Basic setup kit for 60's reissue SG Jr.

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    LeftyJr New Member

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    New to the forum here.

    Just picked up a lefty 60's reissue SG Jr. Awesome guitar. Looking to build a basic list of tools needed for basic maintenance. Action and intonation. Maybe initial bridge height.

    It's my only guitar so i don't need any sets of wrenches or anything. Just the right tool for each job.

    Thanks for any advice
     
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    Greetings & Salutations Lefty,
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    What you will need is an allen wrench to fit the truss rod and a screw driver for the bridge and pick up adjustment. That's it as far as basic tools. We have multiple threads here on how to properly set up your guitar. Biddlin has a nice write up that should get you going in the right direction.
     
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    Pics of the JR please.And Welcome.
     
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    You'll also need some feeler gauges.

    Also don't forget the hammer.
     
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    Quick coverage. This assumes no proud frets or twisted neck. The tools you will need are a great pitch or a good electronic tuner, screwdriver and truss rod wrench. All procedures are done with the guitar tuned to your standard, i.e. if you play in double-drop C that's the tuning you set up in. retune between each adjustment. Start with the bass side of the bridge and lower it until the note at fret 16/#6 string buzzes, then raise just enough to play clean. Now check the rest of the notes on string #6 and raise as needed to eliminate buzzing. Repeat on the treble side #1 string. The truss rod affects only the lower portion of the neck. If you have buzzing on frets 1-15, you need to loosen the truss rod by 1/16 turns until the notes are clean and then fine tune by slightly tightening and backing off until the notes are clean at the lowest possible action. For this, I usually play the first two strings, checking for fret-out when I bend notes, as well. Now use the two grub screws on either side of the bridge to adjust intonation. I usually adjust to the outside E strings, but my older and wiser brothers sometimes use the 2nd and 5th as their benchmarks.
    Good luck and where are those pics?
     
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    Thanks for the good info guys. I'll be posting pics when i get home later tonight. The avatar is kinda small to see the geetar...
     
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    If he uses Biddlin's method there is no need for feeler gauges. If it needs a hammer it's better off to take to a pro
     
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    All I got is this at the moment.

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    Nice JR. did it come with that pickguard ?
     
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    Looks nice! Welcome!!
     
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    I got it used like this from the local music store. Picked it up for 500 canadian $ (around 400 us). I think it was a good price.
     
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    Very nice. Jr '60s were around in 2011-2012 and had a black pickguard. Someone has added this pickguard and I like it
     
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    That's a really small guitar. Is that's why they call it a Junior ?

    Ha ha ... welcome LeftyJr. Sweet ride you got yourself. What amp will it be going through ? You'll learn to love that P90 pickup.

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