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The calibrated distance between the open strings of a chordophone and the surface of the fingerboard or frets.

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What is the downside of ultra-low action?

I understand that low action on a guitar makes it easier to play. (See answers to this question for more on action and truss rods). I've never understood why all guitars aren't set-up with action as ...
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Lowering the action on a bass guitar

I have obtained a rather cheap P-bass imitation bass and, while it plays well in the lower register, about the 9th fret the action starts to rise and after the 12th fret it's in to the "wow, this ...
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Is a slight amount of fret buzz acceptable when lowering the action on a guitar

I recently took my Ibanez RG into the shop for new strings (same gauge as original) and asked them to lower the action. It came back with a significant amount of fret buzz (pretty much all over the ...
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Can a stiff piano action be lightened?

I have a grand piano with an extremely heavy/stiff action. Is it possible to lighten the action without completely rebuilding it? Is this something a professional piano tuner would do or would I have ...
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Insane amounts of fret buzzing on my lower strings

This may have been addressed before, but I can't really find a thread that targets this problem. Whenever I play on my low B, E, or A string between open and fifth fret inclusive, it always buzzes ...
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How to decide what kind of truss rod wrench to buy?

I have a walden guitar which has a truss rod. It's action was high and I gave it to a music shop to adjust. They adjusted the neck but now the frets are buzzing a bit. Also I think that the action ...
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Switching my strings from 10's to 9's - am I in for more fret buzz?

So, I'm playing an Agile 200 Les Paul copy (tune o matic bridge). I've had 10's on it and sadly it has some fret buzz. I recently got it set up to eliminate the buzz and the tech got it pretty close. ...
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Floyd Rose string tension and action question

I've been playing for quite some time, but have always owned and played non-trem guitars. These days, I'm in a kind of band where some whammy is of great use, so I picked up a Jackson Warrior with a ...
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Truss rod adjustment had no noticable effect

Today I adjusted the truss rod on my guitar, because the action was quite high and I found it difficult to play. I progressed slowly, and did 1/8 turns, but after each turn I had not noticed anything ...
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Upright Piano action problems

So I've been playing the piano for about 13 years now and I've noticed the action of my piano getting worse and worse. There are actually several problems: On some keys the amount of force needed to ...
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Moving short violin bridge towards fingerboard

My violin bridge is slightly too short; if I place it between the f-hole notches as it should be, action becomes too low. I normally use heavy gauge strings to partially compensate for lost tension. ...
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Acoustic Guitar | How to adjust the gap between the strings and the fret board

I have a 2 year old acoustic guitar . Over the period of time there's a huge gap that has appeared between the higher frets and the strings. What has caused this gap? and How do i fix this.
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Piano action too stiff after tuning, what's happened?

My new second hand schimmel 112 upright had its first tune three weeks ago. We bought it 8 weeks ago, let it rest and acclimatise then had it tuned with a mini service. The piano is 25yo and its last ...
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When adjusting the neck of an acoustic guitar, what bending might be normal?

Recently I bought a second guitar, before I had for almost 8 years just one guitar and did not noticed that its action was quite high. When I took the guitars of others I often wondered that they ...
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High action VS Low action

Can someone compare between high action and low action on guitar and which one is better , i don't know too much about them.
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What's the effect of playing with high action?

I have guitar, the action is really high. My question is: what's the affect of learning and practicing in high action in the long term? Is this an advantage or not? Is high action something that'll ...
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Guitar Action for practicing and learning

I know for certain that a lower action on a guitar makes playing easier, but does having a high action makes you more skilled by overcoming the extra difficulty or is it just an inconvenience?
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tight truss rod

I recently got my hands on a used schecter km6 guitar. It played great, except for that the action was higher than i like it. I checked the relief in the neck (fretted the 1st and 17th fret, measured ...
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What is the safest way to raise and lower action and adjust intonation?

I'm worried that taking my strings of every time to check whether the action or intonation is right will make them snap. So what's the safest way to remove new strings so I can change the intonation ...
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I think my guitar strings are wound too tight and I can't play barre chords

I'm a beginning guitar player, with a secondhand Yamaha FG-180J I got as a gift. The strings were already wound when I got it. Upon playing it, I had a lot of trouble playing barre chords. The strings ...
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After re-stringing acoustic guitar my action feels way off.

I recently bought an acoustic guitar, and it had this beautiful action on it. I've restrung it recently (same gauge strings) and now there's a very noticeable difference in playability. Is this normal,...
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Which strings should be used for smoother guitar chord formation?

