When you need to lower the action on an Epiphone guitar, start by tuning the instrument to standard pitch, then adjust the truss bar and turn the saddles clockwise to bring the action down. View a step-by-step demonstration in this free video on instrument tuning and maintenance.
Hi I'm Christian Hurd, and today in this clip, we're going to learn how to lower the action on an Epiphone guitar. Okay, so Epiphone is a company. It's a part of Gibson now, and most of their guitars nowadays are just like a lot of Gibson guitars. They use tunomatic bridges with stop tail pieces, and this kind of work will apply to most of those guitars. So, let's get started. The first thing you're going to want to do is tune the guitar up. In this case I'm tuning the standard pitch. So step two you're going to want to adjust the truss rod. You're going to want to use a Phillips screwdriver on this. You've got three screws here on this truss rod cover, unscrew them like so. In this case, we're going to use a five millimeter Allen wrench or hex key, working it clockwise is going to tighten it or cause more of a back bow or work its way towards a back bow. Working counter clockwise is going to give it more relief or more of an archer's bow and step three, you're going to adjust the saddles. Generally when I'm adjusting saddles I'll start with setting the bass side to 764ths of an inch on the bass side and 332nds of an inch on the treble side. Clockwise is going to bring the action down, counterclockwise is going to bring the action up. You're going to want to tune after each adjustment. Step four, check string height at the nut using a micrometer, on the bass side anywhere from 64th of an inch to a 32nd of an inch is an acceptable range to start with. On the treble side, a little closer to a 64th of an inch is probably best. Step five, if adjustments are necessary, we use a gauged file for each slot and very carefully move it back and forth until you get the desired height. If you go too far, you might have to build it back up. Hopefully you won't have to use thees during this part of a setup. Hopefully your guitar is already fairly close in that range. Once you've got the action to the desired height, check your intonation and you do that by tuning up all the open strings and then play the octave string or play the same note on the 12th fret. In this case it's the low E then the octave and you're going to want to make sure that those are in tune with each other. I'm Christian Hurd, and that's how you lower the action on an Epiphone guitar.