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Offline endo alley

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mandolin setup
« on: Oct 22, 2006, 06:31:43 PM »
I am adjusting the setup of a mandolin. I am wondering if anybody can give me some input as to their preferred neck and bridge adjustments. Specifically how much forward neck lean is optimal in the tuned/strung up instrument? And how to determine the best bridge height for sound and playability. Thanks. 

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Re: mandolin setup
« Reply #1 on: Oct 22, 2006, 10:04:39 PM »
No idea what "neck lean" is.

Strings above first fret E to G: .016", .017", .018", .020"
E above 12th fret .049", G above 12th fre .062"
Relief about .010" at 7th fret.

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Re: mandolin setup
« Reply #2 on: Oct 23, 2006, 05:52:04 PM »
Thanks for the reply- The term "forward neck lean" came from a guitar setup website. I think they were differentiating between forward or concave neck relief as opposed to a convex shape or an or S shaped neck problem. In my case I may have a little too much concave neck relief. I assume that the height of the strings at the nut above the first fret must be checked and corrected if need be first, prior to truss rod adjustment. I also assume the 7th fret relief  of .010 (under string tension) is measured using a straight edge on the fingerboard starting at the first fret and not at the nut. And the bridge/ string height adjustment is last.
 I don't think I need to worry about fret wear on this instrument. But if I were checking that I assume I would adjust the neck perfectly straight (with no strings). Using a straight edge with fret notches cut in. And file down any high frets enough to level them with th others.
 This is  mandolin a -Gold Tone- is not a fine or valuable instrument. But I would like to get it playing as well as I can. Thanks.

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Re: mandolin setup
« Reply #3 on: Oct 23, 2006, 06:05:25 PM »
Rough set action at 12th fret, rough set intonation, set relief.  Then set action at 12th & 1st, then final intonation.

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Re: mandolin setup
« Reply #4 on: Oct 23, 2006, 08:23:37 PM »
Thanks for the help.

 




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