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Bobkat Specs and Setup Guide

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AIRLINE BOBKAT
Weight (lbs)7.7
Weight (lbs) in Case 17.6
Upper Bout11 1/4"
Lower Bout13 1/2"
Body Width1 5/8"
Body Length18"
Total Length37  1/2"
Nut Width1 5/8"
Scale Length25 1/2"
Frets (#)20
Radius12"
PickupsARGYLE
SwitchingSOLO/RYTHM
Case Fit612
Strings#10-46

Congratulations on your purchase, and welcome to the Eastwood and Airline family!

All Eastwood® Guitars are fitted with high-quality modern components that offer an optimal playing experience that far exceeds their 1960's original counterparts. It is hard to find a guitar these days that oozes more vintage style than an Eastwood®!

Please refer to the following guide when setting up your new Bobkat to factory settings. This guide is intended for the Bobkat model.

NECK RELIEF: This refers to the amount of bow we like to put in the neck, and should always be the first step when setting up your instrument. All Eastwood and Airline truss rods are designed for use with a 4mm hex wrench or allen key.

With a capo holding down the strings at the first fret, push down the low E string in the 15th fret. Look at the gap between the top of the 7th fret and the bottom of the string you are holding down - the string should just barely be passing over the fret. If you can fit anything more than a piece of printer paper through here, the neck is bowed too far forward, and you will need to turn the truss rod counter-clockwise to flatten it out. If the strings are touching the fret, the neck is bowed backward and you will need to turn the truss rod clockwise to add relief. Try to turn the key in small increments, and check the neck after each adjustment. DO NOT attempt the adjustment if you are not comfortable doing so, as you can potentially cause damage. Bring the guitar to a trained professional instead.

ACTION: This refers to how "playable" the guitar is for you, and is determined by the distance between the bottom of your strings and the top of your frets. You can adjust this distance by raising or lowering the bridge using a slotted screwdriver, or by turning the wheels. Measure the distance between the bottom of the Low E string and the top of the 12th fret. Set it so that this distance is ~5/64". Measure the distance between the bottom of the High E string and the top of the 12th fret. Set it so that this distance is ~4/64". From here you can make minor tweaks until the strings are at a height that is comfortable for your playing.

INTONATION: This refers to the fine-tuning of your guitar. A properly intonated guitar is one that sounds in tune across the entire neck. This should be your last step of the setup, as raising your strings or changing your neck bow will have a drastic effect on your intonation.

Using a tuner, make sure all your strings are in tune first. Check your intonation one string at a time beginning with the Low E. This string should also read as "E" in the 12th fret. If it is flat, you will need to make the string shorter by moving the saddle towards the pickups. If the note is sharp, make the string longer by moving the saddle away from the pickups. Be sure to re-tune the string after each adjustment

PICKUP HEIGHT: This refers to the distance between the bottom of your strings and the top of the pole pieces in the pickups. These should be set properly so that your strings have equal output, and the guitar's tone is represented as it should. That said, the following measurements are guidelines only, and you should experiment with different heights to achieve a tone you are happy with.

Hold down your Low E string at the last fret, and measure the distance between the bottom of the string and the top of the pole piece of each pickup. Do the same with the High E string.

Distance at bridge pickup: ~ 1/16"

Distance at neck pickup: ~ 3/32"

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