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    Default 20 inch OM intonation and setup?

    After over 2 years of slacking off with my project I managed to get it strung in white yesterday

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    The chords sounds quite different from my first mandolin which seems to have a sufficient setup.

    I went through the G string using a tuner app. The open string and 12th fret are good, but frets 1 to 11 are a bit sharp while 13 onwards are slightly flat. Should I move my bridge somehow or is this due to the action still being too high?

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    I also wanted to try a floating tailpiece with this OM. the 4/4 violin tail cord is a couple of centimeters on the short side. A viola one would only be 1 cm longer. Cello ones are way too long. I suppose I'll just make do with this. I need to use a stronger screw though, as it seems the tension has already bent the screw. This might be a reason why it doesn't seem to hold a tuning very well for now.

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    Default Re: 20 inch OM intonation and setup?

    Hard to tell from the pic, but is your neck flat? Too much relief can make an instrument not intonate.
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    Sorry for the hasty pictures. I don't have a ruler at hand, but the neck seems to be straight using the back of a book as a ruler. The neck has a truss rod, but it hasn't been moved yet. The fretboard has been sanded and leveled using the same settings.

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    Yes, the action looks to be on the high side. Try lowering it and see if the problem goes away. If not, you might have some frets that are slightly off.

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    The book will have give, if you don't have a straight edge fret the G string at the first and 12trh fret and look around the 6-7th frets to see where your relief is. You don't need but a couple thousands.
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