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Action too low??

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Emanuel Apascaritei, Jan 18, 2013.


  1. Emanuel Apascaritei

    Emanuel Apascaritei

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    Hi, I measured the action on my L2500 and the B at the last fret is at about 1.7mm. But it has no fret buzz unless I pull hard on strings.

    I like a likght touch too.

    Do you think it´s too low??

    I also have the pick-ups low low, about 6mm from the strings on the neck pu.
     
  2. bassteban

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    Does it work for you? If so then it's fine w/me
     
  3. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much Supporting Member

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    +1

    Action is a very individual thing. I tend to start with the Fender setup guide then adjust (usually a little upwards from there). Mine are all about 2.5mm from the 17th fret which suits my playing style - lower and I get too much buzz, but others with a lighter touch may not.
     
  4. mrbell321

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    In general, if there's no buzz, then it's not too low. Even if there's a slight buzz, that can be ok too.
    Are you a slapper? If so, I've noticed it's hard for me to slap properly, when the action is low. I end up muting the strings w/ my thumb.
     
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  6. Emanuel Apascaritei

    Emanuel Apascaritei

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    I slap only for myself at the moment so I don´t consider myself a slapper. I try to relax myself when slapping and this way the notes ring out more.

    But I like the ability to fly over the fingerboard and with just a gentle touch of the fretboard be able to fret the note with the minimal effort.

    The thing is if you only eyeball the fingerboard and the strings it doesn´t appear to be so low but when you meassure it....it´s really low. And what wonder me is that it doesn´t buzz.
     
  7. elgecko

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    It sounds like it isn't too low for you.
     
  8. Emanuel Apascaritei

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    LOL, to lower the action even more I´d have to shim the neck and it´s 6 bolts bolt on neck
     
  9. enricogaletta

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    if you playing comfortably and you like your tone, don't change anything.
    It's your personal set, so don't change it.
    Cheers.
     
  10. henry2513

    henry2513 Supporting Member

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    Too low? Up to you to decide no one else since no one but you will be playing your instrument.
     
  11. deeptubes

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    Sounds like you've got it right where you want it.
     
  12. ddnidd1

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    What's the 'best' string height? Sorry, I couldn't resist.
     
  13. Emanuel Apascaritei

    Emanuel Apascaritei

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    for metal????
     
  14. Emanuel Apascaritei

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    I play very confortably and like the tone (lowered the pick-ups). I´d like the G string to be a tidy bit lower but I´d have to shim the neck (and we´re talking about a 6 bolt neck) or file the saddle, but its not such a big deal so I´ll leave it like that.
     
  15. simenandreas

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    haha
     

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