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Is this considered low action ?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by LiveToWin, Dec 25, 2017.

  1. LiveToWin


    Oct 18, 2017
    Hello ;)

    My Rickenbacker 4003 from 2017 is about PITA to setup. I just can't get perfectly flat neck. I ended up with very small relief (about 0.05 or something like that - equally from E and G side) and string action about 2.4mm over E and 2.1 mm over G. Is this is good result ? I play with pick and I don't have light touch ... pretty strong I would say.
  2. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    I would call it medium-low.
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  3. BassikLee

    BassikLee Commercial User

    Feb 13, 2004
    Deltona, FL
    Owner: Brevard Sound Systems
    Not crazy low, no
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  4. songwriter21

    songwriter21 I have an obsession for wood. The musical kind. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2005
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Sponsored by Hipshot
    Not sure what the measurements are (I don't go by them), but with my eyes, this is ultra-low action with flat necks 18558622_10212545230165183_3205354050684802133_o. 14434826_10210183180755424_2861050777554504477_o. 20160315_200214. .
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  5. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    What is the absolute "crazy-low" (without any buzz) ?

    And is it achievable with lighter string gauges?

    I understand that higher string tension = less string excursion, but I would love to have ultra low action AND be able to manage a full-step string bend.

    I guess my primary question is "what is the practical limit for lowest possible string action"? (Given a high quality bass with perfect truss rod adjustability, no fretboard humps or twists, and a nice PLEK job...)
  6. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    What’s you’re fingerboard radius like? You can have all of those things and your bends would still be limited by something like a 7.25, where they would choke on extreme bends regardless of everything else.
  7. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    If I keep getting fret buzz, then it's too low.
  8. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    I love the feel of the vintage radius - but all of my basses right now are modern, 10-12 " at least.

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