Action on 7.25" necks

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  1. AtlanticCity83

    AtlanticCity83 TDPRI Member

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    Hi,

    What are your preferred setups regarding string height in a 7.25" radius?

    Without choking and buzzing I set up mine in E=2,25mm and 'e=1,75mm.

    Would like to hear about your experiences.

    Greets,
    René
     
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  2. teleplayr

    teleplayr Tele-Afflicted

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    I have mine set-up the same as my 9.5" with no chocking on the frets, 2/32nds.
     
  3. Timbresmith1

    Timbresmith1 Tele-Holic

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    2mm and 1.75mm

    Too low and I can’t get under the high strings to bend them
     
  4. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Poster Extraordinaire

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    All by feel...but usually around 1.5X factory recommended settings – or at least 1.5X how they are set when they get to me, most of the time. I can't stand low "modern" action; I find it much harder to play on. I find that most factory setups need to be raised by about 2 complete revolutions on the saddle screws, give or take.
     
  5. AtlanticCity83

    AtlanticCity83 TDPRI Member

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    Ok, but my setup isn't "too high"? Although it's all a matter of taste but it's a great action to me!
     
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  6. Timbresmith1

    Timbresmith1 Tele-Holic

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    Nope. Within the normal range.
     
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  7. Telekarster

    Telekarster Friend of Leo's

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    Same here! ;)
     
  8. somebodyelseuk

    somebodyelseuk Tele-Meister

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    Low E ~ 2.5-3mm
    High E ~ 2mm
    ...on everything.
    Back when I started playing in the early 80s, that was considered a low action.
    I've tried a fair few 'well-known' players guitars over the years and plenty had their action higher than that, none were lower.
     
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  9. TC 57

    TC 57 Tele-Meister

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    Most modern Fenders-aside from vintage models have moved away from 7.25" PRS feels 10" is the 'perfect' fretboard radius...
     
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    somebodyelseuk Tele-Meister

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    Yeah, I know, but the radios doesn't dictate my action.
    I have Les Pauls, with 12" radii, set the same, as well as my ESP workhorses, which have 12-14" compounds.
    It's the height I'm comfortable with.
     
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    Usually I start out with Fender's height specs and then adjust from there. This works for me since it gives me a base to start with and then I adjust (usually always up) until the string height is at the point where I can really bang out hard chords with no buzzing. That's how I find the "sweet spot" where the action isn't too low or too high.
     
  12. AtlanticCity83

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    Thank you all so far!
    So now I'll check for the perfect pickup height - at least... perfect for me.
     
  13. jfgesquire

    jfgesquire Friend of Leo's

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    Does anyone take a radius gauge to all the strings as a double-check that the saddle heights mostly follow the radius?
    Do you have a numerical method for the 2 through 5 strings?
     
  14. dreamingtele

    dreamingtele Friend of Leo's

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    I had this on both my teles. My AVRI 62 and MIJ traditional 60’s. Both were fret levelled, new bone nut and professionally set up.

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    kinkstah Tele-Afflicted

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    I usually go by feel, but out of curiosity I just measured action on my AVRI 52 (vintage frets, 7.25" radius) ; action at 12th fret is in the 2/32nds ballpark, on both e/E strings (1.5mm on high e and 1.7mm on low E). I do a lot of bends (although rarely more than a full step), without fretout issue. No buzzing either (neck has a small amount of relief, 0.004-0.005"). So it works for me, since I play with a (relatively) light touch, mostly without a pick, and hardly strum. At the end of the day, there is no standard : to each style/player his own setup.
     
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