#1
I have this acoustic guitar (duh, I know) with stupidly high action, and I'm pretty sure it's because the bridge is high as hell (the action's not too bad for the first few frets) how do I lower the action? should I just sand down the bridge? cut it down to size? get a new one? or is it something else and should I just take it to a guitar shop and see if they can help me?
#2
If you're really confident, just sand it down. If you'd rather not, take it to a guitar shop and see what they can do. I've never done it before, any mods I need doing are done by my dad's mate, who knows pretty much everything when it comes to basic modification.
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#3
um on my guitar, idunno about yours, if you look in the hole in the body of your guitar towards the fretboard, there should be some kind of nut/screw thing. take the right size allen key and tighten it if you want the action lower. youll have to like move your strings but yea.
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#4
just take it to a guitar shop and ask them to fix it

is it a good acoustic?

if its **** just buy a new one!
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um on my guitar, idunno about yours, if you look in the hole in the body of your guitar towards the fretboard, there should be some kind of nut/screw thing. take the right size allen key and tighten it if you want the action lower. youll have to like move your strings but yea.

that nut/screw thing is called the truss rod... and don't mess with it unless you know what you are doing.
#6
well, I wouldn't say it's a bad guitar, but I wouldn't be able to just buy a new one since I'm still trying to finish paying for my electric, but thanks for all the suggestions tho
#7
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that nut/screw thing is called the truss rod... and don't mess with it unless you know what you are doing.


+1, action should not be adjusted using the truss rod
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#8
you sand down the saddle, take it out and do it mm by mm to get it right without a high fret buzz, do it to much and you'll need a new one.
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#9
Eh. I always opt for professionals to do modifications like that. In order for you to modify the saddle, you've gotta take all the strings off and you can damage the neck that way. I'd have a pro do it. I have had friends that sanded their saddles with mixed results.
#10
Take all the strings off, take the bridge out (if it's removable), and sand down the other side. If you can't take it out just sand the top off. Don't touch the truss rod that will adjust the neck a different way.. which isn't what you need.
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#11
under the bridge on every guitar i have seen there should be 1 or 2 plastic inserts.... just take 1 or 2 out and it should make up the difference you need
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Take all the strings off, take the bridge out (if it's removable), and sand down the other side. If you can't take it out just sand the top off. Don't touch the truss rod that will adjust the neck a different way.. which isn't what you need.


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Don't even think to touch the truss rod if you're not really sure of what you're doing. The saddle adjustament will be more than enough to lower your action.
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Take all the strings off, take the bridge out (if it's removable), and sand down the other side. If you can't take it out just sand the top off. Don't touch the truss rod that will adjust the neck a different way.. which isn't what you need.


Im sure you mean saddle instead of bridge. Definitely sand down the underside and not the top also.

under the bridge on every guitar i have seen there should be 1 or 2 plastic inserts.... just take 1 or 2 out and it should make up the difference you need


I believe you mean saddle instead of bridge aswell.

um on my guitar, idunno about yours, if you look in the hole in the body of your guitar towards the fretboard, there should be some kind of nut/screw thing. take the right size allen key and tighten it if you want the action lower. youll have to like move your strings but yea.


Please dont do this. Action adjustments are made at the nut and/or saddle.
Last edited by tom183 at Sep 4, 2007,
#14
lol the "nut/screw thing" made me chuckle. Its a good example of "You know not to take advice whennn...."
ANYway. I'd honestly recommend taking it to someone to do it for you if you're not completely sure. And by someone i mean a professional who does that kind of thing for a job, not a friend who plays guitar and has a 'good idea' of what they're doing. A guitar shop will be able to help you, and at the very least give you advice
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