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What does 'Setting Up' my guitar actually mean?

The Set-Up your guy is talking about usually involves three points: Adjusting the truss rod - neck relief Adjusting the action Adjusting the intonation The truss rod is a metal bar of some sort, ...
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New guitar nut when changing to a lighter gauge?

In all the guitars onto which I've put much lighter strings, (dozens, if not more) there's not been a problem. The tension will pretty well keep the strings from rattling round in the slots. Should ...
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What are your steps for setting up a guitar?

Change strings, bring it up to tune, leave it or a couple of days. Check neck relief, change using truss rod if necessary. Change action height to preferred, by adjusting bridge/saddles height. ...
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What does 'Setting Up' my guitar actually mean?

The range of what you can do in a "setup" is quite wide. A basic setup can be as simple as adjusting the truss rod and minor adjustments of the action at the nut and bridge. Electrics with movable ...
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New guitar nut when changing to a lighter gauge?

You don't normally need to worry about the nut slots being a little wide - usually the break angle of the string over the nut plus the tension on the string is sufficient to keep the string in place. ...
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Connecting multiple instruments into 2 headphones?

You have a few options depending on how much you want to spend and how you might use the equipment in the future. The ideal product that was invented for just the scenario you described is the ...
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Audio Interfaces: How to determine minimum requirements?

Your 'minimum requirements' are "Does it have enough plugs, sockets & knobs to do what I need?" After that you tend to get what you pay for, but on a logarithmic scale… ie twice as good ...
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A second-hand guitar pitch sounds weird

It appears that the top string has a problem on fret 14. The fretwire is too high. Or - fretwires 12 and 13 are too low. Either way, the string is sounding from 14 when pressed at 12, 13 and 14. ...
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Should guitar strings be evenly spaced?

It seems as if some of the strings are coming off the pins at a slight angle. Notice the two E’s and the G string are straight. By loosening the strings, pulling the pins and adjusting the strings to ...
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Truss rod adjustment had no noticable effect

Many folks think it's a rather simple operation of just tightening the nut on the truss rod, but actually it is recommended that the neck be clamped in a jig that causes the neck to be bent backwards ...
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Floyd Rose in Standard Tuning with .011 gauge strings

Any vibrato is set up as a balance between the strings and the springs. So once that balance is achieved, it shouldn't make much if any difference whether they're .008s or .013s. Obviously the ...
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Should you change the strings on a brand new guitar?

Is there a benefit to using fresh strings on a guitar that arrived pre-strung out-of-the-box? At the risk of stating the obvious, it depends if there's a problem with the strings - or if the strings ...
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Should you change the strings on a brand new guitar?

A new set of strings will never be a bad idea - unless it's a couple of hours before a gig or an exam. Replacing like for like should mean the intonation stays as is, but it's always worth checking ...
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Should you change the strings on a brand new guitar?

It depends It's not always necessary, but is a good idea if any of the following are true: The guitar has been sitting in the store for a long time and has been played by many shoppers and its ...
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Does 12-54 to 13-56 gauge change require a re-setup?

Your guitar will tell you the answer. It will respond with action changes, and those may be within your realm of "normal", or they may exceed that and become undesired. With the lighter (original) ...
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Problem with choosing the right string gauge - switch from medium to extra light?

The short answer is that lighter gauge strings will be easier to play and easier to get clear tone when you fret the notes. Most beginners and even many seasoned guitarist prefer lighter gauge ...
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Will lighter strings extend an acoustic guitar's life?

Okay, here's your answer from a luthier. Yes, if you change from .10 gauge to .12 gauge strings, assuming that all strings are thicker in this proportion, then there will be 44% more tension on the ...
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Avoiding small, beginner amp problems

Even a really cheap guitar and cheap amp these days should work consistently, from new. If not, back to the shop! If second hand, you don't know its history - it may have been dropped, have a dry ...
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Truss rod adjustment had no noticable effect

I see now in the comments that the OP has now mentioned a specific, special guitar, and @leftaroundabout has answered with the appropriate information for that guitar. This is answer is applicable to ...
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Best practise for setting up a home studio

I don't like that I have to switch out my guitar every single time I want to play over my amp or audio interface You might look into getting either an ABY unit or a direct box that has a "thru" ...
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What are your steps for setting up a guitar?

Depending how far you might want to get into this, there are some books by author-guitar tech Dan Erlewine on guitar maintenance and setup that explain in detail, step by step, along with what tools ...
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Is It OK to use smaller gauge strings than those that came from the factory for an electric guitar?

The guitar will need to be fettled after changing strings by more than about 5%. This means the truss rod MAY need adjustment, and the intonation more than likely will too. About 35 yrs ago, I put ...
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Difference between 2 mono/stereo setup?

Once you've lost the stereo image by going mono, the signal in any split subsequently will be the same in both channels. So each side will sound the same. If there is a stereo output,initially, from ...
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Tuning My Violin High

You definitely don't want to try this with a set of heavy or medium strings intended for standard Western tuning. This would require very high tension which might well damage the instrument. With a ...
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Electric Guitar Setup For A Newbie

There are many useful YouTube videos about setting up a guitar, but here are the basics: Checking neck relief Press each string down on the first fret, and press the other side of the string ...
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More outputs on Fireface 800

The Fireface 800 has two ADAT port, each of them can be used to add 8 audio channels in to your interface. The OctoPre Dynamic will interface perfectly with that as it also has ADAT out connection.
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When adjusting the neck of an acoustic guitar, what bending might be normal?

The three things that determine the height of a guitar's action are the nut, the saddle and the neck bow. Unless something else is wildly out of whack (like the the guitar's top lifting or the bridge ...
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