Guitar strings, high action but not touching saddle?



Asked by: Sparkle Hickman

What happens if guitar action is too high?





If your guitar’s intonation is out or the guitar feels awkward to play compared to other guitars, the action may be too high. High action can throw off your guitar’s intonation because you need to push the string further to reach the fret. The distance you push the string causes the note to bend out-of-tune.

How do I fix high string action?

So you have to file or sand to lower it if you need to raise the saddle you're looking at a shim or possibly making a new saddle. For some of you this might be time to take it to a repair shop.

How do you get strings closer to fretboard on acoustic?

As a straight edge press 1 string down at the first fret and press the same string down at the last fret. Then, use a free finger to feel for a gap under the string. Here, we can see a gap which means the guitar has relief. If you have no gap the neck is straight or maybe in backbow.

How do you fix high action on an acoustic guitar?

To lower the action on an acoustic guitar you don’t have to adjust the bridge in any way, you only have to adjust the saddle.

  1. The saddle serves the same purpose as the nut, controlling the height of the guitar strings. …
  2. The strings are strung through the bridge, and their tension holds the saddle in place.

Why do cheap guitars have high action?





As a whole, one of the ways manufacturers cut corners is by setting up a cheap guitar with high action. This is because to lower the action requires skill and time to cut the nut and adjust the neck and bridge. Something that manufacturers’ do not want to spend on or they will not make a profit.

Does tightening truss rod lower action?

A truss rod is not for adjusting action. A truss rod is NOT for adjusting action. Despite the fact there is information around the web telling readers to adjust their truss rod to raise or lower action, a truss rod is not for adjusting action.

Why are Martin guitars so hard to play?

The problem is that every Martin I’ve played has been orders of magnitude more difficult to play than the comparable Taylors. The person at the music shop says that it’s because Martin ships their guitars with high action and heavy strings opposed to Taylor who ships them with lower action and lighter strings.

How high should the action be at the 12th fret?

Measuring at the 12th fret (as in the photo), the action height should be 2.6 mm for Steel String Acoustic guitar, 1.8 for electric, 2.0mm for bass and 3mm for a Classical.

How do I know if my guitar nut is too high?

To check nut-slot height, hold the string down at the third fret, and see how much it moves over the first fret. This is similar to checking neck relief, but the string should move much less. If the string doesn’t move at all, chances are the slot is too low.



How high should the strings be at the nut?

The ideal height would be just about the same as a fret’s height in the same position as the nut. In practice, I’ve found that there are some musicians whose playing attack is so vigorous that they require the nut to be higher to avoid the open string buzz.

How Should guitar strings sit in the nut?

Nut Slots: Depth



Big deep slots and a quarter-inch of nut above the strings just looks a bit rubbish. Ideally, your wound strings should have about half to two-thirds of their diameter in their slots and the unwound strings should sit just below the surface.

How do I check my action at nut?

Alone if you place the gauge on top of the fret. And slide it between the string and the fret. And this it contacts the string and fret heavily.



How do you lower the action on a nut?

You can just use a piece of guitar string kind of like dental floss to file the nut or you can pick up one of these little key ring sets of files.

Can a nut slot be too wide?

A too-wide nut slot is not necessarily all that bad.



The strings may still bear at the front edge, be supported along the entire slot, be at the right height and spaced evenly. If your nut has deep grooves that are too wide, and the whole thing looks messy, don’t fret.