Strings arc

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Davidoc, Nov 7, 2000.

  1. Should the strings curve with the neck, or should they be at the same altitude?

    Is it an issue of preference?
  2. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    The best thing to do is to adjust the saddles at the bridge so that the strings generally follow the curvature of the fretboard/fingerboard. To prevent buzz, the E and A strings should be set slightly higher than the D and G strings. BTW, the degree of curvature is referred to as "radius," since the curvature can be described as a segment of an imaginary circle with a particular radius. Lower radius = more curvature; higher radius = less curvature.
  3. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    Since the "feel" of each string will depend on how high it is above the fingerboard (called the "action"), adjusting them so they all feel the same will naturally result in the strings following the fret radius.

    This happens to an even greater degree on fretless, since the string height drastically affects the tone.