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You Can Adjust the Action Of Your Guitar!

You Can Adjust the Action Of Your Guitar!

My Guitar Strings Are Too High-What can I do?

 You can adjust the action!

The action is most commonly thought of as how high the strings are from the frets. Adjust action is a term used to describe how a guitar is adjusted according to how high or low the strings are on the neck which affects how well it plays. Most of all, it’s adjustable. Probably, almost every player should perhaps know this.  Furthermore, to adjust the action is easy.

Saddle height directly affects how high the strings sit above the frets. Saddle radius/contour/attitude also affects the instruments action as the curvature of the saddle changes along with the strings height. Consequently, also the radius of the neck.

What Is A Guitar String Saddle?

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the action is adjusted here and is easily accessible

What is a guitar string saddle? The saddle of a guitar refers to the part of the bridge that physically supports the strings. It may be one piece (typically on acoustic guitars) or separate pieces, one for each string (electric guitars and basses).

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While there are reasons to raise and lower your string saddles and since comfort and feel is the key. Rather, for what reason?

Increase comfort by decreasing pressure on the players finger tips
Eliminate or decrease buzzing
Improve sustain and tone
Improve intonation by reducing the distance (sharpness) of string travel to the top of the fret

Most importantly, If you could make adjustments in action yourself, you won’t have to take your guitar to the shop for small incremental changes. the action can be set at the bridge. The action is how a guitar plays, specifically the distance of the strings to the fingerboard. If the strings sit too high, they’re hard to fret; if they’re too low, buzzing occurs.

                 Adjusting Saddle height for Action, Play-ability & Tone

The action is also how a guitar plays, specifically the distance of the strings to the fingerboard. As a result, if the strings sit too high, they’re hard to fret; if they’re too low, buzzing occurs. The farther a string must travel as it is pushed down by a players fingertip-the sharper the string gets. High action=Sharper notes.  Therefore, worse for the action.

Some players prefer higher action, yet, some prefer low action. You raise or lower the saddle for higher action by turning the hex screws with a tine hex wrench. Turn the screw clockwise to raise the saddle; turn it counter-clockwise to lower the saddle for lower action. Hence, if the saddle has two hex screws, be sure to turn them the same amount so that the saddle stays level.  Therefore, in conclusion,  the action is now adjusted!

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the action is adjusted here

                                                                                                         Electric Guitar Saddles

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About the Author:

Mr. Rick Mariner Owner and Founder and CEO of Haywire Custom Guitars Inc. He is a member of The Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (A.S.I.A.) as well as a guitar player. Rick holds a bachelors degree from University of Md. and a Masters degree from George Washington University. Rick developed his exclusive 8 – Point “Gig- Ready” guitar process that allows for Custom Guitars that are “GIG-READY”. With Rick’s many years of development and guitar set-up experience, Haywire Guitar shop “Builds satisfied players… one Haywire guitar at a time”.

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