Is it okay for the neck to have more relief?

Wrighty

Dr. Stratster
Mar 7, 2013
11,886
Harlow, Essex, UK
I tried to adjust my strat neck relief to fender specs .010" and didn't like it as the neck felt straight so i added more relief(up curve) and measured it .018"(about thin pick .46mm)
adjusted my desired action (2mm on the low strings 1.5 on the high ones at the 12th fret) no buzz or intonation problem.
I use 9 gauge string so the tension on the neck not that much. should it be tighter than 0.018" or okay to have more relief if i like it that way?
You should set up your guitar how you want it! Specs. should be viewed only as a good starting point.
 

Ebidis

Providing the world with flat bends since 1985
Nov 14, 2013
29,805
Alabama
There's no right or wrong. There is only what feels good to you. Forget about Fender's arbitrary (because that's what they are) specs, and set it the way you like it. Period.
 

CB91710

No GAS shortage here
Platinum Supporting Member
Feb 24, 2019
11,474
SoCal
If you like the way it plays, it's adjusted properly for you.
Personally, I prefer my necks a little straighter... mine are typically between .006 and .010. My Custom Shop 60s is .008
 

Handsome McClane

Senior Stratmaster
Sep 6, 2020
2,136
Sacramento
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Wound_Up

You can call me Duane 😁
Jan 23, 2020
5,378
NW LA
I guess the thing is that if you've got too much relief, then you need to push the string down further to contact the fret. Seems to me like that would put additional tension on the string, and make some of the notes ring out slightly out of pitch.

I'm not sure whether or not that would be enough relief to do that or how much that would take though.
An, extra 0.008" makes almost, no difference in how far you have to push, the string down. Action causes bigger swings in that than, relief does. I'd be more worried about action too high causing that vs adding 0.008" or 0.2mm to the relief
 

mattier303

Strat-Talker
Apr 28, 2012
215
new mexico
I’m pretty much the oppsite. I like a flat board with a larger radius…10”+.
you can also just raise the action if you want higher strings.
 

StratoMutt

Dr. Stratster
Mar 15, 2019
12,618
SE Pennsylvania
I guess the thing is that if you've got too much relief, then you need to push the string down further to contact the fret. Seems to me like that would put additional tension on the string, and make some of the notes ring out slightly out of pitch.

I'm not sure whether or not that would be enough relief to do that or how much that would take though.
This.

Fret a note while using a tuner and observe just how much the pitch changes. Ideally there should be no significant change while lightly pressing just behind the fret.
 


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