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Old 10-09-2017, 11:03 PM   #1
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Hi Guys, i'm new to all this a can only play a few chords , but i'm refurbishing two guitars one a Hohner Strat Type and the Other a SG Epiphone.

Can anyone tell me at what height I should be setting the strings above the frets ?

Any help would be appreciated ...Thank you...Basser.
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Old 10-09-2017, 11:17 PM   #2
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I think it should be governed your own personal playing style, than what they recommend the height be set at?.
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Old 10-10-2017, 12:35 AM   #3
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I go as low as I can without fret buzz
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I'm no expert on guitar setups. Other's here are much more knowledgable.

A guitar setup, IMO, is a group of interdependent settings that includes the neck relief, action, intonation, pickup height, strings and THE PLAYER. Often changing one setting means other need to be tweaked to accordingly.

You can find the recommended action for various guitars with a Google search. For example, "fender strat action" will find Fender Setup Guide. Those are often decent starting points.

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Hi Guys, i'm new to all this a can only play a few chords , but i'm refurbishing two guitars one a Hohner Strat Type and the Other a SG Epiphone.

Can anyone tell me at what height I should be setting the strings above the frets ?

Any help would be appreciated ...Thank you...Basser.
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Old 10-10-2017, 01:01 AM   #5
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I go as low as I can without fret buzz
Just on the clean side of buzzy.
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Old 10-10-2017, 01:10 AM   #6
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Right on, like the Limbo..
how low can ya go, how low can ya go!
If I played more rhythm, I'd probably raise em a touch
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It all comes down to personal preferences, and not everyone thinks the lower the better. A common standard for acoustic guitars is 4/64" treble side, 6/64"bass side, at the 14th fret, and this is what I use on both acoustics and electrics - but I only play slide on electrics.

It is important to set the correct neck relief before adjusting saddle height, the minor twitching of both might be required to find the optimum. Nut slot height might also need adjusting, and I would normally do this first.
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Old 10-10-2017, 03:58 AM   #8
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What everybody is telling you is good advice. Now, the factory recommended setting is 3/32 above the 12th fret. Now that you know what the factory thinks, you should set the action at whatever level suits you personally. Since you're a beginner, you don't have to take into account what is necessary for bending notes. Later on you're going to want to know what height is good for bending notes. That also is based on individual playing habits. For that. they should be low enough to play easy but high enough to push the adjacent strings out of the way. With all that said, you don't want the action so high as to cause notes to play sharp when you play far up the neck. Then on the other hand, you don't want the strings so low that the strings buzz and rattle against the frets. I hope that didn't cause information overload. I have a bad habit. If someone asks me what time it is, I teach them how to build a clock.
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Old 10-10-2017, 05:30 AM   #9
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Thank you guys for all the suggestions, it seems that the best way to do this is trial and experiment until I find a style that suits my limited playing ability.....TY again Basser :-)
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Old 10-10-2017, 06:34 AM   #10
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With 10's I set mine at 2mm above the 12th fret. I bought a string height gauge from Stewert MacDonald. If your new at this and want to learn to set up your guitar a great book is How to Make your Electric Guitar play great by Dan Erlewine. Available on Amazon. I highly recommend it if your technical minded at all and interested in setting up your guitars youself.
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