"any real professional guitarist likes low action, as low as possible"

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  1. radiocaster

    radiocaster Poster Extraordinaire

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    lol, I meant mm but nobody noticed.
     
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  2. paulnoise

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    I always assume professional means regular paid work.
    I suppose expert means the same skills as say a session musician and proficient in many styles.
    An amateur to me is between learner (knowing a few chords and a couple of songs) and professional.
    Despite being in a working band and being paid, I still need a full time job do I guess semi pro for me.
    Anyway.... I play with low action on the guitars I play at paid gigs*. The guitar I play for fun has slightly high action and my bass guitars have very low action. Live I play Hagstroms which have a naturally lower action. I do plan on reducing the action on my fun guitar a bit as its a little high right now.
     
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    Abso-frigin-lutely! (90s man went full low action.)
     
  4. stratguy23

    stratguy23 TDPRI Member

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    I prefer medium to high action. I like 11 gauge strings. I played another guy's guitar yesterday that was set up more for metal, so it was tuned down to drop C and had 10-52 strings with low action, and I really struggled to play leads on it. I need some room to dig in to play the way I like to, and I like some resistance from the strings.
     
  5. MrGibbly

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    Since this seems to have gone from "what professionals prefer" to "what TDPRI members prefer" I'll to mine out there. I look for slightly different things depending on the guitar and how I use it. In all cases, I'm gunning for virtually no buzz acoustically on any fret and certainly nothing you could hear coming through the amp. I play heavier rhythms, drop D, and slide on my Les Paul so the action higher on that one. My tele is the lowest, slinkiest, and has a compound radius so that's my go to for lead stuff. The strat is an all 'rounder so it's middle of the road but the strings heights are set so I can catch the ones I'm shooting for more easily on upstrokes and rakes when I'm really digging in. Each is a little bit different so it just takes me a couple of minutes when I first pick one up to run through a few licks and settle in.
     
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    I'm the exact opposite of a pro :D
    Maybe that's why I like my action a little
    high and my strings a bit thick.
     
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    I think it depends on how much strumming you do. I'm low to medium action, as I strum and play a lot of chords, and also finger pick a bit. I also, use a thick pick. On a three pickup guitar I hit the middle pickup a bit if action is to low.
     
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  8. J. Hayes

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    I've always used very low action since the sixties when I first met a great guitarist in LA by the name of Al Bruno.. Al is gone now but his influence on me is still very noticeable.... He could fly all over a fretboard and used a lot of pull offs and hammer ons..... Al was the first one I noticed who used a hybrid style (right hand pick and fingers) with a flat pick. I use a thumbpick myself but the low action does the trick for me... I played in the LA area in the sixties, seventies and half way through the eighties and the vast majority of the country lead players used low action. I don't know what the rockers did but I was in the "hillbilly scene"......JH in Va.
     
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    I want mine to touch the PUPS and the first fret. Sounds purfect that way. :p

    Seriously, I try to get mine as low as I can without buzz. Just always have.
     
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