Originally Posted by Ice
I keep all my guitars at a 32nd of an inch which is basically touching the frets. It requires a lot less touch and therefore playing faster is a breeze as well as sweeping/shredding. As far as anybody saying it effects the tone badly that's bull because if anything you get a better tone with more sustain.
I guess you LIKE that compressed sound from the strings hitting the frets?
You must not bend much either, because that low and even with a great fret level you're going to have strings choke a bit here and there.
And how can you think that having the string hitting the frets, thus transferring energy to the frets instead of letting it dissipate naturally, would give you MORE sustain????
Listen to your guitar unplugged and listen to a guitar with higher action, same strings and woods, and tell me the one with the higher action doesn't sound fuller.
I'll tell you to have your ears checked.
YES, this makes "shredding" easier, but I guess that's why you think the tone is fine, you're not staying on one note long enough to HEAR it.
And as Rich said, if you have everything up at "Nigel Tufnell’s" <spelling?> volume you could just breath on the strings and stuff is going to fall off of your shelves, so you wouldn't notice that the tone is being killed by hitting the frets anyway.
I used to LOVE really low action because of an injury to my left arm, but my ears kept telling me something was wrong. I'm at 2.5 and 3.0 mm at fret 24 now, not really high, but much higher than what I used to have, and I'm SO much happier with the tone I'm getting now.