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Jun 4, 2024 - 1:18:42 PM

darryl k.


747 posts since 1/12/2006

Hi . I have an OME triple x. Came with the original bridge. Has two connecting rods.
How do I measure for correct relief on the neck, and how do I adjust neck angle for higher or lower action??
Thanks for the help.

Jun 4, 2024 - 2:01:53 PM
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2968 posts since 9/18/2010

Not many simple answers to these questions.
Neck relief first:
This page from describes how to press a string down at the first fret and a higher fret, in this example the 14th fret of a guitar, but for a banjo use the first and last fret. The string should clear the 7th fret by about .015" to .020".

Action height:

Simplest thing to do is change the height of the bridge.

The co-rods can be used for minor action height adjustments, but before doing that it is a good idea to measure and be sure that the rim will not be forced too much out of round by the adjustment. If the rim will be out of round ("egged") the neck heel should be re-cut if action must be adjusted.

To adjust with co-rods, loosen the nuts at the tailpiece end of the rods, be sure the rods are snug at the neck end and thus holding the neck to the rim securely, snug the inside nut closest to the head, then check the actin height. if it is too low, tighten the inside nut on the rod closer to you at the tailpiece end, if that can be done without egging the rim. If the action is to high, tighten the outside nut, once again, only if the rim will not be egged. When the action is satisfactory, snug all the nuts.

Edited by - sunburst on 06/04/2024 14:05:01

Jun 4, 2024 - 10:42:15 PM

darryl k.


747 posts since 1/12/2006

Thanks. That helps a lot.

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