#1
Recently I've come to like acoustic guitar more than electric so yeah..

I still have the one that started off with. Not surprisingly, the action is suuuuper-high, as in, very high, as in, unbearably high, as in, cannot hold a F-chord perfectly no matter how hard I try.

But I'm in a bit of financial problem right now so I won't be able to get a new one, so I was thinking, just replace the bridge?

I've read about how you can sand it off little by little, but wouldn't that mess up intonation & harmonics and such? Or if there is such a thing as a low-action bridge one can buy, suggestions? ty
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#2
first off, are you sure the action is too high? the strings could be the problem.

second, yes, you can use fine fine sandpaper, and doing it can mess things up if you're too low or accidentally do it so the bottom of the nut or saddle isn't perfectly as flat as it was before you started. since our guitars strings were perfect in relationship to each other, my husband puts the nut and saddle in a vice, then uses a cabinet scraper. he takes off REALLY little at a time, then tests before taking off more. all our guitars sound great, but i gotta tell you, if you don't have patience, a good eye and good eye-hand coordination, you might want to have a pro do this. it's not very expensive, and it will make your guitar feel much better.
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#3
I would say just take it into a shop for a set up. It will surely be cheaper than a new guitar.
#4
If you can't afford to take it to a technician, and are determined to do the work yourself, first visit Frets.com:
http://www.frets.com/FRETSPages/pagelist.html#Musician

Which is a site run by a professional repair/technician to see what's involved. There are standard measurements for action at the nut and at the bridge. Special tools are needed, although you can improvise.
You also need to check the condition of the neck. If the neck is warped or in need of a truss rod adjustment, all the fiddling with saddle and nut will be wasted.
#5
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first off, are you sure the action is too high? the strings could be the problem.



She speaks the truth. Trust me. What gauge strings do you currently have on your acoustic?
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Trus rod needs sorting no?


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#8
no. the truss rod is for adjusting neck relief, NOT for adjusting the action.

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#9
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NO.

It could absolutely be contributing to the issue. It doesn't hurt to check.
#10
true - the neck relief could be off.

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#11
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It could absolutely be contributing to the issue. It doesn't hurt to check.


I think the thread title, pretty much rules out the truss rod being effective as an adjustment.
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#12
As well as looking at he guage of strings/ sanding down bridge etc you could also try a different make of string. eg Country Golds are not wound at the point where the bottom four strings pass over the bridge, which may also help to reduce the problem.
#13
If you're struggling with the F chord, it sounds as though the action is high at the first fret. The nut slots may need filing aswell as lowering the saddle.
#14
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If you're struggling with the F chord, it sounds as though the action is high at the first fret. The nut slots may need filing aswell as lowering the saddle.


Just a word of advice on that.

While it is entirely accurate, one should take care when it comes to the nut.

If you do not have nut files, you risk opening the slots too much, where the strings will then buzz.

You can use the same gauge strings, slightly roughened to saw the slots down, or knock the nut off and sand the bottom, keeping it flat.
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