#1
So what is the general consensus on action? I prefer a higher action, which allows me to dig in alot more with my right hand, and eliminates pretty much all buzz.

Also, to those who play with both high and low actions, does it seem to make any difference in tone?
#3
I like it a bit high. but not super high.
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#4
big frets, low action

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#5
Low as low as possible without buzz. No idea why, I just like it this way.
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#6
low as possible, with little buzz, just enough to get a bit of bite. My band plays a lot of fast riffs, so I just don't want to have to fight with my bass.
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#8
On the higher side of medium, but still at the point where it's comfortable to play.

Better playability and better tone.
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#9
Low as i dared to go without any more much buzz (Higher frets of the E string buzz a bit)

Ive heard that if you wanna get a nice boomy tone you should raise your action ... but ive never needed/tried it.
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#10
Call it snobby but I think people should spend some face time with a playable upright before we start talking about action. In any case, I like high action with a near-straight neck. That way I can dig in and get that proper note bloom (and not that awful clank on the attack) while still getting some clank from my left hand. It's the best of both worlds - cutting Steve Harris clank without the lack of impact that low-action has.

I, still to this day, can never understand how people "need" or even prefer low/stupid low action.
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#11
sometimes I have my action similar to what fitz has said (and I roll tone back)

but right now I've got my action "stupidly" low and I dig the crap out of my strings and get all sorts of frets and such. If my pickups were open faced I would constantly hear strings hitting it.
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#12
Medium to low. However, on my Pbass clone, there's really now option, just high to really high, lol.
#13
Medium high, for slap, no buzz, quick playing.
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#14
I prefer low action because I don't like the boom sound as much. Gets too close too muddy. Unless my interpretation of what 'boom' means is different than what others have been saying.
#15
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Call it snobby but I think people should spend some face time with a playable upright before we start talking about action. In any case, I like high action with a near-straight neck. That way I can dig in and get that proper note bloom (and not that awful clank on the attack) while still getting some clank from my left hand. It's the best of both worlds - cutting Steve Harris clank without the lack of impact that low-action has.

I, still to this day, can never understand how people "need" or even prefer low/stupid low action.

I know what you mean about uprights. My crappy student model has action that's about 1.5 inches high. It hurts to play...
#17
I like me my low/stupid action.

Easier to play and a bit of buzz just adds balls to the equation. Although I think I could heighten the action on the Ibanez a little bit.
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#18
I keep my DG strings as low as possible, the EA just a bit higher, and the B quite high.

it actually works pretty damn well.
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#19
I have it on medium usually, i like a bit of tension pressing down but not too little.
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#20
my electrics are set as low as possible before any sort of buzzing. my upright is set a little higher for a bit more volume.
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#21
I personally like a good medium, so i can assault my strings. I just dont feel right playing softly.
#22
I like around medium to low, my Ibanez has very low action and my Musicman has around medium action. I prefer the action on the MM but I do find things like tapping a bit more effort on the MM compared with the Ibby.
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#23
last time I set up my bass, I set it to roughly the standard heights from the fender website, then raised it till there wasn't any fret buzz (the frets are a little worn I think, it's a well used bass).

I have mixed emotions about low action - ibanez style etc. sometimes it takes the effort out of playing and I'll play for ages; other times I feel it takes all the satifaction out of playing too. One factor is how complex the bassline is. I'd find playing rootnote 8th's with low action mindnumbing after one song, but with high action would probably go all night.
#24
i used to play very low with a little buzz, but i realized when I'd go to guitar center and jsut play any bass that was set up with normal or high action, my fingers would grow tired very easily, and the buzz on my bass slowly drove me insane, so I heightened it up.

Plus I noticed when I raised my action I needed to raise my P-bass pickup a little for a better sound.
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