A rounded maple neck profile and ultra-modern weight relief make the Gibson Les Paul Studio Tribute a pleasure to play. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, Bath Thank you for signing up to Guitarist. “Some people also like to insert the strings back-to-front, so they wrap over the stopbar tailpiece, and Duane Allman was a big proponent of that. Using radius gauges, measure the fingerboard radius and the saddle radius and see if they match. “Once your neck is adjusted, look at the action at the nut,” Jim explains. Please refresh the page and try again. So, measured as described at the 8th fret, Gibson’s official spec looks for 10 and 12 thousandths of an inch [0.01 and 0.012-inch / 0.254 and 0.3048mm] there, which is a … “If you’re doing any kind of setup and you’re going to really dial it in, you need fresh strings. Guitar World is part of Future plc, an international media group and leading digital publisher. “The simple way to do this is to fit a capo at the 1st fret to hold down all the strings there, then hold down the strings where the neck joins the body, then inspect the gap between the top of the fret and the bottom of the strings at about the 8th fret. BA1 1UA. “Once you’ve checked the nut height at the 1st fret, it’s time to check the action at the 12th fret,” Jim says. Neck relief is about playability and is not used to set the action of the guitar. As long as it still has a positive break angle: you don’t want it so loose that the strings fall out of the saddles. Then repeat the same procedure for the bridge pickup, except here we adjust the bridge to 3/64ths of an inch. “You could raise the bar up and that’ll reduce the string angle and make it feel a little bit slinkier. “Starting with the neck pickup, you hold the high E string down at the highest fret and then measure the distance from the bottom of the high E string to the top of the pickup polepiece – and then do the same with the low E string. But, again, there’s no right or wrong.”. "Broken" Peghead Edges, Smoother Edges Hand-sanded peghead, neck and body edges beautifully capture the look and feel of a true vintage Les Paul. “As long as the amount of relief measured at the 8th fret is between the thickness of a sheet of paper and a business card, you’re in the right ballpark,” Jim explains. This item is out of stock, but we build most left-handed guitars on demand.