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#1
How high should my steel stringed acoustic's action be? And if ure kind enough can u please take a picture of ur guitar's action. Thanks in advance.
#2
It all depends on the style your playing. I like mine real low. I managed to get mine about 3-4mm from the fretboard at its highest point. Without fretbuzz wich can be a problem with low actions.
#3
I'm using D'addario .12s and I can get my 0.5mm pick in there on the 7th fret without lifting the string (capo on 1st, fretting 15th).

Without a capo I can fit a 1mm pick and two 0.73mm picks on the 12th fret so it barely touches the string.

I don't have my camera now, sorry.
#4
My guitar's action is 0.3cm on the first few frets and 0.5cm~0.6cm on the fifth fret onwards...
Is this ok? I dont know because this is the only guitar i have ever played on.
#5
Try to get your action as low as possible without getting fretbuzz. That way your guitar will play very easy. Of course it also has to do with personal prefference, some people prefer to have their action a bit higher.
#6
So it's comfortable for you, it's a preference thing. Some argue that higher action means better tone but it's up for debate.
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Quote by psytox
How high should action be?


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#10
I personally think that the higher your action is, the better your tone will be, but if you have high action it's also more difficult to play, and when you're screwing up all the time a bit of a tonal difference won't matter. Basically if you REALLY care about tone, as high as possible but you have to be able to play it, and if you just like playing, as low as possible without fret buzz.
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#11
I prefer low action, only becuase it makes faster playing and bends easier on the fingers. When you're using .13's, you want all the help you can get when it comes to bending.
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#12
Quote by psytox
My guitar's action is 0.3cm on the first few frets and 0.5cm~0.6cm on the fifth fret onwards...
Is this ok? I dont know because this is the only guitar i have ever played on.


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#14
how do u guys lower the action on an acoustic?
mine doesnt have a truss rod....
#15
^^not sure. i suppose you have to lower your bridge. and i'm sure your acoustic has truss rod, if the truss rod nut isn't on the headstock then it's on the other side of the neck. but truss rod is not meant to be used to adjust action!
#16
??...there aint nuthin on me neck...lol

how do u lower the bridge then??
#17
if you look into your sound hole towards the neck you might see a nut for an allen key. i think that's the truss rod... a least my guitar has that. maybe your neck is bowed to much so that's causing high action. in that case you should tighten your truss rod (if you have it), or tune lower, or if you want to keep the same tuning then use lighter strings.
does your neck look bowed?
#18
the action on my acoustic is ridiculously high, maybe about 0.5-0.6 but im thinking it will only strengthen my fingers having to push down so hard all the time
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#19
Quote by skatooter
the action on my acoustic is ridiculously high, maybe about 0.5-0.6 but im thinking it will only strengthen my fingers having to push down so hard all the time



my action is kinda like urs.. there was one time i played my friends electric guitar, it was so so easy to fret... wayy easier than my acoustic...
#22
de.sandman - You set the action on an acoustic by sanding the saddle down. The truss rod has absolutely nothing to do with action or string height. It is used to set neck relief, which is a slight bow away from the strings in the middle, to avoid fret buzz in that area.

The strings vibrate in a pattern similar to a jump rope, wide in the middle and almost nothing at the ends. That means a guitar with a perfectly straight neck will buzz against the strings in the middle unless the action is ridiculously high. The truss rod sets that slight bow, called neck relief, so the strings can be set to a lower height without fret buzz.

If your acoustic action is too high, you remove the saddle, put some fine grit sandpaper on a flat surface, about 180 grit, and carefully sand a little off the bottom of the saddle, since it's usually flat. You can sand the curved top surface, but it's difficult to keep the same radius to match the radius of the fretboard. Much better to sand of the bottom. I do it in stages, sand a little, put it back in an try it, sand a little more until I get the action I want.

psytox - Posting a picture will do you little good, it's very difficult to get a picture that shows the actual string height in a useful way. As a general rule, you want your strings as low as possible without getting fret buzz. Same thing for electrics or acoustics. With electrics, some people prefer their actiona bit higher, I set mine a bit on the high side so I can play slide too. Still plenty low for playing both rhythm and lead, and I found out a few years ago I set my action about the same as Eric Clapton and David Gilmour. Other people like very low action, I can barely play those at all. As long as you have no fret buzz and you like your guitar's action, it's good.
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10 years plus a day. I'm going to claim that the similarity dates fooled me.
So this was a tenth anniversary necro-bump? "Oy vay", as they say in Israel , and sometimes in NYC's diamond district....

EDIT: Although, sometimes when I'm trying to write out the year, I start wit "21....", So trust me, I know what you're going through...
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I guess I have to plead guilty. Never looked at the date. Usually do...


Well freakin OOPS...
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Mods, after all the points you've docked from your real members, did you really issue ten points to this new member, to put up some bullshit, off topic nonsense, in a ten year old necro-bump?
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Quote by Captaincranky
Mods, after all the points you've docked from your real members, did you really issue ten points to this new member, to put up some bullshit, off topic nonsense, in a ten year old necro-bump?


Not sure what you're talking about, that doesn't seem to be what he's said at all
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#31
Dreadnought My mistake. I can't read anyway. I used to work for the post office...

In a completely unrelated matter, it was a "6", and some coding on the page was diddled with, to extent the string of 8's well past the normal borders of the page.

But then again, I could have been hallucinating.
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Quote by Tony Done
Captaincranky

It wrapped OK on mine.
Right. Look at my quote box of the post (#28).. The 8's are extending past the right border and the 6" isn't even on the page.

Unless we're seeing two entirely different things, which is quite possible. (But not altogether likely). I do have script blocking in this browser. But, your posts certainly aren't now, and never did, display like that.
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OK, I get 4 complete lines of mostly 8' when I open the post to edit it. It won't let me copy it other than the way it appears in my quote box. Tell me what you're seeing.

The "6" is this many 8's away from the beginning: 88888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888888 Annnnd, it won't let me copy even a partial section of the string. The "6" is approximately 260 characters (8')s away from the beginning. Do you guys see it or not? The script blocking in my browser is allowing me to see things you can't. At least I think that's what's happening.
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#38
Tony Done Dreadnought Are either of you two using Firefox, or other browsers?

In other news, I'm sitting here listening to Delain pound out thunder with their "Human Contradiction" album.

It's making me want to buy a seven string electric. (Juuuuussst kidding). I'm far and away from what you'd call a "shredder", so I'd mostly just strum the damned thing like I do my acoustics...b

Let it be known, I was a disappointment to many other people, before I took it upon myself to be a disappointment to you guys as well..
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#39
I'm using Chrome (by Google.) I can see all of your messages (and the 6) just fine.

I have 5 guitars, and I'm pretty comfortable with what I have, so I can't imagine having as many as some of you guys have
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