|To make the most out of playing enjoyment with your new Pederson Custom Guitars (formerly Abyss Guitar Company) guitar, please follow these instructions carefully.
Make sure the guitar has had no shipping damage. If the box appears to be damaged, call UPS back. Have them come and open the box for you in case there is any internal damage to the guitar. This way, they can witness it when they open the case. If you do open it and there is internal damage, call UPS right away and have them inspect it.
The guitar was tuned and set up at the Pederson Custom Guitars (formerly Abyss Guitar Company) shop, but it may need to be re-tuned after the long journey it has taken to reach you. The truss rod may need minor adjustment, which can be done by a qualified technician in your area. Most rods require a 1/8” allen wrench, and some of the older Standard Electrics require a 3/16” allen wrench.
Always put the guitar in the case when you are done playing it, even for a short period of time. The environment inside the case is more consistent than leaving it out on the couch. You will have fewer problems with tuning and truss rod adjustments. This will also ensure the finish does not become marred.
For high gloss finishes, you can buff small scratches with 3M 05973 buffing compound and a buffing rag, both available at an automotive store. If you just want to shine your guitar and take off the fingerprints, or after using the 3M 05973 buffing compound, you can use the 3M 05996 Foam Polishing Pad/hand glaze. Use a new rag to keep your guitar in perfect shape and an ultra high gloss.
For oil/satin finishes just take some 600/800 grit sand paper and lightly brush over the scuff and apply some oil then wipe off the excess, repeat if necessary.
The guitar was strung with .010’s-.046’s or .009-.042’s. When you change string gauge or action height you will need to re-intonate the guitar and adjust the truss rod. We suggest that you when you change strings do them one at a time by taking one off and putting the new one on, then do the other five the same way. If you are experienced at set up, you can change them all at once. If you have any apprehension at all in doing guitar set up, take it to a technician. If something goes wrong, this is not covered under the warranty of the guitar.
For maple fingerboards use tung oil for conditioning. For rosewood and ebony, use the Stew Mac fingerboard conditioning oil. Wipe off and buff with a rag.
If you follow these simple instructions you will have maximum playing pleasure. If you have any questions please contact us. Thank you!