Stop adjusting by sight and use this method to make it the same every time.
I had always watched guys in music stores adjusting guitar necks and then looking down from the headstock toward the body to see if they had the right amount of relief or not. I did the same thing for years, but was later turned on to something that really changed my way of neck tweakin’. Bill Crook, a wonderful guitar builder in Moundsville, West Virginia, showed me a little trick that I'm going to pass along to you. It will take the guesswork out of neck adjustments and give as much consistency as you can get from the fickle beast known as the guitar.
I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with this, but for those who have never adjusted a neck before, let me clarify two terms first: “relief” and “action.” When I say “relief,” I'm referring to how much the neck bows in the middle. Because of the string tension, the guitar neck isn't perfectly straight. It has a little dip in the middle—think of an archer's bow as an extreme example of string tension pulling two ends toward each other. “Action” is the distance between the string and the frets. The higher the action, the higher the string is suspended above the frets. Relief and action are matters of preference, but what most people look for is the optimal balance of relief and action that lets you comfortably employ your particular set of playing techniques, while getting the tones you want.
The idea of looking from the headstock down is to sight the edge of the neck in relation to the straight pull of the low E string and see how much relief the neck has in it. There's nothing wrong with this method, but the mind and the eye can play tricks on you. Sometimes you look at the neck and it appears to have the right amount of relief but it still just doesn't feel right.
Here’s an alternative to the sight method that eliminates this discrepancy. Get a feeler gauge and a straightedge that is roughly the same length as the guitar neck—both items can be found at a hardware store. With the guitar tuned to pitch and in playing position (not flat on your lap or on a bench), set your straightedge on the neck, resting across the frets between the low E and the A strings. Personally, I set my neck at .006" at the 8th fret, so for my guitar, I'll use the .006 gauge and slide it in between the straight edge and the 8th fret on the low E side of the neck. It should slide in with just the slightest bit of resistance. I'll be able to feel the fret and straight edge with no wiggle room between them. This lets me know that my neck is where it should be.
If there is too much resistance or the gauge won't slide in at all, I'll adjust my truss rod by slightly turning it to the left (counterclockwise) to loosen it, opening that gap so my feeler gauge will slide in easily. If the there’s very little to no resistance when I insert the feeler gauge, I know I need to tighten the truss rod by turning it to the right (clockwise), which will straighten the neck. Mathematically, this method puts your guitar neck in the same place every time.
If you travel with your guitar or are a touring musician, be sure to let your instrument acclimate to the room you're in before you attempt to adjust the neck. Varying temperatures and humidity levels from place to place are the reasons we have to make these adjustments in the first place. Often, issues work themselves out just by leaving the guitar in its case to warm up after being brought in from the cold. While touring during the winter months, I rarely touch a guitar for the first couple of hours of it’s coming off the truck. It may be cold outside, but remember, that's where the wood in that guitar “grew up.” It's not going to hurt it. The damage comes from how quickly it heats back up.
Kick off the holiday season by shopping for the guitar player in your life at Guitar Center! Now through December 24th 2022, save on exclusive instruments, accessories, apparel, and more with hundreds of items at their lowest prices of the year.
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DiMarzio, Inc. announces the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses. The new Relentless P and Relentless J series pickups feature the Relentless cover designed in collaboration with Billy Sheehan.
As with the Relentless pickups, we removed all the hard edges from the standard P Bass and standard J Basspickups, and added an arch to the top of the pickups to bring the sensing coils and pole pieces closer to the strings. These improvements increase the dynamic range and make active circuitry unnecessary.
The Relentless P and Relentless J pickups incorporate Neodymium magnets and produce 70 percent more output than traditional passive pickups, and they’re dead quiet due to the incorporation of metal covers and foil-shielded cables. To dial in (or fine-tune) the individual string output, the Relentless P and Relentless J include eight adjustable pole pieces. These pickups also have a broad magnetic field so you can even bend notes without volume dropout.
