RELIEF – Make sure there is the right amount of relief/curve in the neck.

Neck relief refers to a small amount of concave bow intentionally created in the neck of a guitar or bass by adjusting the truss rod. Adding relief (increasing the amount of bow) to the neck, increases the space between the strings and the frets, allowing them to vibrate freely without buzzing. It is normally adjusted by either tightening or loosening the truss rod inside the guitar’s neck to either increase or decrease the bow. It’s especially important to adjust the relief of the neck if you’ve just changed the gauge of strings the guitar is set up for.

Adjusting neck relief is one of the few maintenance tasks only recommended to be carried out yourself if you know what you’re doing.

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