by playing every other fret up each string and listening for buzz, if you like the new action, double check by playing every fret and doing a couple of bends (action that's too low can fret out when you bend)... If you don't like it just tune down and repeat the process...
     
  12. Smart

    Smart Dirty Dozen Crew

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    Adjust this part...
    http://www.harmony-central.com/Newp/2001/System-II-Bridge.jpg'>

    *You might also need to lower your pick-ups but that's pretty east too...
     
  13. Smart

    Smart Dirty Dozen Crew

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    the individual saddles adjust back and forth to adjust intonation, you probably don't want to screw with that... you need an electronic tuner to do that and it's tedious...
     
  14. NoEZ

    NoEZ New Jack

    Joined: Dec 25, 2001 Messages: 0 Likes Received: 0
    Thanks Smart and SPF. I think I can figure it out now.
     
  15. EyeforAnEYE

    EyeforAnEYE Elite Member

    Joined: Sep 29, 2003 Messages: 4,199 Likes Received: 3
    I dropped $1000 dollars last year for a 1962 gibson SG mohoganoy red re-issue, this guitar plays its self, shes a beauty.
     
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