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PostPosted: Mon Jan 21, 2013 2:36 pm 
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this is my first guitar had 11 years now need to adjust truss rod possible bridge set up stripping off all paint wired a new tone switch in everything electrical working good any advice would help guitar looks like a knock off strat thanks for lookin..


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Youtube is a great place, or buy the book by Dan Erlewine on guitar repair.

And not to sound like a school teacher, but please use punctuation on our forums! Makes it hard to read without punctuation. :wink:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 10:57 am 
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Think VERY CAREFULLY before you start stripping off paint.

If the finish is original, even if it's not in very good condition, it's usually worth more than a refinished guitar.


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:38 am 
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Another resource -

Try http://www.stewmac.com/ for repair parts and repair videos -

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 1:00 pm 
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Very general info would be that you loosen the truss rod if the neck has excessive back bow and tighten if there is excessive 'relief' (bows towards the fretboard). Basically, you don't want the neck to be dead flat, you would want a bit of relief. Less is more when it comes to adjusting them, typically done in small increments, like a quarter of a turn. Use the correct tool (to save the adjustment nut) and never over tighten.

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