First time setup

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  1. Graham Haggett

    Graham Haggett New Member

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    Bought my first electric - a used se 22 semi-hollow w trem - about two months ago. The other day I broke a string for the first time so I strung it up with a set of 10s (pretty sure it had 8s or 9s before). I knew it would need a setup but the thing that confused me is when I checked the truss rod with the business card trick I needed MORE relief which is the opposite way I would’ve assumed. I adjusted it and now it’s playing halfway decently. I didn’t check relief before the string change but it was setup by the shop I got it from and was playing great. Can someone please explain?
     
  2. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    You should also check that the trem is level.

    The neck can also take a while to settle, so it may have moved while you had the strings off?
     
  3. Graham Haggett

    Graham Haggett New Member

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    Trem is level as far as my eye can see. Good point about neck reset, the strings were off for a little while. Is that something I should avoid in the future?
     
  4. Black Plaid

    Black Plaid just another Alan

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    If you are going to leave the strings off for any length of time, you should definitely at least lose the truss rod so that it's in a neutral position.

    But the amount of time it takes to remove, clean and put a new set on should be ok.
     
  5. Graham Haggett

    Graham Haggett New Member

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    Good to know, thanks for the input!
     
  6. rbert0005

    rbert0005 New Member

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    How about the nut slots?
    If you went with bigger strings it may need some filing.

    Bob
     

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