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LOWERING the ACTION on my GUITAR...

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

  1. NoEZ

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    LOWERING the ACTION on my GUITAR...

    Discussion started by NoEZ - Dec 7, 2003

    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.
     
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    TURBOCAPSLOK - Replied Dec 7, 2003

    MY GUITAR HAS CANDY IN IT
     
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    Dick Quickwood - Replied Dec 7, 2003

    i thought gibson made les pauls
     
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  4. some pittsburgh flavor

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    some pittsburgh flavor - Replied Dec 7, 2003

    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
     
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    NoEZ - Replied Dec 7, 2003

    That explains some but I would liek to know more if there is more.
     
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    Æ° - Replied Dec 7, 2003

    Just quit playing now.


    You ain't no Randy Rhodes, DICKMOUTH!



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    Smart - Replied Dec 7, 2003

    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?
     
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    NoEZ - Replied Dec 7, 2003

    Epiphone is owned by Gibson or somthing liek that. It's like the affordable versions of the Gibson models.
     
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    NoEZ - Replied Dec 7, 2003

    Yea Smart it's 2 piece.
     
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    some pittsburgh flavor - Replied Dec 7, 2003

    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
     
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    Smart - Replied Dec 7, 2003

    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...
     
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    Smart - Replied Dec 7, 2003

    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...
     
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    Smart - Replied Dec 7, 2003

    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...
     
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    NoEZ - Replied Dec 7, 2003

    Thanks Smart and SPF. I think I can figure it out now.
     
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    EyeforAnEYE - Replied Dec 7, 2003

    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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