Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Intonation, Action and Playability
Setting up a guitar for the proper intonation, action and overall playability is one of the most frustrating experiences I have with electric guitars. With acoustics, I didn't have to bother with it that much since I am usually pretty happy with the configuration of the instrument coming out of the store. With electrics, however, there is the do-it-yourself aspect of Fender guitars in particular where a tinkerer like yours truly can swap necks, bodies, pickups, bridges, etc. And of course with each hot rodding or modification, the guitar setup is the final indication whether I'm going to be happy with the final product. So when I bought the Fender Marauder, it did come with this card from the factory indicating the precise setup at the 1st and 12th frets for strings 1 and 6. There's got to be process in the factory where they can train anyone to setup any electric guitar. Anyway, I do not intend to mess with the Marauder anytime soon. It plays fine the way it is.