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post Jul 24 2012, 12:30 AM
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Look at the action of this guitar ohmy.gif
So then low action is better for killer sweeps ?? I would give lots to be able to sweep pick like that..


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post Jul 24 2012, 12:43 AM
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QUOTE (Opetholic @ Jul 23 2012, 11:30 PM) *
Look at the action of this guitar ohmy.gif
So then low action is better for killer sweeps ?? I would give lots to be able to sweep pick like that..


It isn't necessary, but it definitely helps a helluva lot.


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post Jul 24 2012, 01:11 AM
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You sacrifice sustain and get fret buzz as you lower your action. But play-wise, the lower the action, the less effort you need to hold them strings down, and therefore, the faster you can play. Make sure if you lower your action, you get your guitar set-up at the same time - you know, tweak the neck, etc. If you're neck isn't right, you can get dead-spots up the neck when bending due to the strings up there hitting frets higher up.

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post Jul 24 2012, 01:33 AM
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QUOTE (Opetholic @ Jul 23 2012, 07:30 PM) *
Look at the action of this guitar ohmy.gif
So then low action is better for killer sweeps ?? I would give lots to be able to sweep pick like that..


Like just about everything else it depends a lot on who you ask smile.gif But in general, lower action can make all sorts of things a bit easier to play IMHO. I personally prefer the action set as low as possible. But thats just me, some folks like to "dig in" and like the action set higher.

To find out which one is best for you, have a guitar setup by a pro and request low action. Later, have it set up again, and request the action raised. See which you like. smile.gif



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post Jul 24 2012, 01:57 AM
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Higher action = more sustain? Really?!! I didn't know....but if so, I probably wouldn't mind trading a bit of that low-action, for a bit more of my favorite thing....tasty sustain!!


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post Jul 24 2012, 02:38 AM
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I have always liked really low action. But I have a theory that playing faster because of low action is just because of timeing between your hands. When I switch between my electric and my acoustic and try to play the same thing I seem to have a timing issue from the extra time it takes to push the string down. But I think my fingers are still traveling the same distance just a little slower. And I have read that Yngwie Malmsteen prefers a high action and it doesn't seem to slow him down.


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post Jul 24 2012, 02:44 AM
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QUOTE (vonhotch @ Jul 24 2012, 01:38 AM) *
And I have read that Yngwie Malmsteen prefers a high action and it doesn't seem to slow him down.


His guitar is different. He has scalloped frets which REALLY makes it a lot easier to play, plus, he has very light - guaged strings. I am pretty sure he uses .7 or .8


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post Jul 24 2012, 08:56 AM
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Is a low action necessary... well, it might help for sure. But is it absolutely necessary ?

Let's ask a dead Austrian..



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post Jul 24 2012, 09:05 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jul 24 2012, 07:56 AM) *
Is a low action necessary... well, it might help for sure. But is it absolutely necessary ?

Let's ask a dead Austrian..

LOL tongue.gif
I wonder why he is so angry at my question biggrin.gif


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post Jul 24 2012, 09:09 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jul 24 2012, 07:56 AM) *
Is a low action necessary... well, it might help for sure. But is it absolutely necessary ?

Let's ask a dead Austrian..



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Well, he gets angry very easily laugh.gif

The action on my Ibanez and my Fender is pretty high, I guess. I like it that way, but it sure makes shredding more difficult (that's why I suck at it laugh.gif ). But I'm sure you can play really fast with high action when you practice enough.


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post Jul 24 2012, 10:34 AM
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QUOTE (Opetholic @ Jul 24 2012, 09:05 AM) *
LOL tongue.gif
I wonder why he is so angry at my question biggrin.gif


He's very passionate about shred guitar techniques. It doesn't take much to get him angry.


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post Jul 25 2012, 06:31 PM
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I hate low action!
Played with it a lot of time, but then one day I set it quite high and realized, that my guitars can sound much better, and my hands synchronisation also improved. I play high action since that moment.
Watch Andy James, he says he plays high too smile.gif


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post Jul 25 2012, 09:23 PM
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QUOTE (Max Sokolov @ Jul 25 2012, 06:31 PM) *
I hate low action!


It's the worst for string bending isn't it ? wink.gif


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post Jul 25 2012, 10:22 PM
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I remember reading in an interview that Kirk Hammett has high action and medium guage strings because he likes to feel like he is fighting his guitar when he is playing. I tried going that route, unfortunately, I don't like fighting a beast I have yet to tame laugh.gif


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post Jul 26 2012, 01:17 AM
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Great replies smile.gif I love how these threads really give all the angles of a given topic. Back to no "Best" anything, just "Better" / "Best" for player at hand. So try it higher, see what you think, try it lower, etc. Essentially, it's all about finding what's "Best" for you and your style of play and that is something you find out by, well, .... playing!

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post Jul 26 2012, 05:45 AM
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QUOTE (Ben Higgins @ Jul 25 2012, 08:23 PM) *
It's the worst for string bending isn't it ? wink.gif

On Suhr - no smile.gif It has veeery precise frets, so bends are nice and clean with low action too. I just don't like the sound and feeling.


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