#1
What is considered high action? I've had tendonitis and for some reason high action seems to be better for this....maybe it corrects something in my technique! No idea really! I currently have my action at 5mm that's 0.5cm or 3/16" on the bass and 4.2mm on the treble. Is this high? I have .11s on my guitar and I find it plays very nicely for lead and for some reason heavier strings and higher action seem to help my wrist! Anyway back to the point! Is this high action?
#4
I personally try to go for about 1.5mm or less. 2mm is playable, but I definitely consider that too be too high for my tastes.
#5
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I personally try to go for about 1.5mm or less. 2mm is playable, but I definitely consider that too be too high for my tastes.


Is that from the fret wire or the fretboard? I'm at ~2mm from the fretboard and the strings are about a hair off of touching the fret wire.

EDIT: I found out action is measured from the top of the fret to the string, so I have mine below 2mm.
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#6
4,5mm at 12th fret from the top of fretwire to string itself.

I can efortlessly play Dazed and Confused solo.

My first electric had ****ed up bridge and broken truss rod. Had to play it for a year plus it was my only and thus main guitar for playing slide...so..
#7
4.5 is really high. Mine is around 1.7, my pick will just fit in there. Anything above 2 is slow as hell, but tone wise it can have way better dynamics.
#8
That would be very high for me, I play at 2mm.
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#9
i love having sub 1.5mm action
#10
Anything over 1.5 on the bass side @12th would be a bit higher than ideal for me.
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i love having sub 1.5mm action


+1. All (10?) of my guitars have around 1.5mm high

My only regret with it is that I can't do slide, and I get the urge to play slide with an eBow a lot
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#12
I have about 3mm on my jumbo fret guitars and 2mm on my vintage fret ones. Any lower and i find that notes lose their clarity and depth.
#13
I have about 2mm on my guitars. Any lower and I think it doesn't sound as good.
#14
Yes that's definitely high..

Like most of the folks, mine is about 1.5mm.. 2to3mm would be medium.. yours is slide guitar territory
#15
My action is relatively high and also find it easier to play. I think of it as like how a trampoline works.
#16
In my opinion, 'high' action is whatever action you consider to be unplayable (assuming you're only adjusting action for yourself).
If you work as a guitar tech then obviously you'd be better off following the advice of what everyone else has said so far.
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#18
I notice most folks seem to have their action pretty low. I find high action doesn't make me play any slower(wasn't that fast to begin with)the only things I struggle with is rolling a finger from say the 5th string to the 6th and I have to press pretty hard for any e barres in the first two frets but that's probably the heavy strings! I believe SRV had his action somewhere around here, I remember reading that his tech took his action up as far as it would go on his strat. I did this on my strat copy and this is the action I got. And yes....I does work very well for slide guitar but I also find bends to be easier like this.