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    Lowering the action of an OLP

    I picked up a used OLP MM1 the other day, but the action needs to be lowered a bit. Can anyone tell me how I'd go about doing this? Pictures would be helpful, as I'm a visual learner. Thanks.

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    I don't have any pictures but I can talk you through it.
    First, you need to determine how much relief you want in the neck. Some people like a lot, some not so much. To determine neck relief, capo at the first fret and hold down the low E at the 22nd fret. Use some measuring tool to measure the gap between the 7th fret and the string. If its touching the fret, there's no relief. If there's a gap, it should be between 1/32" and 3/32" for a low action instrument (some might play better with a bit more relief; just keep in mind a lot of this is about how it feels when playing).
    Adjust your truss rod (consult mfg about truss rod but most follow the 'lefty loosey; righty tighty rule) to add or remove relief from the neck. Make tiny turns (1/8 -1/4 turn - never torque on it).

    Once you have enough relief in the neck, adjust the height of the bridge saddles to as low as you can get them without causing the strings to buzz too much under normal playing. Make sure to have the strings follow the curve radius of the fingerboard so its got the same radius.

    Retune your guitar after that and check your intonation. If you made any adjustments at all to your action, I'd personally redo the intonation on the instrument as well.

    Keep in mind that the OLP isn't exactly coming from the factory with quality control in mind. There may be a few frets that are higher than others (fact 'o life on a budget guitar) so if you lower the action and get a dead fret somewhere between 10 and 20, that might be why. Be prepared to do a little fret leveling in those cases.

    Good Luck.

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    Tune guitar-Adjust action so there is 1/16" between top of fret and bottom of each string at the 12th-Retune recheck gap

    If buzzing in 1st 3rd of neck loosen rod a 1/4 turn

    If buzzing in middle of neck tighten a 1/4 turn

    If buzzing remains raise action as needed

    Set intonation.

    Always action-relief-intonation in that order.

    Buy Dan Erlewine's "How to make your electric guitar play great."

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    Anyone else think this should be a Sticky?

    I've adjusted before, but I really want to thank you guys for posting this stuff. There are so many ways to skin a cat, if you know what I mean. The more ways you know to do it, the more effective you can be.

    Thanks again.

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    Also make a small mark on the rod before adjusting it, so you can get back to zero if need be. You might lose where it was initially if you have to adjust more than one or two 1/4 turns.

 

 

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