action on the strings

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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:


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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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 Lister, luthier, Sheffield UK


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

What about sanding down the bridge or the nut?

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