Using a high precision enginnered straight edge, the neck is set straight by adjusting the truss rod. All the frets are then marked with permanent marker and filed level. For this process I use a 19 inch levelling file, to acheive the best results. Once level, we can then apply a small amount of "fall away". Fall away is the levelling of the 12th frets onwards, at a greater gradiant than used on the main fret board. This "fall away" enables the guitar to have even lower action and helps to eliminate "fretting out" or "buzzing out" when performing "over bends" in the higher register of the guitar. Over bends are when a string is bent up to a note, far higher than normal, a technique used by Hendrix and many other great blues players.
Once all the frets are level, a fret dress can be performed. Each fret is recrowed, i prefer to use diamond fret files for this purpose. The frets ends are then profiled, smoothed and rounded. Then with the progressive use of finer and finer sandpapers, the frets are polished to a mirror finish.
Maybe one of the most misunderstood elements of a guitar. A truss rod sets the "relief" into a neck. Relief is the bow that is present in all necks. To perform correctly a neck must have a slight
bow, The relief of a neck depends on the string gauge used, style of play and most importantly, how well the frets have been levelled. Although truss rod adjustment does affect the
"action", it should not be used to adjust the action!! A very common mistake.
More often than not, I am able to achieve a relief setting, better than the manufacturers standard specified setting.
Once everything on the guitar is setup, we can then set the floating bridge. This setting is personal choice. You may like a relaxed tremelo, or set quite hard, almost hardtailed. My personal choice is to set a 2mm float, giving you movement up and down, with 5 tremelo springs.
Saddle height adjustment, is how the string height or "action" is set for each string. The correct saddle height also needs to correspond to the radius of the neck. Your neck radius will be
measured and then translated back to the saddle adjustment.
Nut slot height is such an important aspect of the guitar, which is often over looked. If the nut slot height is too high, open chords can sound sharp and be uncomfortable to hold down. Whilst
the guitar is under string tension, each nut slot is individualy checked and adjusted accordingly.
Your guitar is returned polished, shiny and clean. Rosewood fretboards are renurished with boiled linseed oil.