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Rick Andrews and other experts answers guitar repair questions
For almost one year, guitar luther Rick Andrews answered your guitar repair questions. After recieving over 500 questions we put together the most popular questions and answers. Today, we are involving other great guitar builders and will continue to expand this area in the future. This section will no longer be interactive but you should find most of your guitar building and repair questions have already been answered in this section.

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  •   Tailpiece Height
    From: Aurele Vitali
    To: Rick Andrews
    Hi Rick,
    I was so impressed by your reply last week (pickup height) that I thought of asking you something else. I hope you don't mind. It regards to the height of the "tailpiece" on my Les Paul (Custom).

    I've read two different approaches: (1) The top of the tailpiece should just clears the bridge or, (2) the tailpiece should placed snug against the body. Apparently, the height affects overall sustain..

  • Ricks Answer to - Tailpiece Height

    From: Rick Andrews
    To: Aurele Vitali
    Subject: Re: Tailpiece Height

    Your very welcome Aurele, my pleasure any time. Many years ago when I played Les Pauls I am thinking I dropped my tailpiece down to snug at the body but the main thing is the strings must be at a lower level than the bridge saddles so they will angle over and press tightly against the saddle slot so the string is pinched of well. I tightened mine down so there would be no rattles or buzzing anywhere.
    Rick Andrews
    Andrews guitar

  •  Question about changing my bass strings

    About changing the strings...What, if anything, different should I do when putting the top 4 of a 5-string set on a 4-string bass? I need the B-string and I dont use my G-string much.
  • Ricks Answer to - a question about changing my bass strings

    From: Rick Andrews

    If you are using the standard 5 string bass tuning of G D A E B it will work fine since you do not use the G much in your case. If you put the 4 strings D A E B on a four string bass just beware of the slots in the nut will be a bit smaller so you may need to widen the nut slots to accomodate the bigger strings. The larger D string will be replacing the smaller G string, the larger A string will be replacing the smaller D string, the larger E string will be replacing the smaller A string, and the larger B string will be replacing the smaller E string.

    So each notch will be a tiny bit larger. Just be careful to do this properly and to fit the guage strings you are going to use.

    Same thing at the bridge. It's just a matter of matching the notch to the string so it will fit snug enough not to rattle or buzz but still pinch off the string. Your bridge saddles may have to raise slightly higher and the intonations will have to be reset for each string. The tension on the neck may change somewhat depending on the guage of string you will be using.

    Watch the neck closely and see if it tends to curve in any direction after the other changes have been made. If the neck tension does change then you may have to reset the truss rod slightly to accomodate the difference. Once all this has been done and is set up properly then it will work fine.
    However, there may be a more simple option you may want to try first.

    On the four string bass you can use the G D A E and tune each string down to the D A E B tuning and see what happens. If the four string bass had a slightly heavier guage string then it would amount to about the same thing by down tuning. You can first try that and see how it plays and feels to you own taste. If that suits then you would save a lot of adjustment and work. The nut slots and bride saddles would stay the same. That would be my first choice.
    Rick Andrews
    Andrews Guitar

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