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mmenk

 

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Is there a sweet spot, or should it be as low as you can go?
As a builder, I like to set up a guitar with a medium action, which means that you can play it hard and it will buzz a bit, but not get to dirty or over driven.
Then I also like it down and low and sleezy. Buzzing like a bird.
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Ricardo

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RE: adjusting the playing action on ... (in reply to mmenk

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ORIGINAL: mmenk

Is there a sweet spot, or should it be as low as you can go?
As a builder, I like to set up a guitar with a medium action, which means that you can play it hard and it will buzz a bit, but not get to dirty or over driven.
Then I also like it down and low and sleezy. Buzzing like a bird.



It's player's personal preference. I am more concerned with bridge height than action over fingerboard. Bridge=8mm, 12th fret=3 is making most folks happy.

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SephardRick

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RE: adjusting the playing action on ... (in reply to mmenk

I considered it more of a practical spot, than a sweet spot. Action is really a compromise. Personally, I don't like going below 3.0 mm (at 12th fret) for the bass E string and 2.7 mm for the treble E. Any lower, my technique doesn't seem to improve. Just more buzzing. Therefore, its not worth the extra buzz. Especially if you play other styles in addition to flamenco on the guitar. IMHO.

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etta

 

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RE: adjusting the playing action on ... (in reply to mmenk

String tension can be a big factor in action settings. The use of high tension strings can allow for a lower action with more control over buzzing or rattle.
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I like my action a couple mm higher than average.

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