Dave92270 wrote:Thanks Azalais,
that is a decent explanation...yes, it would be more logical to set the higher action in factory and let the player decide whether he/she wants to lower it; would be nice if manufacturers would include and extra spare
saddle for this reason since they possibly could anticipate this "issue" - oh well...
So, basically you'd suggest to go ahead and lower the action? Maybe, instead of filing the original saddle, I'll then order a precut one such as those offered by Graph Tech; I checked the saddle and it seems like
3/32" is about what I have; I see they recommend 600 grit paper. I regret that Cordoba is not listed at GraphTech site, the selection would be easier, but I guess with some patience I can get it accomplished. i checked the archived threads, there is quite an excess of info there - well I'll go though it. Maybe someone who owns Cordoba will suggest the good aftermarket saddle to be used on r45; I may call the Graph Tech or even guitarcenter, and ask for suitable replacement saddle that fits r45.
Anyway, thanks for the info again!
I'm a relative beginner and I just tackled my first saddle adjustment two days ago. I bought a used Cordoba Pro-R which had the opposite problem as you. The saddle on the bass side was too low so it was buzzing on the A and D strings when I tried to get some volume.
I purchased a Tusq compensated classic saddle on e - b a y, spent one evening sanding it down and now I have an action that's customized for me! The key is to take it slow and don't oversand since you'll then have to start over with a new saddle.
I didn't take the strings off. I just loosened them as much as possible, then slid the old saddle out (just takes some firm pressure) sideways. I used the old saddle as a base for the new saddle, and added some more height on the bass side.
I used a straight edge and a pencil to mark off how much I wanted to take off and used a combination of hand file and sand paper to remove the saddle material until the pencil mark was gone.
I made sure I erred on the side of caution and left more material on the saddle. I then checked the action by sliding the new saddle into place, checked the string heights, and figured out how much more to lower it.
This time, I only removed a little bit of the saddle material since I was just tweaking the height. I only used sand paper this time.
I would say this took me about an hour. I'm sure the experienced guys could have done it a lot faster. But now, I have had a hand in customizing the guitar for me so I like the guitar even more.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Please, if I'm pointing Dave in the wrong direction, anyone with more experience should step in with better instructions.