I have a roadworn 50s strat and 50s tele. I like to bend. I dont like high action (high E 3or4 64ths at the 12th fret). Here is what I do (pretty certain someone in this forum suggested it to me a few years ago). 1) Fret rocker to pick any rogue high frets. Love my rw strat but getting the frets seated and stable and lever was a pain in the arse 2) Truss rod as straight as you can get it. I dont even measure.. if I cant see a gap but hear a click when i press the string down at the 7th fret then I am good. 3) action to taste. This allows me to do a 2 step bend on the high e at the 12th fret using nyxl 1254. I didnt mention the importance of having your nut slots set correctly because that is just good housekeeping.