#1
Hi folks,
Been a long long time since I used the forums on UG but I've a question to ask, so hopefully they're as helpful as they used to be!

I've got an Ibanez EP9, which I really want to love and cherish, but it's giving me grief. The action at the 12th fret is, as far as I'm aware, far too high (I'd guess a 1cm or so, I'll add a picture to try and illustrate).

I'm not sure of the best solution but I think I've got two options, one is to sand the the bridge down (although there doesn't seem to be much more depth to remove) and the other is to alter the angle of the neck (which seems quite large, again, picture added to illustrate).

Can anyone advise me on what to do? The guitar is almost unplayable the further up the neck I go, I thought I was just lacking chops but I can pick up any other acoustic and, thanks to the better action, I can play pretty well so I'm starting to develop "blame it on the tools" syndrome!

Cheers all,
John

Pictures of action at 12th fret;
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B3ZLunsIQAA2RR2.jpg
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B3ZLv1sIMAAsMUV.jpg

Picture of neck angle on body;
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B3ZLu9fIIAMWyPP.jpg
#2
If you aren't very experienced with what you are doing, I advise that you find either a local luthier or reputable guitar shop and have the guitar professionally set up.

This way, you can be sure of the quality of the work you are receiving. Hopefully, the luthier or whoever will also be nice/professional enough to explain to you what they did and how to make further corrections in the future. While your guitar may need simple adjustments, if you don't really know what you're doing you can turn a simple adjustment into a complicated mistake.

However, it's worth keeping in mind that you don't have a particularly high-end guitar, no offense intended of course, and it's only going to get so good. But there's almost always room for improvement!
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#3
If you have anything near an actual 1cm string height at the 12th fret, and the saddle has already been sanded down, it's time for a neck reset, period.