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Quick string height question

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by PolkaHero, Feb 20, 2006.

  1. PolkaHero


    Jan 5, 2002
    When I'm setting the string height (after adjusting the truss rod for proper relief), do I measure the height from the bottom of the 12th fret to the bottom of the string or the middle of the string? Right now, I have it set so the height is the same across all four strings measuring from the top of the 12th fret to the bottom of the string, but the bridge saddles sure do look strange! The E and G saddles are considerably lower than the A and D saddles. I'm using a ruler that measures in 32nds and 64ths, BTW. Thanks!
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    the saddle height is due to the fingerboard radius; that is normal
  3. PolkaHero


    Jan 5, 2002
    Okay, so is it the middle or bottom of the string? A one-word answer will suffice!
  4. Kronos


    Dec 28, 2005
    Philadelphia, PA
    I think most people use feeler gauges, so the answer would be from the fret to the bottom of the string.

    Me? I don't measure my string height. I go as low as I can go without buzz.
  5. HMZ

    HMZ Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    Top of fret to bottom of string.