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Gibson Custom Shop Setup Tips Les Paul Custom Shop Setup

#1 User is offline   RockyA 

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Posted 17 February 2017 - 08:41 AM

Don't know if this has been posted before but for those that are interested in it, here it is. Strange that the custom shop specifies 1/8 turn of truss rod counterclockwise for relief and uses top if 2nd fret and top of 16th fret using low E as measurement and the Gibson website setup tips shows 1/4 turn truss rod relief with capo on first fret etc. Anyway interesting as Custom shop sets the pickups really close to strings at 3/64 for both.

http://archive.gibso...02printable.htm
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Posted 19 February 2017 - 02:43 AM

Very interesting. Thanks for posting.
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Posted 19 February 2017 - 06:56 AM

Very interesting AND informative. Thanks for posting.
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Posted 03 May 2017 - 02:22 PM

Joe Walsh apparently did a video on how to set up a guitar as well. Entertaining, especially if you like Joe.

https://www.youtube....h?v=D7gMwE7phoM

I don't know how to embed the videos like I've seen others do on here so the link is above.
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Posted 03 May 2017 - 02:43 PM

Thanks both for the links and video.
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Posted 05 May 2017 - 06:29 PM

I've seen Joe's set up video before and he kills me. No feeler gauges, no ruler that measure in 64th of an inch, no capo, no tuner. Just sight down the neck, tune by ear a little crank on the truss rod, a little bridge height on one side, a little intonation on one string. Amazing, but it sounds pretty good when he is done.

Probably why every guitar from the factory needs a little tweaking when you take it out of the box. Factory techs are doing everything by the book with measurements and Joe is doing it by what he hears. The combination of technical/science and art coming together to find the sweet spot. [thumbup]
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Posted 05 May 2017 - 06:32 PM

View PostTwang Gang, on 05 May 2017 - 06:29 PM, said:

I've seen Joe's set up video before and he kills me. No feeler gauges, no ruler that measure in 64th of an inch, no capo, no tuner. Just sight down the neck, tune by ear a little crank on the truss rod, a little bridge height on one side, a little intonation on one string. Amazing, but it sounds pretty good when he is done.

Probably why every guitar from the factory needs a little tweaking when you take it out of the box. Factory techs are doing everything by the book with measurements and Joe is doing it by what he hears. The combination of technical/science and art coming together to find the sweet spot. [thumbup]


Before the internet put a guitar in every family room, the way Joe shows you is the way we all did it, and those of us of a certain age still do. It's the only way we ever needed.

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Posted 06 May 2017 - 03:55 PM

 rct, on 05 May 2017 - 06:32 PM, said:

Before the internet put a guitar in every family room, the way Joe shows you is the way we all did it, and those of us of a certain age still do. It's the only way we ever needed.

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