- Apr 23, 2011
- Reaction score
I use a starting point of 1.5 mm from the 12th fret to the bottom of the strings and work from there
Then you do measure after all....
And now in metric? This talk of 6/64 shit, is freaking me out!
Why dont you just get along with the rest of the world?
Anyhow, I set my trad with a straight neck and 2 mm on the low E and 1,4 mm on the high E. No buzz with normal play.
It's good the know the measurements of your action though. Let's say you take the guitar to a guitartech and he askes you "Which action do you prefer?". What are you going to answer the you don't know the measurements of the action you prefer?
Taking measurements without a capo on the 1rst fret is inherently faulty.
Obviously, the nut height has an influence on the reading, so we should take it out of the equation.
If you play distortion, you can go quite a bit lower than if you play clean.
Also, with proper relief we can get lower upper fret action. We need some relief to get the lowest action ALL OVER the fretboard. Sure, raising high will fix problems, but that is not he goal. .008" or so relief is good.
With that, [and good frets!] 4/64" on the low E graduated to 2.5-3/64 on the high E is good and low, and you can play clean with good sustain.
I believe a 'high action' would be something like rescuing a kitten from a river.
A 'low action' would be throwing it in ...
(I'm in a weird mood tonight ...)
Yeah, the ends on my fingers are a little bit fat, so I don't have thin fingers. I need to get a little bit under the strings for bends and stuff. Not a lot, just a little bit.
I would say the term is relative to manufacturer's specifications. Either higher than or lower than.