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why are my guitar strings
Old 15th December 2010
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why are my guitar strings

why are my guitar strings high off the fretboard in the higher keys (12th fret and higher)

but really close to the fret board in the low keys ( where chords are played)

The guitar neck looks pretty straight if you ask me. Except that i looks like the guitar on the low end where chords are played is tilted away from my body where as the highs are tilted more towards me.

If i do need truss rod adjustment would you say tighten or loosen the truss rod
Old 15th December 2010
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Originally Posted by XxSicRokerxX View Post
Except that i looks like the guitar on the low end where chords are played is tilted away from my body where as the highs are tilted more towards me.
Horizontally, or vertically when the guitar is in your lap? If H, a truss rod adjustment might do the trick. If V, that would mean that the neck is not squared to the body. If this is the case - do not do anything, but bring the guitar to a reputable qualified luthier.

Best bet is to get a metal straight edge, and with the guitar tuned to pitch, place the edge of the straight edge along the frets. Do all the frets touch? Do only some - if so, which ones? If only some touch, the neck is in definite need of a truss rod adj. - depending on which frets and how many will dictate which way to turn the rod and how much. If you choose to do the adj yourself, turn the rod in very small increments, rechecking the fret level after each slight turn.

Another thing to look into (not concerning the "tilted" part) is bridge and nut. The hight of the bridge and/or saddles, along with the nut will also be a key factor in string height, and it's consistency up and down the neck.

Again, best bet is always a qualified service person. Most reputable qualified luthiers - especially when it comes to something seemingly minor such as this - will look at the guitar and give you a quick synopsis at no charge.

Best of luck.
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