Okay, now we have removed most of the screws
that hold the neck back in. We’re just going to replace that shim with the other shim that
we have created that is thinner. And, hopefully, this one will work better. So take the bad
one out, try the next size.
This one’s clear plastic so it’s a lot harder to see, but it is just another little piece
of plastic like the last one. It’s a little bit thinner about half as thick as the other
one. Place it in position. Notice on this one, I left that one string
on there to speed up the process. One string won’t add so much tension that we can’t get
it back together. And then we’ll replace the bolts or screws that hold the neck in place
just like before.
You can see that this is a process of testing, trying something out, making an adjustment
and then testing it and trying it again until you get it right. And that’s one of the reasons
why when you go to your music store, your local music store, and have a set up done,
it’s a good $50.00 because this is a slow, meticulous process. There’s no way to speed
it up and there’s a lot of steps involved. There’s a lot of things that can be, can be
wrong or that need adjustments and so $50.00 is a pretty reasonable price for a typical
set up and I’ve seen them go as high as about $120.00, depending on what your instrument
particularly needs. And we want to make sure we tighten it down good and tight by hand.
I’ve seen people do this with a drill. I would not recommend that, it’s a very easy way to
strip your instrument’s strings. Now, again, we’ll take a test. It is still too low or
it’s still too much of a, but, we have not adjusted the height of the saddle. So let’s
do a quick, simple adjustment and see whether or not it’s within the range of the saddle