I had a lightbulb above the head moment last night.|
The setup on the guitar I use most has been left untouched apart from some slight adjustments to the truss rod to correct seasonal changes in the curvature of the neck.
Playing this guitar has been so tiring, really hard in fact. It always felt less 'slinky' and pliable when it came to string action than my previous main guitar.
I knew that the string break angle from the bridge to the the stop tail effected tone but I was happy enough with the noise coming out and didn't want to monkey with it.
Last night somebody elaborated further on the string break angle, mentioning that a severe angle increases string tension... And that lightbulb lit up.
I checked. The stop tail was almost to the deck. Two full turns of the adjusting screws anti-clockwise and all that horrible stiffness was gone. It's made the exercises in Rocksmith considerably easier, especially harmonics and I don't have to maintain crushing pressure to keep barre chords ringing out cleanly.
My last guitar had a trapeze tailpiece so I must have got used to a shallow break angle and a more slinky feel to the action.
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