Neck adjustment and intonation tips?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Lackey, Sep 16, 2002.

  1. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    Hey,, my Jazz bass has too much relief in the neck, from the top which way do I turn the truss rod (and how much!).

    Also,, I'm 99% sure to increase the scale length on a string when its in tune at the nut and sharp higher up the neck,, this is correct right??
  2. Chambers


    Apr 9, 2002
    Vancouver, WA
    Typically, to take relief out of the neck, you tighten the trussrod. This is clockwise looking at the nut. Turn in 1/4 turn incriments and check. You can see how much that moves it and how much more or less it needs to be moved.

    As for intonation, if the 12th fret note is higher than the 12th fret harmonic, the scale needs to be longer. And vice versa...