Tuning, Setup and Maintenance

If you haven’t owned and used headless guitars before, tuning, string changes and the setup process may seem a little daunting at first. But you will soon find that maintenance work on a .strandberg* guitar is quite intuitive and easy to perform once you get a hang of it.

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String changes

Strings need to be changed every once in a while and this process is something that every player needs to be familiar with. If changing to new strings of the same type and gauge, please follow our online guide and you’ll be done in no time: https://strandbergguitars.com/how-to-re-string-your-strandberg-guitar/

If you’re changing to another type of string and/or tuning, additional setup may be needed as well. This includes neck relief adjustment, string height adjustment, setting intonation, filing of the nut, and balancing of the tremolo bridge (in you have one). More on that subject below.

Neck relief adjustment

A properly adjusted neck is crucial to ensure the best possible performance from your .strandberg* guitar or bass. An unfavorable neck angle is usually caused by changes in temperature/humidity and/or changes in string tension (gauges/tuning) which means that such setup work will occasionally have to be done on most instruments. Please use our online guide whenever a tweak of the neck is called for: https://strandbergguitars.com/how-to-adjust-the-truss-rod-of-your-strandberg-guitar/

Bridge setup

This part of the setup on a .strandberg* instrument contains various elements depending on the bridge type, including the adjustment of string height, intonation, and tremolo action. Please get familiar with our bridges through the following online guide that also addresses common problems and how to solve them: https://strandbergguitars.com/how-to-setup-and-use-the-strandberg-egs-series-5-tremolo-system/

Setting intonation is a procedure that is different depending on who you ask and who you are as a player. Setting this up to your requirements may take some experimenting, but a good place to start can be found in our FAQ: https://support.strandbergguitars.com/article/97-adjusting-intonation

Other areas of importance

Besides fundamental setup, there are other aspects of a guitar or bass that may require attention to get your beloved instrument to where you want it to be. Maybe it needs to be tweaked in certain areas to make it truly yours, you’ve encountered an obstacle on the way to greatness, or you simply need additional details about specifications.

Pickups and electronics are ever-popular topics worldwide and for good reason. You’ll find detailed information on this subject in the shape of online articles as well as FAQ topics available on our website:





Even though troubleshooting isn’t the most fun thing in the world, things do happen and a lot of useful information can be found in our FAQ:


There is also an abundance of additional practical and inspirational information to be found in the Support and Magazine portions of strandbergguitars.com for the player in need of assistance or to simply feed one’s desire for knowledge. If an answer to your question can’t be found through these channels, please get in touch through [email protected] and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Keep playing, keep learning, and stay headless!

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