Rick Turner Models Owners Manual

Rick Turner Models Owners Manual
Rick Turner Models Owners Manual
S6 and S6 Flame, N6, and B4
Strings
S6 & S6 Flame: D’Addario EXP16 Coated Phosphor Bronze (.012-.053).
N6: D’Addario EXP45 Coated (Normal Tension).
B4: D’Addario EXL170 Long Scale (.045-.100).
To change them, feed the string through the string ferrule on the back of the instrument, over the saddle, and to the
tuner post. Make sure to leave enough slack in the string to get two or three good wraps around the post.
More wraps than this will cause tuning problems later. Tune the string to pitch, then stretch the string at the 12th fret.
Repeat these steps until the wraps are tight and the string stays in tune.
After playing It’s always a good idea to completely wipe down the body, fretboard, strings, and hardware
prior to putting your guitar away. The natural oils from your fingers can, over time, damage the finish and
hardware of your instrument.
Any quality guitar polish/cleaner can be used on your Michael Kelly instrument if it has a gloss finish. We
recommend not using furniture polish because it will leave a filmy residue that will build up over time.
Fretboard
Maintenance
Cleaning &
Maintenance
You should only deep clean your fretboard once or twice a year so you don’t disturb the natural moisture
of the wood. Cleaning too much could dry out the fretboard and create cracks in the wood. It’s also
important to oil the board twice a year. We recommend bore or mineral oil for this. Just remove the
strings, apply a small amount of your preferred oil to the fretboard and let it sit for a while to soak in.
After about 30 minutes wipe off any residual oil and restring.
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More Relief
(loosen)
Less Relief
(tighten)
Truss Rod
Adjustment
The first step is to
“eyeball” the neck by
turning the guitar on its
side and looking down
the fretboard. You will
be checking to see if
the neck is straight, has a back-bow, or too much relief.
Make sure your guitar is tuned to pitch before checking
the neck. Some players like a perfectly straight neck and
some like to keep a bit of relief in their necks. A perfectly
straight neck might not work if you pick hard and still like
very low action. If that’s the case a small amount of relief
will be better for you.
Sight down the neck from the headstock to see how
much of a bow or back-bow the neck has. To do this hold
the neck up to eye level and sight along the edge of the
fretboard on both treble and bass sides. If the neck is
bowed, you will have to tighten the truss rod. If the neck
has a back-bow you will have to loosen the truss rod.
Back-bow
Up-bow/relief
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Place the 4 mm allen wrench supplied with your guitar
on the adjustment nut of the truss rod and turn gently in
small increments. Turn the allen wrench towards the treble
side to loosen and towards the bass side to tighten. Keep
checking the neck with each small turn until the neck has
the desired straightness.
Make sure to not tighten the rod too much (when it
becomes hard to turn) because it could result in stripping
the threads or perhaps even breaking the rod itself.
Once you have made your adjustments to the neck you
might have to adjust the action of the strings to prevent
fret buzz.
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Rick Turner Models Owners Manual
S6 and S6 Flame, N6, and B4
String
Action
Unless you are experienced in making adjustments to the size and shape of an acoustic saddle
it’s best to have this done by a professional.
Rick Turner models are equipped with two control pots that feature 10 “soft” denents which enables you to
lock in your tone even during transport. The first pot is the master volume and the second is the master tone.
The USA made Dtar Wave-Length Undersaddle Pickup and Preamp utilize two AA batteries to produce 18
volts of headroom. The Dtar system also has a bass and treble boost that can be set by opening the control
cover and adjusting the two small trim pots located on the Dtar preamp itself. Once these are set the player
can adjust the overall bass and treble by turning the master tone pot on the front of the guitar. The output jack
of the guitar is a component of the Dtar system and turns the system off when not connected to a guitar cable
for better battery life.
Master Tone
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Controls
Master Volume
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S6 and S6 Flame, N6, and B4
Battery
Replacement
To replace the two AA alkaline batteries open the control cover cavity on the back of the guitar and
remove the battery pouch, You might have to loosen the Dtar jack and move it to the side to remove
the battery pouch. Always use alkaline batteries for better battery performance.
Battery Pouch
Dtar System
Bass & Treble
Trim Posts
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