Original Styled Neck
Most St. Blues Guitars come with Graduated Sperzel USA made tuners post height for straight & even pull through genuine bone nut. Combine this with our design of the headstock being 3.5º tilt produces an even tension coming off of the nut. Also, aesthetically speaking there is no need for a tie-down.
Adjustable Neck Truss Rod
The Neck Adjustment Nut is located at the headstock. If the neck is bowed away from the strings the nut should be tightened (clockwise). Use the enclosed Allen driver. Usually a quarter turn or less is required. While turning the screw it is helpful to apply pressure to the neck in the same direction as the required adjustment. It is recommended to have a trained technician perform this adjustment.
NECK/MIDDLE PICKUP - There are two height adjustment screws, one at each end of the pickup. To raise the pickup turn the screws counter-clockwise. To lower the pickup turn the screws clockwise.
BRIDGE PICKUP – There are three height adjustment screws. To raise the pickup turn the screws clockwise. To lower the pickup turn the screws counter-clockwise.
String Height Adjustment
St. Blues uses six individual bridges for maximum intonation. Each has two height adjustment screws. To raise the strings turn the screws clockwise. To lower the strings turn the screws counter-clockwise. Low string action makes for easier playing but if the strings are too low they will buzz on the frets.
String Length Adjustment
There are six length adjusting screws. If a string sounds flat when played at the twelfth fret compared with the open string harmonic at the same fret, turn the screw counter-clockwise to shorten the string. If a string sounds sharp to the harmonic, turn the screw clockwise to lengthen the string.
Volume and Tone Knobs
Most St. Blues guitars come with separate volume and tone control knobs for the bass and treble pickups. In addition, each guitar has a three position pickup selector which allows instantaneous selection of the bass pickup, the treble pickup or a tonal blend using both pickups. When the pickup selector is combined with the tone and volume controls, three different sounds can be present and chosen simply by switching the pickup selectors.
When the volume and tone knobs are turned all the way clockwise, they are in the open “on” position. When the pickup selector is down, the treble pickup (closest to the bridge) is in use. When the selector is up, the bass pickup is in use. The middle selector position is a blend of both pickups. When using only one pickup, only that pickups tone and volume controls will have an effect.
On St. Blues models which have three pickups, the bass pickup and the middle pickup are wired together, and the instrument is then controlled just as if it had only two pickups. When the selector is down, the treble pickup is on. When it is in the middle all three pickups are on.
Push/Pull on the Bluesmaster Model
If you pull the control it will cut some coil out of the pickups, giving 2 distinct sounds out of the pickups selected. Also, you will hear more of a vintage sound. If you push down the control it gives a more modern sound and gives a 30% gain (from 9k to 6k).
Push/Pull on the Blindsider Model
It splits the Humbucker making it a single coil.
General Guitar Care
St. Blues instruments are exquisitely detailed with thin Nitrocellulose high gloss finishes. With proper care, these finished can last the life of the guitar. Following these directions will ensure proper care and protection.
Clean all perspiration, fingerprints, dust and grime stains, etc. with a St. Blues polishing cloth after each use.
Polish using any non-abrasive pure carnauba based auto wax if the finish becomes stained or dull. Inexpensive Turtle Wax T-123 mixed 50/50 with water works better than most available specialty guitar polishes. Wipe in a circular motion at the speed which is slow enough to see small water bubbles form but fast enough to remove the polish completely before drying.
Protect your purchase from various chemicals such as household cleaners, especially chlorine. Many compound found in rubber padding or packaging materials, plastic bags, imported guitar stands, hand soaps, lotions sanitizers, etc., cause the finish to melt, dissolve, appear tacky, or color bleed.
The ideal humidity level for St. Blues guitar storage is about 35-40% while ideal temperature is around 70 degrees Fahrenheit. However, humidity is always more important than temperature, so if a compromise must be made during storage, look for the most stable environment within the optimum humidity level. Do not expose your instrument during use or storage to environmental extremes such as heat, cold, moisture, dryness, harsh direct sunlight, rain, etc. (These harmful condition may cause finish damage that is not covered by warranty.) As TK says, "If you are comfortable - your guitar is comfortable".
Do not loosen string tension when storing or transporting your instrument. The neck and body are designed to remain under tension at all times at full concert pitch. Do not let damp clothing with non colorfast dyes touch lighter guitars. Do not place anti-moisture packets or formulas with the instrument. These items contain harmful chemicals and could dry out the guitar to a damaging degree.