Is this evidence of neck twist?
I just received a Peavey Axcelerator with the 2-tek bridge and am attempting to set it up. I have allowed the bass to acclimate a few days and slowly adjusted the neck straight without tension. Now that it is straight I began stringing it with a new set of .90-.35 roto 66s. I am getting quite familiar with my own bass guitar setups at home, especially with these made in USA neck tilt Peaveys, and tonight two problems have presented themselves. Problems I haven't encountered on any of the dozen or so basses I've setup before.
Issue #1 is that with the bridge saddles lowered all the way the E string is still above the 21st fret ~4-5mm while the A-D-G strings are directly against the 21st fret and arcing slightly down towards the bridge. I don't normally tilt the neck that far out of line for any reason but I kept adjusting further to see when it would meet the E string and it never did. For now I have the neck tilted normally and adjusted the saddles for even string height among all 4 strings, but it is clear that my action is severely limited by the E string. It takes about 4 turns of the A string set screws to equal the height of the E string resting on the bass of the saddle. These tests were done with a capo at the 1st fret to in order to remove the nut from the equation. The E string nut slot is cut higher than the others but that's a simple matter for later.
Is this evidence of neck twist? I can't really see a twist in the neck when eyeballing the neck but I have never encountered a problem like this even on my cheapest instruments.
Issue #2 is that I am also getting a ton of fret buzz on the D-A-G strings from frets 4-7. Almost every note in that range buzzes badly unless you press very firmly against the frets. The buzz is totally absent past those frets and then plays silently all the way down to the 21st with very light pressure. I have a light touch with heavier strings on my other basses so this is very annoying. My other basses are much older but apparently haven't been played as much, because I think this is just a classic symptom of worn frets. Still, I haven't had anything like this leap out at me on my other basses and it's buzzing badly even with the strings set up higher than I'd prefer.
As delivered this bass didn't make any unwanted noises but there was excessive relief and the strings were too high for me. I did notice the E string saddle was touching or nearly touching the bridge while the others were raised further, but I noticed too late to make an issue of it. I've wanted one of these for a couple years and really hoped this would come together easier.
US Peavey Club #214