10 Tips for 10 Giving Your Guitar the Full Check Up
Here we are going to guide you step by step on how to give your guitar the full check up, these steps are also important if you are shopping guitar, trust me you must be very careful especially if you are buying a used instrument.
1- First of all, play the guitar. This allows you to hear or feel anything that might be wrong,
2. - Feel the string action and height, you can use a gauge measuring tool to check the string height. Each musician has his own preference in height action.
3. - Slowly move the knobs around to hear if it has any cracks or funny noises. If you hear a cracking sound this means you might have a bad pot and may need to be replaced.
4. - Move the toggle switch back and forth, listen for any harsh sounds or if it's working properly on each position with the pickups.
5. - Check the tuners; Slowly turn the keys one by one, they must move smoothly.
6. - Check the bridge, look for any rust or missing pieces.
7. - Check for any dents or scratches.
8. - Check the neck straightness, this is one of the most important steps because most guitar necks over time will warp due to the constant string tension. If your guitar has become harder to fret it may be a sign the neck needs adjustment. To check for warping remove the guitar strings from the bridge. First look at the guitar from the bottom up, the neck should be completely straight; another good way to check the neck is by taking a ruler and laying it edgewise across the neck. It should lie evenly across the frets. If not, then the neck needs adjustment.
9. - Check the nut, Look closely at the nut; make sure the slots are not to deep, check the strings they should rise gradually from the tuner to a contact point directly at the nuts front edge. The nut should hold the strings with even spacing between them and with the appropriate relationship to the edges of the fingerboard. What's appropriate will vary with the type of instrument and the requirements of the player. I find that most new instruments are pretty well set up in this regard.
10. - Check the wiring, Look closely at all the soldering points, check for any loose cables.
These steps will help you identify any problem the guitar might have and then you can make the right choice for you.
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