How to Adjust the Truss Rod on Your Acoustic Guitar



How to Adjust Your Guitar to Fit You

Steps

  1. Know your guitar.Learn where all the good and bad things are such as string buzz or intonation issues. Knowing what could be better on your guitar will make fixing it easier and give you a better feel.
  2. Identify the issue.Figure out what you want to change on your guitar and fix it. Some common issues are fret buzz, this is when you play a note on your guitar and the string vibrates against a fret. In order to do this you need to adjust the bridge first and maybe a twist of the truss rod. Adjusting the action is another common procedure in which the strings need to be raised or lowered to fit the players style and preference which can help fix major buzz.
  3. Apply the proper fix.To do this, you will need to read the following steps and methods so that you don't break anything and can continue playing.

Adjusting Action

  1. Acquire the proper tools.If you have a sole work place, gather all materials you need and keep them there. If not, gather all you need for your guitar you will be adjusting and replace them afterwards in an organized place. Here is all the tools you may need for all types of commonly played guitars:
    • Screwdrivers (+) (-)
    • Hex wrenches
    • Pliers
    • Small Crescent Wrench
    • String Winder
    • Side-cutters
    • Ruler (optional)
    • Manual (optional)
  2. Adjust action.For Tune-o-Matics, screwdrivers are all that are needed. Individual saddle bridges and floating tremolos much like Strat style bridges need hex wrenches and screw drivers. Floyd Rose and similar only need hex wrenches. Now that you have the proper tools ready you will adjust the action of your guitar by:
    • using a hex wrench to adjust each saddle of a Strat style bridge, the bolts are small screws inside the saddle, left is down, right is up. Tune down your strings to make rising easier.
    • using your fingers or a flathead (-) screwdriver to adjust the bridge and/or tailpiece to obtain desired height.
    • using a handbook and hex wrenches to adjust the mounting screws on Floyd Rose and similar bridges
    • Using a manual and proper tools to adjust a bridge not listed
  3. Check your action.Once you find a desired height, make sure the strings do not hit anything along the span of the strings, including the frets. A little fret buzz on electrics you can get away with but no fret buzz should be present when you play an acoustic. You may use your ruler to find an exact measurement.

Adjust Truss Rod

  1. Be sure.Be certain that the problem requires you to adjust the truss rod before you start. Problems like major buzz, too low or high of and action, or neck warping can be fixed by the truss rod. However, adjusting the truss rod is a very delicate procedure that if rushed or not taken with care can even result in breaking the truss rod or the guitar neck. If at any time you feel uncomfortable adjusting the rod, take your guitar to a tech.
  2. Use proper tools.Use the proper tool for the job most commonly a hex wrench and a manual to describe which way you need to turn.
  3. Use caution.If possible, do not do this yourself unless you are experienced, if you're not careful you can easily snap the neck of the guitar, or render it unusable. Take it to a guitar tech where the adjustment is relatively low cost and experienced.

Change String Gauge

  1. Know what you need.Different string gauge and material give you different feel and sound. Research what you need by all means necessary, including playing your guitar. Some examples are; Rock genres- 46-36-26-15-13-10. Metal/down-tune- 54-48-42-24-17-12
  2. Find a gauge.After finding a gauge you like string them onto your guitar and always stretch them. Remember that most guitars will not hold past certain brands of 56 gauge.
  3. Adjust accordingly.Sometimes a perfect lower gauge action will not be welcomed with a higher gauge string. Adjust your bridge referencing to step 1 to accumulate the best of your guitar.

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  • Be hesitantIf you aren't comfortable with fixing your guitar then don't, take it to an expert who will, but remember they will charge you for most repairs.
  • Almost every issue can be fixedYou can fix most minor guitar issues by yourself and even if you can't or don't want to someone can.
  • Take your time!If you try to rush any of these tips you can damage your guitar. But remember that you can buy replacement parts for almost every guitar on the market.

Things You'll Need

  • Basic knowledge of guitarsKnow how to play the guitar, and know how to change strings and tune the guitar.
  • PatienceTake your time when adjusting your guitar because if you rush chances are you will break something.





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