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What to find in neck adjustment


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I've heard my luthier and various guitar repair books to use a feeler gauge of .254 mm or .010 and stick it between the 9th fret and the capo'd string to find out if the neck needs adjustment. I also need to add that I press on the fret where the neck joins with the body (on a Les Paul, it's typically the 17th fret). I've done that, but I just don't know what the look at?? Am I suppose to see the feeler go in-between the 9th fret and the string without gaps? Or am I suppose to see small gaps in-between? Are there different methods that some of you use?

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The point of using the feeler gauge is to check the amount of relief (the amount of bow in the neck). When setting up a guitar, a luthier, or pro guitar repair person, has to check the relief in the neck by using the feeler guage to make sure the the strings at the 9th, and usually 12th (where the neck bends) frets, are the right distance away from the crown of the fret, so that when your playing, there isn't any string buzz.

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