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You will NEVER be wrong if you static or load test it. Place them where you think they should go, place the rod under a load (I normally use a 1/3 flex a general rule) and review your guide set up and shuffle or add/remove as needed. The least amount of guides you can use is always best. keep the line following the general flex of the rod without too many large gaps and flat line spots between the guides. Too many guides reduces the fast response and crispness of the rod to little will cause stress points in the rod.

Different rods may require the same amount of guides spaced differently, a faster rod will require slightly more guides in the top section to allow the line to follow the blank better with its more drastic flex but less more increased space on down the blank as rod will typically flex less.

A slower action rod will be more evenly spaced thorough out the rod.
 
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