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7/1/2004 5:14 AM
 
Is there any way to lower the action on an acoustic Gibson Epiphone. I want to give the guitar to a young family member but the action is high for him to play. Any suggestion would be appreciated.

Mister Tone Deaf Bob
 
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7/17/2004 4:02 PM
 
Hi Bob,

I had nearly the exact same problem with a Martin/Sigma acoustic guitar. I got the guitar for a great price at a fundraiser auction thinking it might be nice as a 'beater' guitar or one for my kids to learn on. Unfortunately, the action was so high that it was unplayable for anyone without extremely strong hands.

I took it to a local luthier who also offers repair services. I had them install a new bone saddle, perform a setup (which sets the action, intonation, etc), and install new strings.

Quite honestly, the results are stunning. The action is low and smooth -- yet without any hint of fret buzz, the intonation is perfect, and the bone saddle dramatically improved the sound. It is like having a new guitar. In fact, it has gone from collecting dust to being one that I use fairly frequently.

The whole bill for this work was around $75 (before tax) and was money well spent, in my opinion.


Regards,

John
Columbus, Ohio
 
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1/10/2005 11:26 AM
 
You can adjust the truss rod with an allen wrench ,if equiped . Look in the sound hole at the end of the neck.
       (lossen your strings a little first)
 
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