Never played, action too high?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by L00katthatbass, Apr 17, 2019.

  1. L00katthatbass


    Dec 22, 2018
    Silly question.... BUT!

    Is it normal that the action is getting higher and higher as I go up the neck?
    I've played guitar for 15 years and I'm used to guitars.

    It's a vintage modified squier bass that I got used.

    The action at the nut is very low and great, but much higher at the 12th fret.

    No buzzing at all, the intonation is not perfect but quite close to pitch.

    Maybe the nut is cut too deep and the angle with the bridge is wonky?
  2. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician
    A gradually increasing string-to-fret distance as you go up the neck is normal - even necessary. The real question is how high are the strings? Measure the distance from the top of the 12th fret to the underside of the E string to the nearest 64th of an inch. Let us know and then we can tell you if it's excessive.
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  3. megafiddle


    May 25, 2011
    A dead straight neck and low action height at the nut can result in that condition.

    A bit of relief tends to level out the action height over the frets, especially if the nut is high as it typically is on stock instruments.

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