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#1 chimp_spanner

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Posted 16 June 2014 - 05:31 PM

Hey guys just trying to get my JTV69 action a little lower, although I'm not sure I'm going about it right. What kind of saddle height have you guys got going on (and where are you measuring from) for a nice fast/flat action?


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#2 edstar1960

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 02:29 AM

The saddle height will depend on where you have set the trem plate.  The JTV69 comes from the factory set up with the plate floating allowing you to pull back on the trem (raise notes) as well as dive bomb.  The saddles with the factory set up are not raised much at all - just enough to follow the radius of the guitar necks and frets to avoid buzzing.

 

If you don't want to use the trem or never want to pull back on it to raise notes - then you can lower the trem plat so it is flush with the guitar body - but then you will have to raise the saddles a fair bit to give your strings sufficient height over the frets so they don't buzz.

 

Your saddle height and action will depend on how you want your trem set up.   

 

If you lock the trem out with something like a tremo-no - then you can treat it like a hard tail and you will be able to achieve lower action - but if you want to use the trem then you will have to compromise and allow a little bit of extra height to allow for string movement when you engage the trem.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:09 AM

The answer is set it to your liking.  Playing style and neck setup have big influence on how low you can set the action.  My 69S was pretty good out of the box.  I lowered it just a bit at the bridge on the low E and A.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:14 AM

Be sure the setup eliminates fret buzz. Piezo pickups are far less tolerant of fret buzz than magnetic pups; buzzing with piezos will introduce undesirable artifacts into the resulting sound.


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Posted 17 June 2014 - 06:52 AM

The saddle height will depend on where you have set the trem plate.  The JTV69 comes from the factory set up with the plate floating allowing you to pull back on the trem (raise notes) as well as dive bomb.  The saddles with the factory set up are not raised much at all - just enough to follow the radius of the guitar necks and frets to avoid buzzing.

 

If you don't want to use the trem or never want to pull back on it to raise notes - then you can lower the trem plat so it is flush with the guitar body - but then you will have to raise the saddles a fair bit to give your strings sufficient height over the frets so they don't buzz.

 

Your saddle height and action will depend on how you want your trem set up.   

 

If you lock the trem out with something like a tremo-no - then you can treat it like a hard tail and you will be able to achieve lower action - but if you want to use the trem then you will have to compromise and allow a little bit of extra height to allow for string movement when you engage the trem.

 

Ahh fantastic - yeah I didn't know quite how to set up the bridge on this as I couldn't find mention of it in the manual or PDF's. So I can just adjust the trem posts and have the bridge flush? Might do that as I don't really plan on using the trem at all. Damn things are more trouble than they're worth ;)

 

As a side note, I'm absolutely loving this guitar. It's making me play in ways I never have before and the palm muting on it is soooo much better. I feel like my HD Pro "makes sense" now. It's almost a dream rig!

 

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#6 DarrellM5

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Posted 17 June 2014 - 08:47 AM

I bought mine from Sweetwater so the setup was almost spot-on to begin with.  I try to set my saddle heights to give me 4/64" string height above the fretboard at the 12th fret.


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