#1
Okay, I have a confession to make. I'm a noob, and i suck at life.

Anyways, i recently bought a gibson les paul, and I've been debating with myself about weather or not i should return it. Reason? The action is way too high for my tastes, and when its lowered, the fretbuzz kicks in.

Now, I realize its probably because of poor fret-dressing on the factory's part or something like that. But i was just wondering if im demanding too much? I'm pretty sure i've played some 'pauls with lower action that were buzz free too, but i'm not so sure anymore. Anyways, I also have a strat with pretty low action and no fretbuzz problems. But i mean, the types of frets are different, right?

The thing is, i've always had the impression that the strats were harder to get as low action on as the les pauls from the strats and les pauls i've played in stores.

Am i wrong?

Coz if I am, I'm definately returning the les paul. I'd rather have one custom made with different frets and shit for lower action than have to bear the ridiculously high action of les pauls in general
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#2
Take it into a shop to get set-up to you're specific needs witht he action, string gauge etc.
#3
I've done so already. They had the best guitar technician in my town to look at it supposedly. And he couldn't do it, the bastard. I told them i wouldn't suffer ANY higher action whatsoever, and appearantly they couldn't do it. And the action is already too high for my tastes.. So yeah..
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#4
Sounds like a lazy tech. You just need to get it set up properly. I took my Ibanez to my tech and told him what I wanted sorting (fret buzz 5-7th) and now it's a dream. You just need to find a decent tech.
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#5
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Okay, I have a confession to make. I'm a noob, and i suck at life.

Anyways, i recently bought a gibson les paul, and I've been debating with myself about weather or not i should return it. Reason? The action is way too high for my tastes, and when its lowered, the fretbuzz kicks in.

Now, I realize its probably because of poor fret-dressing on the factory's part or something like that. But i was just wondering if im demanding too much? I'm pretty sure i've played some 'pauls with lower action that were buzz free too, but i'm not so sure anymore. Anyways, I also have a strat with pretty low action and no fretbuzz problems. But i mean, the types of frets are different, right?

The thing is, i've always had the impression that the strats were harder to get as low action on as the les pauls from the strats and les pauls i've played in stores.

Am i wrong?

Coz if I am, I'm definately returning the les paul. I'd rather have one custom made with different frets and shit for lower action than have to bear the ridiculously high action of les pauls in general

Action is nothing to do with the guitar, its to do with the setup of the guitar and how good the fretwork is (and the latter will change after playing it alot) tbh it sounds like your gibson needs a simple setup by a professional.
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#7
you can get very low action on gibson les pauls
i have one and i have the lowest action i can possilbly get withouyt fretbuzz and have 11s
what gauge are u using
#8
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Just return it and get an ibanez.....btw i am saving for an ibanez and i hate les pauls



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But I agree with the 'Return it and get an Ibanez' part..
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#9
Check the frets, I think you just need to dress the frets a bit, get new frets altogether (and then file them to the right size), change the nut height, etc. Check for neck bow and warp.

My guitar, before I got it refretted (last December), didn't have the greatest action. I always left it low with no care for buzz. I brought it to Jim Mouradian of Boston (he's a local luthier), he refretted it for me. I got it back, he did everything to make that guitar perfect. Dressed the stringlock, raised the nut (to accommodate new fret height), filed all the frets, fixed the little neck bow, etc. I have the action extremely low right now, no buzz at all. I'm willing to bet your fretwork isn't that great.
#10
My Gibson Les Pauls have the lowest action I've ever seen

They're Standard/Premium and were made somewhat to my specs though... Very expensive.
#11
where does it buzz? what frets, what strings.

^and the guitar does matter. because some have better fret work than others.
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#12
It just needs a good set up. The neck needs to be straightened, the frets need to be leveled, the nut needs to be reslotted and it needs to be set up. This is common sense with any new guitar man, what are you doing with a Gibson if you don't even know this?
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#13
Temperature, humidity, and string tension variations can cause neck relief, even in brand new guitars. Capo at the first fret, then fret the last fret. Take a feeler gauge and measure the clearance between the string and the different frets (specifically the 12th). Adjust the truss rod accordingly and repeat the process. After you get it close to zero, set your action and intonation and see what happens. If there's still a problem, it's a poor fret job. It also helps to run thicker strings.