Getting the best from your instrument
Instruments work at their best when the set up of the instrument is maintained. Not only will a properly set up instrument sound it’s best, it will also feel the most comfortable to play.
Here is a list of items which sometimes need adjustment.
- Tuning pegs – Do they turn easily, or slip? Have they worn too far into the pegbox?
- Nut – Is the nut too high or low? Are the string grooves too deep? Do the string spaces work well for you?
- Fingerboard – Does it need resurfacing? Is the radius correct? Does the board have enough “dish”? Is it becoming unglued?
- Bridge – Are the strings the correct height above the fingerboard? Is the quality and cut of the bridge giving the best performance?
- Tailpiece – Is the tailgut too long? Does the tailpiece rattle or buzz?
- Sound post – Is it in the correct position, and have the correct tension and fit to help create the best sound?
In the humid months you may notice your instrument goes a bit dead and unresponsive. This can usually be corrected with either a soundpost adjustment, or new slightly longer post. This can be changed back when the weather becomes drier.