How high should strings be at the nut?
Generally, the bottoms of the nut slots should be a few thousandths of an inch higher than the tops of the frets when the neck is straight. To check nut-slot height, hold the string down at the third fret, and see how much it moves over the first fret.
How high should the strings be at the first fret?
String Height at the 1st Fret
|Low Action||“Normal” Action|
|Low E: 0.51mm (0.020”) High E: 0.30mm (0.012”)||Low E: 0.76mm (0.030”) High E: 0.41mm (0.016”)|
How do I know if my guitar nut is too high?
There should be just a hair of space between the string and 1st fret… slightly more for bass strings than treble. If it is touching, you will likely get buzz, if there is too much space, not only will it be harder to play, but you will stretch the string sharp when you fret it.
Is there an ideal height for string action?
The ideal string height according to most guitar makers and players is about 3mm for the high E string (plus or minus about .5mm) and about 4mm for the low E string (plus or minus about .5mm). As a rule, the higher the action, the greater the clarity, sustain and dynamic range.
How do you adjust guitar nut?
Score around the edge of the nut anywhere it’s attached to the guitar with your craft knife/scalpel. Take your block of wood and lie it down on the fretboard so that the flat piece of the wood is pressed up against the nut. Very lightly tap the other end of the wood with your hammer. This is a very light tap.
What’s is your string height?
String height or action describes the distance between the top of your frets to the bottom of your strings. This distance plays a key role in your setup because it determines the ease in which your guitar can be played. Action determines how much pressure and distance is required for the string to make full contact with each fret.