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Offline bbr

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« on: December 17, 2009, 06:06:22 AM »
What is minimum acceptable action height for a nylon string guitar at 12th. fret?

Offline mcloud10

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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2009, 10:01:37 AM »
It varies by manufacturer, and to personal taste, but I believe a standard or ballpark figure is around 5/32 for the 6th string and 4/32 (1/8) for the 1st string.  Mine is close to this and works for me.


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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2010, 10:24:38 PM »
IMHO what you ought to be asking is What is the highest acceptable action's an old trick with the classical guitar, the higher the action, the more volume you get from the guitar (mainly b/c of the manner in which the strings are plucked on the classical compared to a steel-string guitar).

It is a phenomenon discovered in the 1970's by the consumer electronics industry.  Psychoacoustically (the manner in which the brain interprets sounds) louder sounds are interpreted as higher quality.  Those manufacturers who managed to market more efficient speakers (more SPL with the same electrical input) were routinely judged as better by listening panels.  When the SPL was adjusted for equality, the advantage often disappeared.

Fortunately, the strings on a classical guitar are much easier to play at a high action than those on a steel-string guitar.  You might think you'd get better playability with low action, but not really as long as your neck is straight.

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Offline greygoose625

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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2011, 09:22:41 PM »
String action on a classical guitar.....a concert Rameriz has high action with a long scale so it won't buzz with volume.  If you're not performing concerts or using a sound system a lower action will work.  I use a low tension strings on my Rameriz with high acction and a normal tension strings on my Houser that has an average buzz......but if you play flemenco use a high tension string with low action.  Not everybody has the same strenth or same size hand.....there is no magic measurement for the action on the 12th fret......bottom line is does it sound good......jane

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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2012, 10:28:01 AM »
I notice no one mentioned the nut slot depth. The comfort in playing is mostly felt at the lower frets; acoustic steel strings really make it evident! The '3rd fret test' is to press at fret 3 just past the 3rd fret toward fret 4. Look at and feel the gap between fret 2 or 1 under the string to the fret top. It should be felt but almost invisible (like a business card thickness).  At fret 12, I can set my classical guitars to 3/32 on the bass and about the same or a bit lower at the treble side. Remove material from the bottom flat side of the saddle and keep it true and straight. It's a job for a luthier if you do not have nut slot files and some skill and patience.