What should the string height be on a Stratocaster?


Neck Radius String Height Bass Side Treble Side
7.25″ 9.5″ to 12″ 15″ to 17″ 5/64″ (2 mm) 4/64″ (1.6 mm) 4/64″ (1.6 mm) 4/64″ (1.6 mm) 4/64″ (1.6 mm) 3/64″ (1.2 mm)

How high should the strings be from the fretboard?

The distance between the strings and the neck at the 12th fret should be about 1.6 millimetres (0.063 in), or the width of a dime. Hold the flat end of a ruler against the neck and measure how high the strings are. If the strings are further than 1.6 millimetres (0.063 in), (high action) you need to lower the bridge.

What height should the strings be away from the first fret?

Measuring the nut slot heights As a starting point, shoot for . 02” in between the top of the first fret and the bottom of the string at the first fret on the wound strings (low E, A and D), and . 018” for the plain strings (high G, B, and E). On acoustic guitars with a wound G, you will also shoot for .

How do you measure the height of a string?

Measuring String Height at the 12th Fret

  1. Hold the guitar in the playing position. This is important.
  2. Measure the distance from the top of the 12th fret to the underside of the lowest (fattest) string.
  3. Next, measure the height under the highest (thinnest) string in the same manner.

How do I know if my action is too high?

Action is too high. Guitar buzzes when you fret a note. Strings “fret out” — stop vibrating and buzz as you bend them. Frets feel sharp along the edges.

How is action height measured?

You measure guitar action height with an action gauge or ruler. Rest the end of the ruler against the 12th fret on your guitar and hold it against the string. You need to measure the distance between the top of the fret and the bottom of the guitar string.

How tall are the strings on a Fender Stratocaster?

Guitar Action at the 12th fret of a Fender Stratocaster A guitar’s action is defined principally in terms of the height at which the strings sit above a given fret. Experts differ in their opinions about which fret is best to measure string height from, with most saying that measuring from between the 8th and the 12th fret, is the best.

How tall should the pickup be on a Stratocaster?

Measuring pickup height in relation to the open string may result in certain notes fretting out in the higher frets. This happens because as you fret higher up the neck, the strings may lower far enough to hit the pole pieces and stop vibrating. Here at Sweetwater, our techs measure in increments of 32nds or 64ths of an inch.

How do you adjust the tuning on a Stratocaster?

That means truss rod, string height (action), pickup height and tremolo height all have to completed before you do intonation. To adjust the intonation tune your strings to standard tuning. Then starting at the 6th string play the open string and the play the note an octave higher at the 12th fret.

How tall should the strings be on an acoustic guitar?

For acoustic guitars, our recommendation bumps up to 7/64th of an inch (2.78mm) on the bass side and 5/64th of an inch (1.98mm) on the treble side. These are just rules of thumb, of course. There is a considerable amount of leeway in choosing the right action height, depending on your instrument and playing style.