The Guitar Setup Calculator

The Guitar Setup Calculator

The Guitar Setup Calculator (GSC) is a one-of-a-kind database tool that lists numerous setup specifications inspired by the top luthiers and manufacturers in the industry- all at the touch of a button! Easily set up your guitar or bass to play it’s best! This tool is a compliment to our guide “How to Setup Your Guitar Like A Pro”, which explains the procedures required to execute a precision guitar setup. You can also get an overview on the setup procedure by downloading and reading our “Quick Setup Guide”, available to all of our mailing list subscribers.

How to use the Guitar Setup Calculator

First, read through the Guide (or related articles) to become familiar with the process and theory of a guitar setup. It is important to follow the steps in order. Once you are ready to tackle truss rod and string height adjustments, use the Guitar Setup Calculator to find your perfect setup using the settings provided.

Instructions

The Guitar Setup Calculator™ is broken down into three sections.

First choose either JB Custom, Factory Style, or User Defined settings.

JB Custom is a series of specifications inspired by Best-selling Author & Guitar Tech Guru, Jonny Blackwood’s best setups. Select from the appropriate choices in the drop-down lists. You must first choose the applicable guitar type (electric, acoustic, or bass). From the guitar type, you must choose the appropriate playing style to reveal the recommended setup specs based on your selections. To try a different selection or style, you must refresh the page to clear the previous entries. Hitting the “Finish” button will simply end your session.

Factory Style will give you specific factory-inspired setup specifications* for numerous brands. Select from the appropriate choices in the drop-down lists. You must first choose the applicable guitar type (electric, acoustic, or bass). From the guitar type, you must choose the appropriate brand to reveal the recommended setup specs based on your selections. To try a different selection or style, you must refresh the page to clear the previous entries. Hitting the “Finish” button will simply end your session.

User Defined will allow you to experiment with different settings to come up with your own version of the best setup for your guitar. Select from the appropriate choices in the drop-down lists. Try different combinations between neck relief and string height settings until you have struck gold! Write down the settings and keep them with your guitar. To try a different selection or style, you must refresh the page to clear the previous entries. Hitting the “Finish” button will simply end your session.

*Factory Style setup specifications are inspired by the published specifications and are not endorsed by the manufacturers. 

Legend

#6 string – commonly the low ‘E’ string, or the lowest and thickest string
#5 string – commonly the ‘A’ string
#4 string – commonly the ‘D’ string
#3 string – commonly the ‘G’ string
#2 string – commonly the ‘B’ string
#1 string – commonly the high ‘E’ string, or the highest or thinnest string

Settings suggested are to be measured at the fret specified for accurate results.

Note that the Guitar Setup Calculator provides suggestions only. The ultimate guitar setup is an art and one that will require practice to hone. What works on one guitar may not work on another- learn more about this by reading through the Guide. Understanding the correct setup procedures is key to getting the most out of this app.

Spend some time experimenting and feel the difference between different settings. Because you are measuring your adjustments, you can always revert back if need be.

Post your questions below!

Refresh page (ctrl + F5) to start over or try again


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One comment

  1. Post your favourite setup specs and the guitar model and if you find any bugs, let me know!

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