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Setting String Height On Fretless Neck

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Robert Spencer, Jun 15, 2012.


  1. I`m all new to these things so am asking about this in regard to an upcoming build ( more like assembly). I will be installing a fretless neck so it seeme like a lot of the standard measurements are in need of adjustment. Without measuring distance (gap) from top of fret to bottom of string I assume i will have to use fretboard to string. I saw a video recently where someone used a quarter to gauge the gap and adjusted to that. Seeme like the figure given was 062.

    Anyway will those of you that have setup a fretless please give me something to go on. Thanks & take care.
     
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    here's the thumbnail sketch:

    the number one thing is to get the nut slots super-low, like maybe a business card higher than the wood.

    after that, get the neck itself almost straight (holding the tuned-up string down at the nut and at the body end of the board, you should see the tiniest gap under the middle, again in the ballpark of a business card, maybe two).

    then, adjust your saddles to be as low as they can go while still sounding good and not buzzing.
     
  3. Sounds like sound ( no pun intended ) advise Walter. One more aspect that I have questions about but forgot to ask. What method would i use to set relief (set up truss rod asjustment) without a top of fret measurment & going on fretboard to string distance ( gap)? Thanks again & take care. Bob
     
  4. Robert, Walter answered your question:

    " after that, get the neck itself almost straight (holding the tuned-up string down at the nut and at the body end of the board, you should see the tiniest gap under the middle, again in the ballpark of a business card, maybe two)." ;)

    Use the string itself as a straight edge from the first fingering position to the 20th.
     
  5. Thanks darius8. I got it this time. take care/ Bob
     

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