the gap at 7Th on the low E are like a 0.60 pick, after my adjustment . Maybe i got to much spare time at the moment[biggrin] Any thoughts? 0.6mm of relief is a huge amount. Here's the Golden Rule - straight from a Gibson set up document from the 1960s. Thanks Gearnews! The sound got tighter and brighter with less gap at 7Th. That seems about right, also the gauge of string will vibrate a certain way. Privacy Policy | Should it be more or less? Note the clearance 5 to 10 thousandths of an inch. When i got my new ebony standard the gap was around 0.90 I find my self imagine the sound was a bit dirtier and darker with bigger gap. As I said before, this presumes the frets are nice and level prior to setting the relief. As always, much depends on level frets - it's the essential first step in the set up process. Also, make sure to check relief with the guitar in the playing position - not laid down. Truss rod adjustment: I turned mine clockwise. We disagreed about this before 80LPC I think in that I say the neck bow is from the 20th fret to the 1st, now I have evidence. Jef Stone/Gearnews. Here's the Golden Rule - straight from a Gibson set up document from the 1960s. The relief fades away at the 12th fret. Thanks for the info. Find space to work that is quiet and use a steel rule or a feeler gauge to measure the action at the 12th fret. I don't know about huge on anything under a milimeter......of course I check mine in the middle of the neck holding down the first fret and. Gibson Les Paul Traditional 2018 now with pre-cracked headstocks! By submitting this form you are agreeing to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy. Gibson Brands, Inc. respects your right to privacy. The only criticism I have is that a capo should be placed at the first fret to rule out a badly cut nut. Then measure relief at the 6th fret. Gibson Les Paul or a 100t steel beam – which has more sustain? It's important to measure relief in the traditional Gibson way - capo at the first fret and press the string between the 12th / 13th frets. As always, much depends on level frets - it's the essential first step in the set up process.[/quote']. By the way, I just spoke to RDJ and he said to pick me ;), For a better experience on Gearnews, we recommend JavaScript to be enabled, Source: I'm not talking big changes. And that's half the fun for me[cool]. The Gearnews Holiday Raffle, Week 2: Win a Novation AFX Station worth €430! Well i guess there's no golden rule on this subject. It's important to measure relief in the traditional Gibson way - capo at the first fret and press the string between the 12th / 13th frets. When i get a new guitar there's always a bit of tweaking on brigde height, intonation, pickup height, truss rod and changing to my Ernie ball strings. Upload or insert images from URL. when the rod goes to the 20th and is quite bowed from one end to the other. thanks for the reply. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account. Its actually pretty good as it is anyway. 8 Thou (0.2mm) is a good compromise. gearnews.com uses cookies to ensure the best possible service. My new standard came with 0.90mm relief, so i brought it down to 0.60 mm relief as my other two Gibson. The truss rod adjustment on a Gibson Les Paul is done using its brass nut at the headstock end of the neck, located under the truss rod cover (funnily enough).   Pasted as rich text.   Your link has been automatically embedded. Some players prefer no relief at all, but the frets have to be leveled to a high standard (and the bridge has to raised slightly higher to reduce buzz). Also' date=' make sure to check relief with the guitar in the playing position - not laid down. Then measure relief at the 6th fret. Note the clearance 5 to 10 thousandths of an inch. Display as a link instead, × Now why would the bow stop at the 13th fret ? sellen, June 26, 2010 in Gibson USA. By If you continue surfing the site, you agree to the, Jef’s Top Tips for making your Gibson Les Paul play like a dream, Part 1: Cleaning, Jef’s Tips to help your Gibson Les Paul play like a dream, Part 3: Lock it down. Terms & Conditions | Registered Trademarks, http://i523.photobucket.com/albums/w352/marscape1/Gibsonrelief.jpg. Will try 0.2 down and see how they react on that. × Clear editor. Your guitar must be tuned to pitch using your preferred gauge of strings when you do this and under tension, or it simply won’t be correct. [img']http://i523.photobucket.com/albums/w352/marscape1/Gibsonrelief.jpg[/img], well there we got the golden rule from the holy guitar bible[biggrin] 1/64 inch thats about 0.40. Your email address will not be published. The relief fades away at the 12th fret. Thought that was standard. Here's the Golden Rule - straight from a Gibson …   You cannot paste images directly. The truss rod (a Gibson invention) has greatest effect between the nut and the 12th fret. Copyright 2019 Gibson Brands, Inc. All rights reserved.