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The height of the strings on the fretboard is defined as "action" and is determined by a series of variables (truss rod, bridge height, nut), which determine how comfortable the instrument will be to play.

A comfortable action depends on three setup factors (in chronological order):

And in order of influence on the fretboard comfort:


Below are some useful tips for finding your ideal action.

NB: the following tips apply when you have perfectly dressed frets:

Having the frets dressed by a pro guitar repairman guarantees a lower action
and a fast and confortable feel on the fretobard.

Galeazzo Frudua

Galeazzo Frudua

As a luthier and guitar making and repair teacher, since 1988 he has built making more than 350 boutique guitars and basses priced from 2,900 to 5,600 Euros and repaired and customized thousands of stringed instruments. His instruments and amplifiers are used by flagship artists, such as Chick Corea, Peter Gabriel, Ennio Morricone, Carl Verheyen. He owns two YouTube channels—where he teaches music—that count up to 40 millions views and almost 200.000 subscribers.

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