Question about my current setup...

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by slapfunk987, Mar 10, 2014.


  1. slapfunk987

    slapfunk987

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    Just wanted to get some opinions from you guys on what low action setup would be??
    I have measured my string height at the twelfth fret and I have 6mm on the E string, 5 mm on the A and D string and 4mm on the string.
    Any recommendations on where I should start if my current action is considered high??
     
  2. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

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    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can **** off
    That is a good question, I have always had somebody do any work on my P except change the strings..
     
  3. Turnaround

    Turnaround

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    In my shop, for medium-low action I set the string height at the 12th fret to 2mm on the G string and 2.3mm on the E string, with the other two falling between.
     
  4. MrTaff

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    Just to check, you're measuring from the bottom of the string to the fret? low action for me is around 2mm on the E & 1.8mm on the G (although mine are set lower), I'd call 6mm unplayable.
     
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  6. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant Supporting Member

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    Turnaround and MrTaff have it right.

    Fender's "factory" setup is 5/64 inch (1.98 mm) on the G to 6/64 inch (2.38 mm) on the E, so about 2 mm to 2.4 mm.

    BTW, Fender spec's these heights at the 17th fret, not the 12th.

    Fender's setup is kinda high for me. I usually set mine at 0.070" (1.78 mm) on the G to 0.080" (2.03 mm) on the E, so about 1.8 mm to 2.0 mm.

    I also measure mine at the 17th fret, so they would be slightly (but not much) less at the 12th fret.

    If I'm playing classic rock and digging in more than I do for other types of music, I usually raise the E string a little bit - about 1/4 turn on each of the saddle screws - to minimize the clanking.
     
  7. slapfunk987

    slapfunk987

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    Well after remeasuring to bottom of string, my measurements are E string 4mm, A and D string at 3.3mm and G string at 3.5mm.
    From what you guys are saying, this is considered high action and possibly unbalanced action... (My uncle plays with higher action than me though.) I guess I seriously need to consider getting this thing adjusted with a good setup..
     

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