High action on higher fret on my steel acoustic guitar?



Asked by: Christina Sampley

Should action be higher at higher frets?





What you’re seeing is normal. All guitars have progressively higher action as you get to the higher frets. If you’ve really done a good job, the action at the 12th fret and 24th fret should be almost exactly the same. The action of your guitar at the nut is too high though.

Why is the action on my acoustic guitar so high?

The slight increase in action height gives an acoustic guitar’s strings more room to vibrate. This gives you a clearer tone and allows you to strum chords without ending up in a buzzing mess. What is this? The action you set on an acoustic guitar also depends on whether you use a capo often.

How do you lower the 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.

How do I know if the action on my guitar is too high?

If the intonation is off, the action is too high, the guitar buzzes when you fret a note, strings stop vibrating and buzz as you bend them, frets feel sharp, or neck appears warped, then your guitar definitely needs a set-up.

How high should the action be on an acoustic guitar?





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.

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.

How do I lower the action on my guitar?

Because the action on a guitar is angled up what you'll do is double that dimension from the 12th fret to the bridge. So if you want to take it down 1 64. If that's what you measure that's your your

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.

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

String Height at the 12th Fret



Low Action Medium Action High Action
Low E: 2.0mm (0.079”) High E: 1.5mm (0.059”) Low E: 2.5mm (0.098”) High E: 1.8mm (0.071”) Low E: 3.8mm+ (0.149”) High E: 3.2mm+ (0.126”)


How do I fix high action?

Using that pencil line as a guide sand. The bottom of the saddle to the final saddle Heights. If your saddle was too low instead of too high you could make a shim out of a piece of paper plastic.

How do I know if my guitar action is too low?

If the action is too low, then the strings will rattle against one or more of the frets as they are played. Because the strings and the guitar neck do not follow a straight parallel line, this problem is sometimes more apparent on one part of the guitar neck and the other. Some players prefer a very low action.



What is better high action or low action guitar?

The higher your action, the harder it’s going to be to press the string down… because the string has further to go before it finally makes contact with the metal fret. The lower the action, the easier it’s going to be to press the string down, because it’s already closer to the fret and has less distance to travel.

Why do people want high action on guitar?

Advantages of a higher action:



allows the player to strike the strings harder without creating fret-buzz. allows the player to strike the strings in such a way as to make the strings vibrate “forward-and-back”, without creating fret-buzz. This creates a fuller sound, as it makes the soundboard vibrate more.

How much should I lower the action on my acoustic guitar?

An action reduction of 1mm is often all that is needed to make a guitar go from bad to good playability. You can also adjust your action in steps if you aren’t sure how low to go or how low of action your guitar can handle without getting fret buzz.

What is considered a high action?

When measured from 12th fret, any height below 2 mm is considered a low action, whereas anything above 3.5 mm is high action. Anything in between is normal.



Is 2mm action high?

2mm is playable, but I definitely consider that too be too high for my tastes. I personally try to go for about 1.5mm or less. 2mm is playable, but I definitely consider that too be too high for my tastes.