About to do my first setup

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Mike Brown, Dec 21, 2014.

  1. Mike Brown

    Mike Brown Guest

    Sep 1, 2014
    I have a CIJ 62RI jazz that I'm about to set up. First of all, I'm gonna take off the neck. The things I need to do are adjust saddle height, tighten the truss, and clean the gunk off the fingerboard.

    I have a thing of "Murphy Oil Soap" is that good for rosewood? Or would I be better off just using a damp cloth then a dry cloth.

    Also I don't have digital calipers or anything, but I've heard people using the thickness of a credit card for reference. What do I need to know about that?

    Most importantly, I'm planning on taking off the neck while keeping the strings attached so I can clean the board, tighten the rod and put it back on. Should I put a capo on for that? and if so, where? I was told at one point to put it on the headstock side of the nut, but I don't want to bend the strings unnaturally or anything. SHould I put it on the nut?

    Any other advice would be great. Thanks
  2. Without resorting to luthier/guitar tech specific tools; normal tools for measuring a bass/guitar's action could consist of feeler gauges, 6" mechanic's rule in 64ths and millimeters, fractional drill bit shanks. Nickels, dimes, quarters, and credit cards can also work. The calipers you speak of whether they be digital, dial, or vernier will only work in measuring the nickels and dimes after the fact. They're not really useable for direct measurement on the fretboard.

    I use a capo for holding strings in place. For removing the neck on my precision I place the capo between the first and second fret.
    As an aside, I also use the capo as a third set of hands when replacing strings after I've drawn them all the way through the bridge and up past the tuners. It holds them taught, ball end nice and snug in the bridge/trapeze while I'm fiddling with the cutters/end of strings and tuners.
    In fact, it's the only thing I use it for and was bought specifically for changing the strings on my guitars.

    I keep my fretboards clean by wiping with a damp rag and drying almost immediately. I leave them damp just long enough for the water to act as a mild solvent. All crud is easily removed this way. I've cleaned really filthy fretboards by scraping from fret to fret with a sharp item. A credit card, or sharpish piece of plastic work well for this. I've even used double edged safety razors (the kind most of us used 50 years ago) as they are nice and flexible and fit any fretboard radius.

    Have fun.
  3. Mike Brown

    Mike Brown Guest

    Sep 1, 2014
    DO I need to worry about oiling the board or anything? Also I'm still scared of taking off and putting on the neck.

    Oh also, my idea is that while the capo holds on the strings, I take off the neck and clean the board. Where should the capo be then. RIght on top of the nut?

    (I turned the rod a little today, and I had a little trouble getting the neck back into the pocket. Is there a better way to do that apart from just wiggling it?)