Hello everyone, I recently rediscovered an old guitar of mine, an Ibanez PF 10 from late 80s,which I bought then gave my brother... Well today I went to see my father and his wife, who is my first guitar teacher (life is strange sometimes). My guitar was still there in good state... Hard case kept it in good conditions. The only small problem is the action, which is definitely too high... Aspettiamo it has always been. Is it risky to try to set it now after maybe 27 years? Shall I bring it to a guitar shop?
Post by Anteriormente Pura Vida! on Nov 6, 2017 17:12:12 GMT -5
Even thought it's been kept in a case, I'd make sure it's properly hydrated. It likely needs some humidification, which may or may nor resolve some of your action issues. Once it's been acclimated, if it seems ok otherwise, you can try to do a setup. If you're unsure, it's always a good bet to take it to a trusted luthier. Good luck!
Depending on how bad it is you might be able to make the adjustments yourself. As long as the neck relief is good, check the action at the 12th fret. Another good check is to use a 24" scale to project the neck to the bridge. The straight edge should project to the top of the bridge or slightly above. If it projects 1/32" below you might be able to sand the bottom of the saddle. If it projects 1/16" below you'll probably have to sand some material off of the top of the bridge. With an older inexpensive guitar that's about the only option. A neck reset is $300-$500, far more than the guitar is worth.