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    neck & bridge set up

    Hello Folks

    could someone point me in the right direction on here to set up the neck & bridge alignment??
    I must be using the wrong search terms!!

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    Hi Benderson. What kit do you have?

    Basically the best way to check the neck/bridge alignment is to install the High and Low E tuners and run a bit of normal string (not guitar strings) from them, over the nut, to the bridge. That will give you a very clear idea of where the bridge needs to go or if the neck needs shimming.

    Knowing what kit it is will help clarifying instructions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Mountain View Post
    Hi Benderson. What kit do you have?

    Basically the best way to check the neck/bridge alignment is to install the High and Low E tuners and run a bit of normal string (not guitar strings) from them, over the nut, to the bridge. That will give you a very clear idea of where the bridge needs to go or if the neck needs shimming.

    Knowing what kit it is will help clarifying instructions.
    Its the TL-12s getting my serious face on to start working it all out. I have no idea what I'm doing!!!

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    Ok great, I've built a coulple of TL-1s. There are some links below where I have pics of lining up the neck and checking the scale length.

    I generally get the neck seated nicely in the pocket and then clamp it and drill pilot holes for the mounting screws. Then temporarily fit it and use a ruler and the strings through the 'E' string tuners to make sure it all lines up.

    If you are using a pick guard its a good idea to include it in this process.

    https://www.buildyourownguitar.com.a...?t=8005&page=2

    https://www.buildyourownguitar.com.a...?t=8291&page=4
    Build 1 - Shoegazer MK1 JMA-1
    Build 2 - The Relliecaster TL-1
    Build 3 - The Black Cherry SG AG-1
    Build 4 - The Sonicaster TL-1ish
    Build 5 - The Steampunker Bass YB-4
    Build 6 - The Howling Gowing ST-1

    "What I lack in talent I make up for with enthusiasm"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sonic Mountain View Post
    Ok great, I've built a coulple of TL-1s. There are some links below where I have pics of lining up the neck and checking the scale length.

    I generally get the neck seated nicely in the pocket and then clamp it and drill pilot holes for the mounting screws. Then temporarily fit it and use a ruler and the strings through the 'E' string tuners to make sure it all lines up.

    If you are using a pick guard its a good idea to include it in this process.

    https://www.buildyourownguitar.com.a...?t=8005&page=2

    https://www.buildyourownguitar.com.a...?t=8291&page=4
    Ok so I'm the worlds most impatient man. So I'm gonna go slow, from what I'm reading here the neck should sit in its pocket nicely then there is room to line up the bridge?? mind you i haven been to the links you have suggested yet. I'll do that now.

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