#1
Short question, I dont know what people refer to as the "action" of the guitar, apparantly sometimes its lower of higher?

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#2
The action refers to how high the strings are from the fretboard, at lest that;'s what I was told...
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#3
^That's correct. Low action means the strings are closer to the fretboard.
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#4
So, if you were buying a guitar, what would you look for? Is it based on preference or is it better to have lower action?

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#5
Lower - Easier to play quickly and takes less finger strength. More forgiving.

Higher - Clearer sound, takes more strength and skill to play well.

For beginners, lower action is better. EVH used very high action because he liked the sound, but as far as the learning guitarist goes, the lower the action is, the better. Of course, if it's too low you get buzzing, so beware of that too.
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#6
It's all about finding your own sweet spot in terms of action. Everyone plays different, but yea for a beginner the lower action is better.
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#7
lol, you can change the action o most guitars very easily. Even if it has a floyd rose itll only take 5 mins
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#8
also the lower your action your sustain does go too even yngwie has high action compared to joe satriani and steve vai why because he likes his sustain
#9
like said, action is adjustable on guitars.

But, if u find a guitar in a store that has an especially high action. be cautious. sometimes a store will raise the action on a guitar with fret flaws. they want to sell the guitar, and thats the only way they can set up the guitar without it buzzing.
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#10
^Thx alot, that really clarifys it.

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lol, you can change the action o most guitars very easily. Even if it has a floyd rose itll only take 5 mins

There are more things to consider than the height of the strings when raising or lowering them for instance if you lower the action a considerable amount then the intonation will be affected the same applies to raising them, lowering the action can flatten the intonation at the 12th fret, raising the string height usualy sharpens the intonation, this of course depends on how much you raise or lower the strings.
5 mins, not really if you do the job properly.
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#12
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So, if you were buying a guitar, what would you look for? Is it based on preference or is it better to have lower action?



Basically what jenny said.

Generally a guitar you buy new will be at factory spec.
But, it's far better to have it set as low as it will go. Because if you want to
raise it to your liking that's no prob. But, if you want to lower it, you may not
be able to get what you'd like due to the neck and/or frets. You'll get buzzing
and fret-outs if it's not exactly perfect.
#13
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also the lower your action your sustain does go too even yngwie has high action compared to joe satriani and steve vai why because he likes his sustain


it also helps that he has a scalloped neck
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#14
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So, if you were buying a guitar, what would you look for? Is it based on preference or is it better to have lower action?



look for a guitar with a low action but absolutely NO buzzing