BrunoB wrote: ↑
Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:30 pm
Having taken some photographs with some ruled paper measurements the action is not that bad. The 12 fret action bass is <5mm and the treble action is 3.5mm so in fact it is possibly normal. I think a trip to a luthier might be in order but I expect the answer is not what I want to hear!!
Hi BrunoB - Those measurements are, for the guitarists I work with, on the high end of normal. But I am a bit confused by your measurements. There are typical standards for taking the measurements, although there are certainly variations.
For the nut, I fret just in front of (instead of behind) the second fret, on each string; the string should just clear, i.e., leave a little space between the top of the first fret and the underside of the string - barely perceptible movement when fretting the string. From there, I adjust to suit.
For the action at the 12th fret, you measure the space between the top of the 12th fret and the underside of the string.
Also, I would be interested in the measurement taken just in front of the bridge, between the top and the underside of the string, for both high and low E.
For the saddle, the measurement is taken from the top of the lip, or wood part of the bride, to the underside of the string, at the front of the saddle (facing the nut). In my experience, 3mm is on the high side for Ramirez 1a guitars.