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  • Sting Tension/Gauge

    Posted by JoeT on August 13, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    Hello TAC family, it makes sense to me, however I have not researched this yet anywhere else, figured I’d ask here first. Is it safe to pressume that if you change strings, meaning manufactures and or gauges or tensions, that it could possibly change the neck relief, given the quality or not of the neck wood and quality of the instrument?

    <font face=”inherit”>I found this to be the case, I </font>purchased<font face=”inherit”> an inexpensive meaning in the $500.00 range Breedlove, one that I could take out of the </font>home<font face=”inherit”> and travel with as opposed to my high end Martin. I changed the strings due to all the crud on them from all the handling in the guitar </font>store and it changed the neck relief. I had to back off the truss rod due to a slight buzzing to remove the buzz, however still with in the .07-.10 thousandths range. I went with a set I had at the house different from the manufacturer’s stock install.

    Thoughts, views, comments??

    jumpinjeff replied 1 year, 8 months ago 2 Members · 6 Replies
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  • jumpinjeff

    Member
    August 14, 2022 at 9:59 am

    Changing from med to lights or lights to mediums and having to adjust the truss rod is pretty common on any guitar. The nature of the beast. A guitar that didn’t need adjustment is probably pretty heavy and over built, not that I have encounter one, I am just imagining. .07 to .10 is high for my playing but some like it high. You should be able to get to .05 without buzzing. If you get buzzing, may need some work, fretwork/neck angle/bridge,nut height. If you like .07 and no buzz you are all set and good to go.

  • JoeT

    Member
    August 14, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    Thanks Jeff, it’s a relatively inexpensive guitar ($550.00) it had what I assumed stock strings, which should be light D’ddario’s, but they were all crudded up from store handling at the store. I put some Ernie Ball lights on it and it had that buzz, I ordered the manufactured recommended ones (D’ddario XT, installed those, I backed the truss rod off still had a buzz at the third fret of the G string. I put the spare saddle that came with it, the original one was all grooved up…….all better now……. .08 thousandths neck relief, 5/64ths at the low E and 4/64ths at the high E action, probably a high fret at the third. By the way It’s a Breedlove Rainforest Black Gold CE. It does not compare to my Martin 000-18 or my Guild D-150 CE natural, but it will do as far as taking it out of the house for traveling and what not.

    • jumpinjeff

      Member
      August 14, 2022 at 7:49 pm

      You got it all fixed up. Good that you had the spare saddle. I have a breedlove myself. I always thought Breedloves to be an excellent value. If you have a staight edge rule you could check your third fret. If it is high, a smidge of fret filing might be the answer. Stew Mac sells fret files 50.00. A good tool to have. You could also eyeball it if you have an eye and hand for machining. If you go free hand remember to protect your fretboard from accidents. Less is more because more is irreversible.

  • JoeT

    Member
    August 14, 2022 at 8:29 pm

    I do have a fret straight edge, I’ll check it out, Thanks again Jeff.

  • JoeT

    Member
    August 15, 2022 at 3:13 pm

    Hey Jeff, I sent you a private message regarding how Breedlove is taking care of me. Thanks again.

    • jumpinjeff

      Member
      August 16, 2022 at 10:55 am

      👍

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