Apparently my set up skills are lacking.

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  1. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    I recently got a LP custom by Epiphone and the high frets were buzzing. I did what I could, including a fret level and a a couple truss adjustments.

    I could not resolve the issue and took it to my local repair guy. He told me the guitar had never been set up or, if it had, it was incompetent. I was too embarrassed to tell him I had attempted to set it up myself. Ive set up all my own guitars for years so, had no idea I was doing it all wrong.

    At any rate, twenty dollars later my Epiphone is sorted out. I wont hold it against the guy that he unknowingly insulted me, as he clearly is more competent.

    On the plus side, he let me play a 1966 Tele while he worker on my guitar. Damn sweet but some really crazy mods.
     
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    Tone Deaf Most Honored Senior Member

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    Did he tell you what he did to make it good?
     
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    Antstrat Most Honored Senior Member

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    $20 well spent.
     
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    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    Yeah, I dont ever do nut work and that was the first thing he did. He also fixed some bridge slots that didnt match up to the rest.

    He flattened out the neck, which is usually what I do but, he has a better touch I guess. I couldnt say which thing he did made the biggest difference but Im guessing the nut and bridge fixes were.
     
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    Tone Deaf Most Honored Senior Member

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    Good thing he didn’t try and sell you a level and crown....
     
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    soulman969 Senior Stratmaster

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    Regardless of all of the measurements we can take IMHO it's more art than science and the more often you do it the better you become at it. JMHO

    The exception of course might be nut height and fret leveling.
     
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    heltershelton BANNED Silver Member

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    you must fail a few times before you get it right. dont worry bout it.
     
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    $20? Good deal for all that. And now you've got a playable guitar, congrats
     
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    nadzab Play Don't Worry Silver Member

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    I just did a level & crown on my Am. Performer Tele - bends were choking out in the upper register with action at Fender specs - and I had to work on the fall-away three times before all was good.

    I got there eventually, but the whole time I was thinking, I know a guy I could take this to, who would get it done perfectly in one pass...
     
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    Hi, @amstratnut -Buddy

    I am super fumbly with tools.

    I was wondering, if I change strings 1 at a time on my Les Paul will that help the bridge not fall off posts? during string changes?
     
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    No Deal
     
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    jbylake Regular Dude Silver Member

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    Not my skills, they are perfect. I just hand him $75 bucks, and it's perfect every time.:p
     
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    That’s nice. Maybe my LP Custom would benefit from the same thing.
     
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    We should all be politely humbled, occasionally.
    :whistling:
     
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    You played that wrong. When he griped about the incompetent set up, that's when you say "Sir, my father set that guitar up and I'll have you know HE DID ALL OF GENERAL MACARTHUR'S setups and the General raved about them."
     
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    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member

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    A soft cloth protecting the body's finish is always a good idea.

    I replace two strings at a time on a Les Paul- which requires 3 trips to the fretboard for any treatment or wiping down.
     
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    I think you are looking at this "half empty". He worked on the nut, which you did not. So your fret level was solid.
     
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  18. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    I did 3 passes as well on the upper frets. Thats when I thought I ought to get help.
     
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  19. amstratnut

    amstratnut Peace thru Music.

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    Next time Ill take you along to remind me.
     
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    nadzab Play Don't Worry Silver Member

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    Ben, another solution you might want to consider is eventually swapping the bridge & tailpiece out for Tonepros parts with the set screws that lock them to the posts. I was always dropping the tailpiece onto the the top of the guitar until I had the Tonepros parts. The other advantage is that they make it harder to accidentally adjust the posts and change the action unintentionally during string changes.

    They're a bit of an investment, but worth it for a nice guitar like an LP.