DiMarzio’s extra shielding makes the Relentless P and Relentless J better for both recording and stage performances. We’ve mounted them onto robust .09375” thick circuit board base plates to eliminate the annoying protruding mounting screws — ultimately creating a more comfortable and consistent foundation to rest your fingers on.
The new Relentless P steps beyond the traditional P-Bass sound and can only be described as massive. It has more of everything: more volume, beefier lows, a growling midrange, and crispy highs with better individual string definition.
The Relentless J incorporates a new invention, (patent pending) parallelogram-shaped coils, offering an expanded mid-range punch, snappy highs, precise lows, and a new dimension to the sound of the Relentless series pickups.
Relentless P and Relentless J pickups will breathe new life into any bass, increase playability, and work well for any style of music from Motown to metal.
DiMarzio’s Relentless P, Relentless J Bridge, Relentless J Neck, and Relentless J pair are made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery.
Suggested List Price for the Relentless P is $169.00 (MAP $119.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Bridge and Relentless J neck is $155.00 (MAP $109.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Pair is $296.00 (MAP 209.99).
For more information, please visit our website at dimarzio.com.
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About Mystery Stocking
Each year, Premier Guitar likes to put out these mystery boxes as a part of bringing some fun to the holiday season. Remember, this is supposed to be a fun holiday treat! If the contents of this box will ruin your holiday, deplete the last of your bank account, or end your ability to see the good in humanity, it may not be for you.
- This year's Mystery Stocking will cost $44.95. ($39.95 + $5 Flat shipping)
- Each box will be guaranteed to contain $40 or more in value.
- US only. (Sorry World.)
- Make sure your shipping address is correct.
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- There will be NO REFUNDS given.
- There has been a huge demand for these in the past. We really did sell out in less than 4 minutes last year. When they are gone, they are gone.
- One per household, one per person.
Q: What's in the Mystery Stocking?
A: It wouldn't be much of a surprise if we told you, now would it?
Q: Will I definitely get my money worth?
Q: Can I return it if I don't like it?
A: Nope. All sales final.
Q: What if I live outside the US?
A: Sorry, US only.
Q. How much is it?
A. $39.95 Plus $5 shipping
Q. When will it ship?
A. On or before December 10, 2022.
Q. What form of payment do you accept?
A. Credit cards only. Sorry, no Paypal for this.
Q. Can I ship to a different location than my billing address?
Q. I tried last year and didn't get one. Will I get one this year?
A. There is an overwhelming demand for Mystery Stocking. Be sure you have a fast internet connection and be ready when they go on sale. Last year we sold out in 3 min 33 seconds.
Q. I want to buy 5. How can I buy 5?
A. You can't. This year, we're limiting to one per household, so more people can get in on the fun!
Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
Origin Effects introduce the new M-EQ DRIVER mid booster & drive pedal. Based on a vintage Pultec studio EQ, this unique pedal offers a range of mid-focused tones, from a subtle mid boost to thick, resonant overdrive. Featuring the Adaptive Circuitry recently introduced on their Halcyon Green Overdrive, Origin Effects have brought us a pedal with a character all of its own and a new flavor of drive.
A choice of three mid-range frequencies ensures that you can boost just the right part of your guitar signal and, when pushed harder, can elicit a range of saturation from a classic “mid-hump” overdrive to fierce “cocked wah” distortion. Thanks to the Adaptive Circuitry, the high-end roll-off of the Cut control is reduced as the pedal cleans up. This allows for a smooth transition from warm overdrive to bright clean tones in response to playing dynamics or guitar volume knob changes.
Introducing... M-EQ DRIVER || Mid Booster & Drive
Built-in the UK to the highest standards, the M-EQ DRIVER continues the Origin Effects tradition of vintage, studio-inspired tones in modern guitar pedals. The Origin Effects M-EQ DRIVER is available now from Origin Effects dealers worldwide.
RRP: 259 GBP (Inc VAT) / 319 USD (Ex TAX)
For more information, please visit origineffects.com.