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Is this low or high action?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by adamerom, Jun 10, 2019 at 4:21 PM.

  1. adamerom


    May 16, 2019
    IMG_20190610_230201_690. IMG_20190610_230201_690. IMG_20190610_230147_962.
  2. adamerom


    May 16, 2019
    The first image is 12 fret and the third 7
  3. seilerbird


    Apr 12, 2012
  4. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    It looks rather high to me. That's how I set my basses for tough rock.
  5. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
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  6. Systolic

    Systolic Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2009
    Looks to be on the high side to me, though sometimes a mm or two, which can make a difference, can be hard to see.
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  7. I'd say a bit high, too. Playable though. The comment about tough rock is spot on. I have a higher action on one bass for heavy hitting and a much lower action for jazz - but try to play rock on that one and it buzzes on every loud note!
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  8. adamerom


    May 16, 2019
    my bass is a jazz and it buzzes a lot in the 4 string idk why, luthier did his job but idk (sorry for bad english)
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  9. Rallypoint_1

    Rallypoint_1 Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2010
    Pasadena, California
    Looks high. What are the measurements??
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  10. adamerom


    May 16, 2019
    i dont have nothing to mesure
  11. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    No problem. Take the strings down until they buzz, then take them up until they stop buzzing. If that's too high you need to adjust the truss rod or get the frets levelled, or both.
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  12. Jaccoo


    I have a low action problem. I think I need to adjust my truss rod. I am a beginner and I would like to do it myself. How do I go about this?
  13. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    I don't know. I take my basses to a guy who does a great job for me. . . much better than I could do.
  14. Rallypoint_1

    Rallypoint_1 Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2010
    Pasadena, California
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  15. Maybe not this high...but high.

  16. Janek Gwizdala, Damian Erskine, John Patitucci and James Jamerson might suggest you raise it.

    Play the hell out of that bass.
  17. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015
    That's backwards

    Setting neck relief to spec using truss rod is always step 1.
    Adjust bridge for desired height is the last step of a setup.
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  18. The action at the 12th looks a tad high but at the 7th it looks playable. I’d like it a bit lower if it were mine. What type of music do you mainly play?
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  19. Slade N

    Slade N Supporting Member

    May 28, 2005
    portland, or
    action is like spicy or salty, very much a person taste thing.
    that's really high and unacceptable (for me), might be perfect or not high enough for others
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  20. tlite

    tlite Supporting Member

    Aug 18, 2016
    You can go by eyeballs or feel, but a quick trip to Harbor Freight and about $10 and you can get a set of feeler gauges and a small ruler. That's pretty much all you need to get it set up outside of the right size hex wrenches. It isn't hard to do, though if you have to file the nut I might leave that to a luthier. Everything else is pretty easy.

    Watch all of this series for setting up a bass. Super helpful.


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