I am playing guitar for a year and half and till now I am not able to play barre chords smoothly as i can not form it with proper pressure and my hand starts to pain in 2 mins. What kind of acoustic ...
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Am I correctly approaching the relationship between string bending and action height?

Mostly self-taught guitar player here, haven't had a lesson in 30 years. Running into particular problems with string bending, and after some google searches, trying to finally come up with a strategy ...
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How can I lower a plastic acoustic guitar saddle?

I got an acoustic steel-string guitar, the nut's height is perfect. Now I want to lower my saddle. It's made of plastic – a bone synthetic for making sure – which I think it's a bit hard to get it ...
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Fret Buzz on specific areas

I have a Jackson Ke5Fr Kelly, I mainly used it on .09 string gauge with standadd tuning but last couple of months it was .10's in Whole-Step Down tuning. Now, I turned back to .09's and standard ...
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Is the action of my guitar really high?

Okay, so I bought an acoustic a few months ago and now I have calluses on my fingertips, but I still get deep trenches in my fingertips if I play for like an hour or so. Right now I'm trying to learn ...
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A guitar won't stay in tune, also dirty pickup selector

My friend has an Ibanez.. something, and it's not the most expensive guitar. Nevertheless, it is a pretty good guitar for its budget. Lately there have been a few problems with it, which I told him I ...
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How to know the action of an acoustic guitar before buying it?

The question is in the title, really. I usually play electric guitar and I'd like to learn some finger style on an acoustic guitar. Many acoustic guitar I tried are much harder to play and I've been ...
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Switching from keyboard to hammered-key digital piano

Ι've been playing 61 keys non-weighted keyboard for 3 years with the sole purpose of learning piano. But as Ι improved, I wanted to learn more and more difficult tracks which included 0th and 6th ...
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Is guitar action affected by tuning?

I am looking at purchasing a nice second hand steel string acoustic guitar in a local music shop. One of the aspects that I really like about the guitar is the string action. When I was trying the ...
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Ideal action and string gauge for acoustic fingerstyle

I've been playing more and more percussive fingerstyle, and one thing I have trouble with is getting volume when hitting strings with only my left hand, for example like Jon Gomm and others. ...
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Standard Jazzmaster HH bridge/saddle height adjustment

The Fender Standard Jazzmaster HH is a modern hybrid, with a few differences compared to the classic design: the tailpiece has been moved closer to the bridge, and the saddles are a sort of Jazzmaster/...
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String gauge switching without truss rod

My acoustic guitar has no truss rod and all this time I've been using .12-.53 gauge strings, and until now it's still that gauge, I've bought a .10-.48 but i haven't switched out the strings yet, but ...
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Guitar strings, high action but not touching saddle

I found the action on my acoustic guitar seemed very high and measured it to be >5mm. I read how to lower it and sanded down the saddle. I now have the issue that I sanded so much that the bottom and ...
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Barre chords are difficult to play on my acoustic guitar

I have Westfield JBEA 35-SB acoustic/electric guitar. It's currently strung with Elixir Nanoweb acoustic guitar strings that are extra-light gauge, .010 - .047. I find it very difficult to play ...
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Electric Guitar Setup For A Newbie

I have always wanted to learn how to play guitar, especially Electric. I had a birthday recently and my wife bought me a super cheap setup from eBay. I know there are a lot of reasons to use a more ...
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How can I lower action on this guitar

Here is the picture of guitar. https://photos.app.goo.gl/kRjPwrUCL5ad5gT46 It is a hovner 185 guitar, how do I lower the action on this guitar?
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High action on higher fret on my steel acoustic guitar

It's been 2 years since the last time I played guitar. I tried to play again this morning and something feels off. I felt sore on my wrist when trying to play barre chords for just a few strums. I don'...
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What would (theoretically) cause ESP LTD strats with Floyd Roses to play easier than an MIM Strat?

Well, my beliefs are being challenged again about guitars' ease of playing. I once thought my strat was as good as it got, but no. Amazingly enough, a $250 LTD guitar (along with other similar models, ...
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Can a well regulated piano be incompatible with a sufficiently fast/soft song?

I play an upright piano with particularly heavy keys, and whenever I'm learning a very fast song (e.g. parts of Clementi Op.36 No.5) I wonder if even the composer couldn't have played it on my piano ...
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Difference in action between pressed and unpressed strings too much?

When pressing an individual string at lower frets on the fret board, I sometimes miss the string with my pick due to its height in relation to the other strings. In other words, I feel like the ...