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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-16-2001, 11:07 PM Thread Starter
 
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Action - How LOW?

What the lowest I can expect to get the action (in mm) on my RG550 without too many rattles or buzzes?
I have a maple board and an edge trem.
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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-16-2001, 11:13 PM
 
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Action

Has it been setup yet?
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post #3 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-16-2001, 11:29 PM
 
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The action on my RG is roughly about 1.5mm (6th string) and about 1.4mm (1st string) and it's pretty clean.
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post #4 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-16-2001, 11:55 PM Thread Starter
 
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It's only a few weeks old and it was brand new when I got it so I'd imagine it was set up at the factory.
The action's just over 2mm at the momentand I want to lower it as much as I can.
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post #5 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-17-2001, 12:00 AM
 
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What the hell do you use too measure 1.4mm and 1.5mm?
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post #6 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-17-2001, 12:32 AM
 
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A *RULER :sarcasm:
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post #7 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-17-2001, 03:19 AM
 
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Ok, after seeing the unscientific way of measuring string height, how the hell do you distinguish .1 mm with a ruler????
I checked my action with a set of Gauge blocks, (I'm a machinist ya know) here's what I found
Measurements are Low E first (or B) and then high E
JEM7VWH *.029" * -> *.028"
JEM777DY *.043" *-> *.029"
JEM77FP * *.035" *-> *.032"
UV777BK * *.046" *-> *.031"
UV7BK * * * *.045" *-> *.031"
540S * * * * *.028" *-> * .024"
RG custom * .029" *-> *.011" *but the neck is twisted on this one and it doesn't play for sh!t anymore so it doesn't count.
just so you know, .03932" = 1.0 mm
If you want to know what these numbers are in mm, just multiply by 25.4
None of my guitars except the UV7BK have any fretbuzz anywhere and the UV7BK only does because the frets are worn pretty bad.
Some of these numbers might seem pretty far apart, but when you consider that a piece of writing paper is about .0035", then having .010" difference between guitars is pretty good I would say.
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post #8 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-17-2001, 04:41 AM
 
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Check out the setup section under guitars on jemsite and they deal with hight. Typically unless you are skilled at leveling frets and such you probably wont be able to do much. For the lowest possible action you can get you probably should take it to a skilled tech because there is alot of playing aroung you can do with the action.
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post #9 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-17-2001, 09:41 AM
 
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I've got a very special, very accurate Ruler :biggrin:
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post #10 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-17-2001, 11:02 AM
 
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I hope your special ruler is good for measuring more than just 1.4mm and 1.5mm?
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post #11 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-17-2001, 12:58 PM
 
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My special ruler can measure anything! :sarcasm:
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post #12 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-17-2001, 01:23 PM
 
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Lucky you
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post #13 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-17-2001, 04:15 PM
 
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Thats wonderful stu. :sarcasm:
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post #14 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-17-2001, 04:47 PM
 
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My special ruler belongs to a special friend, but my special friend dissappeared when I was 5. *He also had a special dog, and a special cat and a special ..............

yeah, whatever. :biggrin:
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post #15 of 30 (permalink) Old 02-17-2001, 06:13 PM
 
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Action

A little tip I got out of a Stew Mac catalog. *When you are done with old strings, clip short 3 inch pieces off and attach them to a piece of circular cardboard (coaster size). *Then, you can use those strings (knowing the thickness of each string) as height measurements.
So you end up with a little shuriken looking weapon, with gauged tips sprouting out of it.
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