26 jasperthecat 1 year ago Well my search for a semi-acoustic guitar seems well and truly over. I spent most of yesterday evening carefully adjusting and re-adjusting the truss rod until the neck began to fall back into place after each adjustment and then left it overnight to settle. This morning I adjusted the neck so that there was a tiny element of back bow and then I roughly calculated the bridge position and fitted a set of D'addario 10s strings which I then tuned. I then adjusted the truss rod so that the neck was level again with the strings pulling on it and then adjusted the truss so that with a capo behind the first fret and pressing down on the string at the very last fret, measured with feeler gauges there was a relief of 8 thousandths of an inch at the 8th fret which seems about right. With a bit of tweaking of the bridge height so that there were no obvious string/fret rattles, I tentatively gave the guitar a whirl and I almost fell off my stool... compared to what it was like when I brought it home, the transformation is absolutely amazing and had it been set up like that when I first went to see it I'd have snapped it up in an instant.It transpired that the lady had had the guitar up for sale for 6 months with no takers and I could understand why... in all honesty I only bought it for its appearance which I admit would look great on any wall. I tried to adjust it for her but whoever had been trying to adjust it prior to me had made a right mess of it so she really appreciated my help to try and get it saleable for her. It wasn't about the money for her, it was all about sentiment and the guitar going to a home where it would be appreciated which because of my efforts to try and help her, is why I became the chosen one and she offered it me at such a silly price that I really couldn't refuse even though I told her it was far too cheap and to hold back and wait for another buyer but she was determined that I should have it which now I'm so pleased she was. The guitar will certainly be appreciated no fear about that.It's taken me a good two days to sort out the basic issues and it's still work in progress as I think I can get the action nearly as low as my Telecaster. I don't know if it's a known fault but the bridge sounds somewhat 'buzzy' at times. There are maybe a couple of high frets which will need dressing but the buzzing noise really isn't fret rattle so when I change the strings next week and re-adjust the relief I'll look more closely at the bridge to see if I can eliminate any source of rattle.I put on a set D'addario 10s today but this guitar for me is crying out for the low E and A to be slightly heavier and the next two strings to be medium and the top two to be 9s but that's for me and my style of playing. That is how I used to load my guitar when I was touring all those years ago and always bought loose strings which you could buy readily back then but there days it seems all about selling complete string sets.I set the bridge position by using a straight edge placed at the nut and the 12th fret marked accurately on it and transferred that distance from the 12th fret to roughly just over an eighth of an inch behind the mark which was placed over the bridge centre and the bottom three strings were actually intonated correctly at the 12th fret but the top three were very slightly sharp but not so far out that it was that noticeable so next week when I change strings I'll make up a wooden bridge position scale so if I ever have to take off the entire set of strings, I'll be able to set the bridge very precisely and quickly.I could mark the bridge position by using masking tape before taking off the strings but I'm not a fan of using masking tape on such a good guitar finish even if it is the low tack type. The adhesive used can etch the surface so I try to avoid using it.The pickups definitely need their heights adjusting as they sound quite unbalanced...not difficult I'm so pleased that over the years I've picked up a few luthiering skills along the way...it's certainly helped with this guitar.