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Discussion in 'Squier Offset Guitars' started by Charvel Guy, Apr 9, 2021.
What is the lowest action that you have been able to get out of your Squier?
A little less than 1/16" without fretwork
Never have measured my action. I just set both E strings as low as they’ll go without buzzing then put the radius gauge on and set the rest.
I'd reckon not all Squiers will be the same. I can get my Affinity Jazzmaster much lower than my CV Jag, the Jag has notes fret out at a certain point. Which kinda makes sense since the Jag has a more round fretboard radius, and the bridge doesn't have independently adjustable saddle height.
I never measure anything. I just lower all the saddles until they start to buzz and then raise them just a little. And, I've found that I like a straight neck with no relief. That allows lower action without buzzing on the upper frets above the 12th, where I spend most of my time noodling.
Around 0.060 on both sides and the use a radius gauge.
I was curious because I really like low action even though I am a rhythm player. The action on my JM is just too high for my liking, even with a 12" radius, and I was considering having it plek'ed. I checked the frets with a rocker and they seem pretty good for the most part, with only a few minor high spots but I still can't get the strings low enough without buzz/choking out. Maybe I'll try to level and re-crown the problem areas first since the nearest plek machine is 2 hours away.
If your neck is straight and the frets are level the action can be lower, but it's not always necessarily best when it's lowest.
I've never measured the action on any of my guitars. During setup I adjust action per string to do what I want. That's it.
Low is not a goal for me. Being able to play without too much rattle is a goal. That ends up being somewhat high on my Teles, given the way I play.
I do measure mine to start. 4/64ths at the 17th fret with 0.010" relief at the 8th. Seems to work well as I dont like any lower than that . It seem hard to bend strings for me any lower
I've not measured it, but I can get the action pretty low on my mustang, I think the 12 radius fretboard helps. On my affinity strat, I will get a little buzzing once it gets low. I'm not sure how much of that is to do with the less flat fret board, or the fact that it's a second hand guitar that's over a decade old and the frets are a little lower down, I'm not sure how much by wear, or perhaps they were smaller originally, but I cant get the action quite as low. I do prefer it quite low, but I also find that I quite quickly become accustomed to whatever height I have it at.
I've read a lot about factory spec on my Fenders and Gibsons, but I always end up needing more than 0.010" (closer to 0.015 - .018) relief and a little higher action . It's not about feel and a straight neck is good in theory - I just really don't like buzz around frets 2-4 (I use 10 gauge strings). My Tele has action at 17th fret at 5/64 (low E) and then down to 4/64" (high E). I've always wondered if I have less tolerance for buzz than others or what.
I don't understand folks who don't measure these things. Half the fun is messing around!
Have never measured, just go with what's comfortable and still sounds good. Adjust away to your heart's content, it's your guitar....I mean, am sure you might not like my action, I might not like like yours, but it's all good as long as it works for you....I don't make a habit of playing other folks' guitars
My playing style is best served by a guitar whose action not super low. And how low varies guitar to guitar and string type/weight to string type/weight changing over time as my playing style and technique morphs.
"Low" is to some the Holy Grail. Such has been said and such they have heard endlessly.
But whether such is actually an advantage, or in fact a disadvantage, to their playing prowess is a question that may for many remain unasked and thus unanswered.
I don't like the action too low. I prefer it a little higher. In my experience the guitar will sound better with it a little higher. I know it depends on the guitar.
I use a height gauge that has a line but no numbers for fast easy no squint action settings At the nut I try for .006 - .010. It's funny I have only measured heights for a couple of years. For the 54 odd years before that I Never even thought about it.
I don't really measure the height. I can feel where I like it. But you got to make sure it's cut rite at the nut and don't want to go too high unless your just going to use a slide.
I like it as low as possible. Don't measure because I use my ears, not my eyes, to check for fret buzz. If I hear it, I raise the string.
I WILL use Fender's "suggestion" measurements for pickup height as a starting point and then earball it from there.
I do the same as far as listen for fret buzz and check for it fretting out on bends.
Mine all differ even though i use the same way to set the action.
Capo on the 1st fret, credit card taped on the 15th fret, lower all the strings til they buzz on the CC then back them off til they dont.