#1
So um..what's the difference? According to numerous sites, I now have my inotation perfect. But I thought it was the same as action. Will I have to take me strings off to adjust my action?
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#3
Action is the height of the strings off of the fretboard. No, you have to leave the strings on to adjust the action or else you won't be able to tell have much you've changed it :P
#4
Action and intonation have little in common besides where the adjustments take place.

On the length of a string, there are certain points, or nodes, where you need to press down to get the right notes. Intonation is basically adjusting the string length so those nodes on the string line up with the frets as good possible. That way, every time you fret a note (especially past the 12th), you'll be sure that the note you're hitting isn't a bit sharp or flat, but the actual note you want to play. Do you know what I mean? Again, you're lining up the spots on the string where the notes are with the frets.
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See, the problems I'm having right now is setting up my bass actually. I have the truss rod to a T what Fender says it should be. But my action is still mms too high and the saddles are almost at their lowest point. The other problem I'm having is that I fixed the intonation at the twelfth fret and it's all gravy. But the twenty-fourth fret is really far off now and all the frets in between aren't right on either. I don't know how to fix it. Any advice?
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See, the problems I'm having right now is setting up my bass actually. I have the truss rod to a T what Fender says it should be. But my action is still mms too high and the saddles are almost at their lowest point. The other problem I'm having is that I fixed the intonation at the twelfth fret and it's all gravy. But the twenty-fourth fret is really far off now and all the frets in between aren't right on either. I don't know how to fix it. Any advice?


That sound's like the truss rod is seriously off then, as the string is getting stretched different amounts to get fretted. I would hazard a guess at way to much bow. It may be worth getting a professional setup next time you get new strings. Then it is pretty much set up for life provided global warming doesn't decide to mess with out neck
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See, the problems I'm having right now is setting up my bass actually. I have the truss rod to a T what Fender says it should be. But my action is still mms too high and the saddles are almost at their lowest point. The other problem I'm having is that I fixed the intonation at the twelfth fret and it's all gravy. But the twenty-fourth fret is really far off now and all the frets in between aren't right on either. I don't know how to fix it. Any advice?


take the neck off, get a thin piece of card that's the width of the neck pocket, fold it in half so that it's still the width of the neck pocket but thicker, place it at the back of the neck pocket and replace the neck, then adjust action intonation and so forth
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take the neck off, get a thin piece of card that's the width of the neck pocket, fold it in half so that it's still the width of the neck pocket but thicker, place it at the back of the neck pocket and replace the neck, then adjust action intonation and so forth


Personally, I think using a shim should be a last chance option, as it does reduce sustain a bit, due to a less perfect neck joint. I recon a professional setup could sort it out.
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Shimming is more for action than intonation anyway, isn't it?


Yes, but it would give you more freedom to adjust the truss rod and action to allow intonation to be sorted.

However, I still stand by mypoint that a pro could get it sorted. They would shim the neck if they found it necessary. If they don't get it right, you can get your money back presumably, and you're no worse off.
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#14
What you must realise is the raising or lowering the action alters the 12th fret intonation, if you lower the action you aren't pressing the strings down as much therefore the 12th fret intonation will be flat, if you raise the action you will sharpen at the 12th fret due to pressing the strings down further.
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