Truss Rod Adjustment
Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:18 AM
Long time browser, first time poster. I recently purchased a new Les Paul Classic Plus from my local Guitar Center. After a few weeks, I noticed a slight buzz from the 3rd, 4th and 5th strings in the lower fret range (1-7). As Iíve had this type of issue with some of the imports Iíve purchased, I knew the neck relief was insufficient and I adjusted the truss rod accordingly to add relief and eliminate the buzz. Now I donít know if itís just me being overly sensitive, but it seems that the intonation is now slightly off. Does anyone know if after adjusting the truss rod I have to adjust intonation as well or should I wait and let the neck settle for a few days and check it again? Any advice would be appreciated!
Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:39 AM
Yes. The intonation should be checked after a truss adjustment and after a string change. The neck should settle in a an hour or two, but you could wait until the next day if you like. Seasonal weather changes can also have an effect on intonation.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 08:58 AM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:41 AM
Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:35 AM
That's pretty much how I do it. I generally don't worry too much about releasing tension on the unwound strings, but it's probably not a bad idea to do it. Less stress on the saddle screws that way.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:52 AM
Actually, I would definitely release the tension while moving the string saddles. Among other things, over time, possible the strings will cut into the saddle, which can effect the depth of the slot, as well as put undo stress on the screw threads for the saddle.