What is involved in a guitar set up?

A guitar set up is the guitar equivalent of taking your car to a mechanic for a service and tune up.

Personal preference is a large factor when considering how to set up your guitar, for example a slide player may prefer a heavy gauge string and a high fretboard action where a metal player or a shredder may like low action and thinner strings.

A setup will usually involve the following guitar maintenance components:

  • Adjusting the bridge
  • Adjusting the nut
  • Making sure your pickups are secure
  • Adjusting the truss rod
  • Adjusting intonation
  • Restringing your guitar
  • Polishing and cleaning
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