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New to Guitar or Pro?

//New to Guitar or Pro?

New to Guitar or Pro?

Whether you are a new guitar player or one who’s been around a while you have something in common! Your guitar needs a setup. Why? Your guitar must feel comfortable and consistent all the way up the neck for you to get comfortable with your best playing.

You need to be happy with your guitar setup

You absolutely need to be pleased, surprised and very comfortable with the feel, action and performance of your guitar setup. Are you thrilled with it? You should be whether you are new to guitar or been around. Find out what you’re missing and go get a great setup for your guitar to match your style, playing comfort and level of expertise.

Set up a guitar with a p-90
Set up a guitar with a p-90

Whether you are New or a Pro you need a good guitar setup.

The frets need to be leveled. They must be crowned and then most importantly, smoothly polished. They need to be smooth for glass-like string bending. The string heights and action need to be right. Why? Simply because in a great setup, all strings must be the same distance from the top of each fret underneath and the action must be “custom fit” to the player. The guitar should be tuned and the intonation checked, adjusted and locked in. Only after all of these operations have been performed in the exact and correct order are we now ready to play a comfortable and overall in-tune playing instrument.

A Great Guitar Setup

In a guitar setup that is great, it just feels great and play is consistent all the way up the neck effortlessly. The strings feel just the right height from the fret board. There are no dead notes. It sounds great.

How We Set Up a Guitar at Haywire Custom Guitars

The truss rod is the first item we look at. If it’s bowed or humped it gets straightened. Next is the string margins all the way from the head stock area to the last fret. Are margins correct on both “E” strings. Do you have the same amount of space from the strings to the edge of the fret board? If not we correct it. Is the nut cut properly? Are the strings too high at the first fret? If so, it makes for action too high and hard playing. We’ll re-cut the nut. Are the string slots in the nut cut too low allowing the strings to “buzz” at the first fret when forming open chords? We’ll fix that too. The next step is to add your favorite strings and set the action as low as possible. Why, because it can always go up without any buzz if it plays great with “low” action. If low action cannot be achieved then we’ll level the frets. That will get it super low. We love it when you can stay and watch during the guitar setup. It’s time to “test and play”. We want you there to do it. Once it’s approved by you then we’re done.

By | 2024-01-21T08:46:12-05:00 October 7th, 2023|Guitar Education|0 Comments

About the Author:

Mr. Rick Mariner Owner and Founder and CEO of Haywire Custom Guitars Inc. He is a member of The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (A.S.I.A.) as well as a guitar player. Rick holds a bachelors degree from University of Md. and a Masters degree from George Washington University. Rick developed his exclusive 8 – Point “Gig- Ready” guitar process that allows for Custom Guitars that are “GIG-READY”. With Rick’s many years of development and guitar set-up experience, Haywire Guitar shop “Builds satisfied players… one Haywire guitar at a time”.

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