The action of an acoustic guitar refers to the height of its strings above the fretboard, which is the area the fingers are placed to alter the pitch that the strings produce. It is very EASY to see a gap of .001 between two closely spaced things, if there's strong light coming from behind. Write it down. Password: Register : FAQ: Calendar: Mark Forums Read Thread Tools #1 04-16-2012, 01:03 PM Gostwriter. Theoretically, that will put the depth of the slots at exactly the height of the first fret. Once the relief has been set, measurements for string height should be as follows: (measures top of fret to bottom of string): Bass side string height 1st fret: 1… For electric guitars, in our opinion, a good default string height at the 12th fret is typically about 6/64th of an inch (2.38mm) on the bass side and 4/64th of an inch (1.59mm) on the treble side. Thank you. – Kanarat, Thailand Spoon Writes: Thank you Kanarat for this very good question. Reply to this topic ; Start new topic; Recommended Posts. No measuring or tools needed for checking action at the nut: (Fretting at the 3rd fret and having the string “just clear” the first fret is not precise enough for me. Place the strings of an acoustic guitar 3/32 of an inch above the fretboard. Registered User : Join Date: Mar 2011. General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion, http://www.stewmac.com/How-To/Online...ge_I-0670.html, http://www.frets.com/FretsPages/Musi...nutaction.html. Place the strings of an acoustic guitar 3/32 of an inch above the fretboard. String Height at the Nut/1st Fret J45. String action specs. Measured for the outermost bass and treble strings. Guitar string height can vary within Martin factory specs. Relief . When I got down to what I would call "very comfortable" action at the at the first fret, the measurement I got at the first fret when holding down at the 3rd fret was about .004"-.005" . Easy! Ferd13 0 Ferd13 0 Member; All Access; 0 12 posts; Report post; Posted March 15, 2016. Theoretically, that will put the depth of the slots at exactly the height of the first fret. Remove the capo from the 1st fret and whilst looking at the side of the fingerboard on the bass side, place your small ruler behind the 6th string directly on the 12th fret. Measure the distance from the top of the 12th fret to the bottom of the 6th string. This is the standard height set by many manufacturers for acoustic guitars. Followers 0. The D-28 Authentic 1941 is by all accounts very comfortable to play. The ideal height would be just about the same as a fret's height in the same position as the nut. Here's how. I do it this same way, but add .01 to my height. Gibson Acoustic ; String Height at the Nut/1st Fret J45 Sign in to follow this . Practically, I find that adding .006 to .008, usually graduated from bass to treble strings, avoids buzzing at the first fret. I would like an actual value if someone has one that he or she knows by experience works well for my playing style.). Measure the distance from top of fret to bottom of string while depressing the string at the 1st and last fret: Relief should measure .005 - .010" at the 8th fret. The Acoustic Guitar Forum > General Acoustic Guitar and Amplification Discussion > Build and Repair: String Height at the 1ST and 12TH Frets User Name: Remember Me? So, without any real effort at all, you can bend over and peer at the gap between the string and the first fret when the string is depressed between the second and third. Lay a straightedge across the frets and measure the clearance at the 8th. Can I check my own nut action? Use a graduated ruler that can indicate 32nds in order to set this dimension accurately, but measure your height from the bottom of the string. Somebody PLEASE, tell me what the string height is/recommended? This is the standard height set by many manufacturers for acoustic guitars. Does anyone have an action height for the first fret that they know by experience works well? In practice, I've found that there are some musicians whose playing attack is so vigorous that they require the nut to be higher to avoid the open string buzz. And that includes my own opinion. Anchor the string on the first fret, then measure the clearance betweent he string and the second fret. Action determines how much pressure and distance is required for the string to make full contact with each fret. This distance plays a key role in your setup because it determines the ease in which your guitar can be played.