#1
Can I have my treble strings set at the lowest action possible and my bass strings at a much higher action? That is how my guitar is set up at the moment but when I tried setting intonation I could never get it right!So does my action on both treble and bass strings need to be equal to each other?
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#2
No they don't have to be equal. In fact most people set the action with the treble strings slightly lower than the bass strings. If it plays the way you like, you've got it right.
#3
No.
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No they don't have to be equal. In fact most people set the action with the treble strings slightly lower than the bass strings. If it plays the way you like, you've got it right.

This.

The thicker strings actually vibrate over a wider pattern and will buzz more easily with lower action so it's quite common to have the treble strings set a little lower.
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#5
Yeah pretty much what everyone has said so far.

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#6
Yeah, like everyone has already said.

If you're having trouble with intonation, bear in mind that having the pickups set too high can cause the strings to vibrate funny and make the intonation constantly off.
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Can I have my treble strings set at the lowest action possible and my bass strings at a much higher action?


"Much Higher Action" on the bass side is probably a bad idea. Generally the difference is about 1/64", not much more than that. Gibson recommends (I believe) something around 3/64ths" at the 12th fret on the treble side, 4/64ths" on the bass.Might be a 1/64" higher than those two measurements since their fretwork has become a bit more variable of late...

Carvin used to (may still do) guarantee that their action could be set "as low as 1/16th" from the 24th fret with no buzzing frets." That's considerably lower than what Gibson recommends, but it's meant to illustrate how well their fretwork is done as the guitar arrives from the factory. They delivered on that, too.

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