#1
Hey guys.
I was just wondering if my guitars action is too high.
Here are the pictures i took, i hope you can see clearly:


I know its high, but i dont know if its too high. So how does it looke compared to your guitar actions, guys? Should i lower it? Or leave it as it is now?
Thanks in advance. : )
#2
Yeah that's way too high, I can't tolerate action like that even on a bass guitar, let alone on an electric guitar. I suggest getting your action professionally set; you want it low enough that it becomes comfortable to make quick chord changes but high enough so that your strings have sustain.
#3
yea thats pretty high. i have about .5cm on my telecaster for the sustain and it being a guitar i play blues/funk on its useful, and i have .4cm/.3cm on my cort,which has a more flat profile. Measured at the 22nd fret, on my guitars. I should measure it elsewhere haha. But either way, thats too high.
#5
Yeah dude, that's way to high. I'd recommend either lowering it yourself if you can or getting it done professionally
#6
Its 3mm on the 12 fret. Its inches in the picture.

Aand one more question: i know how to lower it and how truss rod works and if i lower the action, the strings start to buzz a bit. So its better to have low action with a bit buzz or high action with no buzz?
Last edited by Laimonel at Jun 15, 2010,
#7
Does it buzz when plugged in or only acousticly?
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#9
Maybe it's just the way you took the picture but those strings don't look regular gauge at all?
#10
if the buzzing sound doesn't come through the amp whe it is all plugged in I wouldn't worry about it.
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#11
Yea that looks incredibly high. Action that high is sure to mess with intonation, no?

Anyway, I would just set the action yourself. It's really quite easy and you get to put it where you want it, not where some guy sets it. Keep in mind I'm also one of those people that hates giving people money to fix something unless I ABSOLUTELY cannot fix it myself.
#12
Quote by Dragonblood21
I'm also one of those people that hates giving people money to fix something unless I ABSOLUTELY cannot fix it myself.


Same here. It completely depends on the sort of guitar that you have though to be honest. If you're just using regular gauge strings then you can easily set the action yourself but if you're planning on "upgrading" to higher gauge strings then doing so can cause all sorts of weird problems with action, particularly on the 3 higher strings and it's best to take it to a specialist.

I actually think that all guitar players should have their guitar professionally set-up at least once every couple of years.
#13
Quote by Laimonel
Aand one more question: i know how to lower it and how truss rod works and if i lower the action, the strings start to buzz a bit. So its better to have low action with a bit buzz or high action with no buzz?

generally i have pretty low action and a little buzz on most of my guitars. is the neck sloped or bowed when you look down it?
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#14
Honestly, looks about normal to me. I mean, I certainly know of several professionals who use action like that and I myself use action around that 2.5/3mm mark. Your action is only "too high" if it actually hinders your playing. If it's not causing you any actual problems to play on, it's fine. If you find it hard to play on, lower it. Pretty simple really. Idealy, to get the best out of your guitar and to sharpen your technique you should try to use the highest action you possibly can before it starts to negatively effect your playing. Of course there is no point using action higher than you can really play on, but there's no advantage to using action lower than you need either and many people would argue that having your action too low can promote sloppy playing, not to mention the shallower break angle over the bridge saddles and nut means slightly lower sustain, potentially a muddier tone and can encourage tuning stability issues.

So, don't worry about action being "too" anything. There is no universal rule about what is too high or too low, you need to work out what is too high or too low for you. Only you can do this, we can't tell you what feels best under your fingers. Generally though you should aim to get as high action as you can without it harming your playing, that way you get the best tone possible while still being able to play to the best of your ability.
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#15
Quote by Echohead
Maybe it's just the way you took the picture but those strings don't look regular gauge at all?

11-48 : )

Quote by MrFlibble
Honestly, looks about normal to me. I mean, I certainly know of several professionals who use action like that and I myself use action around that 2.5/3mm mark.

You mean on 12 fret yes? If yes then i set the same action on my guitar now.

And thanks guys. Im going to lower my action a bit but not too much. Thanks for comments! : )
Last edited by Laimonel at Jun 15, 2010,
#16
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11-48 : )


That's damn heavy for a Stratocaster.
#17
Quote by Laimonel
Its 3mm on the 12 fret. Its inches in the picture.

Aand one more question: i know how to lower it and how truss rod works and if i lower the action, the strings start to buzz a bit. So its better to have low action with a bit buzz or high action with no buzz?


Just to be clear, you shouldn't have to touch the truss rod at all for just lowering the action. You do that with lowering the saddles.

Some people can live with some buzz, others can't. I'm in the latter bunch, and I play mostly clean/low gain.
#18
Quote by Tinderwet
Just to be clear, you shouldn't have to touch the truss rod at all for just lowering the action. You do that with lowering the saddles.

Some people can live with some buzz, others can't. I'm in the latter bunch, and I play mostly clean/low gain.


Yea, but if he is using .11's he may need to adjust the truss rod anyways, as that guitar was prob set up originally for .09, which is a lot less tension than the guitar has now w/ .11's
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#19
My truss rod is adjusted pretty good for my strings gauge by myself, its ok. I even play in Eb tuning so there isnt so much tension even with 11's. I understand how saddles and truss rod work. Just not sure with action thing..
Last edited by Laimonel at Jun 15, 2010,
#20

generally i have pretty low action and a little buzz on most of my guitars. is the neck sloped or bowed when you look down it?

How you describe a little buzz? mine has a 3/32 inch action and buzz on hard attack. is it terrible?
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