Really high action!

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Rumbler41, Apr 19, 2018.

  1. I just recently picked up an LTD F-205 from a local pawn shop for next to nothing. I purchased some new strings... .130 .100 .80 .65. .45. After putting the new strings on and making some major adjustments to the saddles on the bridge...the action on this guitar is still pretty bad. I even lowered the saddles down as low as humanly possible. The strings could STILL come down quite a considerable amount. Any suggestions as to what I can do? Thanks.
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    You likely put on a new set of strings with much more tension than the last set.

    This will require a truss rod adjustment.

    Do NOT do that if you have never done one. You can literally ruin the neck of your new bass if you do it incorrectly.

    Go pay for a setup, or find an experienced bass or guitar player near you who knows how to do them.

    By the way, Welcome to TalkBass!!!!!!
  3. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    ...and welcome to TalkBass.
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  4. Thanks. I'm sure that the truss rod has never been touched to be honest. I just had a major brain fart for some reason. I know how to adjust them properly. In this case it will be a pretty slow process considering how much it needs to be adjusted. Gotta let her adapt slowly. Thanks!
  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Sweet! Sounds like you have it under control.

    Now that we got that sorted out, let's talk TalkBass tradition.

    It's the "NBD" thread.

    NBD = New Bass Day

    That's what we do when we acquire another bass, be it new or used. We post pics and tell why we like it.

    BUT, no pics = no bass. ;)
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  6. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

    Time to Adapt = fallacy. Adjust it to where you need it now, just don’t expect the rod to do the work. Here’s the correct way to do it. Watch.
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  7. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Install a shim between the body and neck. That will raise the neck up towards the strings. You need to maintain some adjustment at the bridge. The last thing you want to have is all your saddles bottomed out.
  8. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    Analyze then adjust:
    1. Relief.
    2. String height.
    3. Intonation.
    In that order.

    There are no other adjustments that can be made until the relief is set. If after the second step is completed and found to be unsatisfactory, then and only then is it time to consider a shim for the neck.
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