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Can you say, "low action at the nut?"

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by flyingbanana, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. flyingbanana

    flyingbanana Poster Extraordinaire

    Yes....someone likes their action low. :cool:

    Gives new meaning to the zero fret thing...

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  2. JeffBlue

    JeffBlue Tele-Holic

    Oct 24, 2012
    southern California
    I like my action low at the nut also. Makes the whole guitar play smoother. Unless I have a guitar that I set up for slide, low is the way to go.
  3. teleup

    teleup Tele-Holic

    Apr 22, 2010
    between Milwaukee and Chicago
    looks like someone plowed the slots to the nub!
    are the strings resting on the fret???
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  5. 20721

    20721 Former Member

    Sep 28, 2012
    San Diego
    I like mine as low as possible. Is there a rule of thumb here? I've always done the "one-half string diameter" rule, and it works fine, but I'd appreciate knowing what others do.
  6. flyingbanana

    flyingbanana Poster Extraordinaire

    The strings are a ticks rump off of the frets...and not much higher down at the saddles. Those frets aren't worn...they are new 6100's. Pic must be deceiving.
  7. Toto'sDad

    Toto'sDad Telefied

    Jun 21, 2011
    I cut a square from the yellow pages of a phone book about 2.5 " x 2.5 " then I fold that piece of paper in half, then fold it again. I file the nut so that when you're fretting in front of the third, the paper will pass under the string at the first fret with the slightest drag, not enough to lift the string, just enough you can feel a slight tug on the paper as it slides under the string. Repeat across the nut and the nut will also be radiused to the first fret. Usually when you do this, there will be no sharp notes played close to the nut.
  8. Ricky D.

    Ricky D. Poster Extraordinaire

    After Mellecaster sets up my guitars, the action at the first fret is about .015" - .020".
  9. flyingbanana

    flyingbanana Poster Extraordinaire

    Yeah....I appreciate low action, but my personal preference is that it be a bit higher than normal. I could prob slide the front cover of a yellowpage book underneath mine. But you know what they say...set her up like they like it.

    On the neck in the pic the strings are prob the thickness of a single page above the frets...then I dial in the truss rod for a hair more of relief at the first fret. Then I had to flatten out the neck because even that was to high for the owner. lol
  10. jbmando

    jbmando Poster Extraordinaire

    Nut action is critical. To want it high, you must be willing to accept sharp notes in the first 5 frets. I think four thicknesses of a yellow page could be a little much, but if it works, it's cool. I like a "tick's rump" off the first fret when the string is fretted at the third fret, myself.
  11. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 21, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    When I set up my guitars, I get them pretty low. I want to be able to fret the first fret just by the weight of my fingers. And I also try to slot them so that all string take the same pressure to fret. Never actually measured, but its low.
  12. flyingbanana

    flyingbanana Poster Extraordinaire

    Do you level and dress your own frets Colt? What about fall away on the last 6 or 8 frets?
  13. Doug 54

    Doug 54 Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 12, 2004
    Can easily be slightly shimmed up with hard material of ur choice!

  14. savvy

    savvy Tele-Meister

    Dec 15, 2008
    St Annes on sea UK
    I also like mine low, I use a ciggy paper (gnats ****) over first fret whilst fretting the 3rd.
  15. Toto'sDad

    Toto'sDad Telefied

    Jun 21, 2011
    The reason I use the method of folding the paper the second time is this I believe results in about .002 clearance, if I remember correctly. I used to set them lower, but if you set them as low as you can go, in a short time with even a little wear on the nut, you start having buzzing issues.
  16. Old Cane

    Old Cane Poster Extraordinaire

    Sep 7, 2007
    Murfreesboro, TN
    I set mine approx .008-.015 little to big. I have a gauge. Money well spent. Eyeball=good. Gauge=wonderful.
  17. Colt W. Knight

    Colt W. Knight Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 21, 2007
    Tucson, AZ

    Yes, I level and dress my own frets. I add a litte fall away on the end of the neck.
  18. John Thigpen

    John Thigpen Tele-Meister

    May 10, 2003
    Rock Hill, SC
    The traditional method is to fret the string at the third fret, and file the nut such that it barely clears the first fret. I don't measure it...just check it by should take very slight pressure to fret the first fret.
  19. AJBaker

    AJBaker Friend of Leo's

    Oct 3, 2010
    Works for me too!
  20. flyingbanana

    flyingbanana Poster Extraordinaire

    Good to know Colt. What's your method for making sure the neck is perfectly straight before leveling the frets? Do you use that tool from StewMac?
  21. Nick JD

    Nick JD Doctor of Teleocity

    I sometimes go, "Bit more... bit more.... bit m."

    AH, NUTS! :mad:
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