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  1. Originally posted by jrockbridge You really can't know that without having the guitar in front of you and checking the dip in the neck. Too many people are afraid of the truss rod, and go straight for the bridge every time. Always check the dip in the neck first. Mark the position of the truss rod (with white out for example). Then, try a small adustment like a 1/8th turn and see what happens. Sometimes, you will eliminate the string buzz that has been bothering you. Or, sometimes you will find an increase in sustain. The truss rod and the relief in the neck have an area of sweet spot and not just one possible position. Playing style will sometimes dictate the relief needed. Some guitars have a small sweet spot for the neck and truss rod while others have a larger sweet spot. But, don't be afraid of the truss rod...it's the easiest adjustment to change and put right back as long as you mark it first. He hasn't said that anything is wrong with the neck relief or indicated that it needs changing. I assume that since he trying to set intonation, since it is the LAST step, the neck relief is where he wants it. When setting up a guitar you would first set the neck relief, then adjust the bridge/saddle height(s), and finally set the intonation. My guess is that the guitar really does need a setup from start to finish but my statement was an attempt to dissuade him from changing something that may not have need to be changed to resolve the problem. For the original poster - invest in a copy of the book "How to Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great" by Dan Erlewine. It is available from both www.stewmac.com and www.amazon.com and is the best single-source of guitar setup and troubleshooting info. that I have found so far. A must-have resource. Hope this helps, -Ron
  2. +1 for Harry-L. Did you start setting your intonation with a fresh set of strings? This is very important. Also, what are the string gauges that you are using? As others have said, the truss rod is NOT the way to go. Adjusting your action at the bridge will change the point of intonation but there may be other factors in play. -Ron
  3. I'm relieved that you finally arrived at the "right" decision. The SG Classic is great the way it is! Now, go play. I command you! -Ron
  4. Originally posted by guitarlady Why not just get an SG that comes with other pickups, like a standard or a 61 reissue or an Angus Young, and keep your existing SG classic with the P90s rather than buy another SG classic and change the pickups on the one you have? +1? Unless you are planning to re-route your "old" SG Classic's body/pickguard and drill the guard so you can add the hummer mounting hardware, you have pretty much limited yourself to what pickups you can put in there as well. Are we all missing something? -Ron
  5. orourke - You have pretty much described my playing experience up to this point so I understand completely. d_dave_c - Also, same kind of story here. Got married, had a few kids, quit hanging with the band members, pretty much left guitars in their cases for 10 years. Got back into it eight years ago and as you said, "the progress is slow going". I only really get to play after the wife and kids have gone to bed. I find myself doing the same thing over and over as I do some minor pentatonic wanking to warm up. Then by the time I warm up, it is time that I need to go to bed. Very frustrating. Keep 'em comin' guys. I find this VERY interesting if not a little therapeutic. -Ron BTW orourke - Thanks for the compliment on the forum. I am hoping to attract a good crowd to it.
  6. I am interested to see if anyone else has dealt with this kind of problem... I have suffered from a mild form of chronic depression all my adult life (I am 41 now). This depression extends to my guitar playing in that I get very depressed when I take stock of my abilities compared to how long I've been playing (about 25 years) and how much time and resources that I have put into it. Roughly six months ago there were a couple of traumatic/catastrophic events in my life that pushed the general depression to an all time low. About a month into this depression a couple of old friends of mine invited me out to see Sonny Landreth at a local venue. This guy is flat out phenomenal. I would rate him one of if not the best guitar player on the circuit today. Upon watching Landreth up close I have become so despondent with my own playing that I find it very difficult to even pick up my guitar and play. I am trying to work through this. I even set up a new guitar forum on my server to keep grounded in the guitar world and to try and re-light a fire under my playing. (Time for a shameless plug - go to http://www.theguitarcave.com/phpbb2/index.php to check it out.) Anyone else dealt with this or is dealing with this type of problem? I'd like to hear about it. -Ron
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