action on the strings

Construction and repair of Classical Guitar and related instruments
JohnKimble

action on the strings

Post by JohnKimble » Sun Jun 10, 2007 8:12 pm

Hey I was wondering how high the action on a classical guitar should be. I think mine is too high, but I'm only familiar with electric guitar action. I took a few pictures of my guitar:

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They are pretty terrible pictures, but they were the best I could get. Does this action look too high to you? Also, how would I go about lowering it? I know it doesn't need a neck adjustment, I checked for that. Can I get a bridge piece that isn't as high, or do they just come in one standard size?

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James Lister
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Post by James Lister » Sun Jun 10, 2007 9:11 pm

Check out the FAQ post at the top of the luthiers section for details on measuring action.

Action can be adjusted by lowering the saddle height - either by replacing it, or by carefully removing material from the bottom surface, being sure to keep it dead flat and square.

James
James Lister, luthier, Sheffield UK

MickeyD

Post by MickeyD » Tue Jun 12, 2007 5:57 am

What about sanding down the bridge or the nut?

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