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FDP Forum / FDP Unplugged - Acoustic Instruments / 12 string acoustic action height



'scuse me while I kiss the sky.
Jan 30th, 2015 02:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Advice appreciated please...
My 12 string acoustic (admittedly not an expensive axe), action is still too high for me. After shaving down its bone saddle and straightening out the truss rod to the point the fretboard is almost flat, the string break angle over the saddle is now at the point I cannot really shave any more of it.

I thought of bridge surgery to effectively deepen the bridge pin seats which would allow more depth = greater break angle, but not sure the guitar is worth it and may damage it. Any ideas....Ebay maybe?

Edit: When I speak about deepening the bridge pin seats I mean I could then shave off more from the saddle to lower action.

(This message was last edited by avsalesman at 04:08 PM, Jan 30th, 2015)

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Country city guy

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Apr 5th, 2015 09:03 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

What about the nut on the neck. You might be able to adjust the string grooves and that might help. I just bought some nut files and I plan to work on a few of the 42 guitars that I now own.

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Apr 6th, 2015 10:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Nut slot depth and string height at the first fret is important but this may not solve your issues further down the neck.

Neck angle may be too negative to allow proper bridge adjustment and the top of the guitar may be bowed up from years of tension.

As you said this is not an expensive guitar, these issues creep in over the years and can be costly to correct. High humidity can also cause the top to bow up as it swells.

The bridge height may be able to be corrected a bit however this is typically done by removing the bridge and removing material from the bottom of the bridge then re-attaching it to the guitar.

(This message was last edited by Hammond101 at 02:45 PM, Apr 7th, 2015)

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Apr 8th, 2015 03:51 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

How flat is the top? Is the top "bellied' right behind the bridge? If so, it is possible the guitar is too dry. It may also be due to a broken internal brace.

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