Setting your action on the classical guitar

//Setting your action on the classical guitar

Setting your action on the classical guitar

Action is the height of the strings above the frets, and it can have a dramatic impact on your playing experience. If your left hand gets overly sore when playing, or your strings are buzzing a lot, this lesson could be a game changer for you.

Gary Lee has filmed an entire course entitled “A Player’s Guide to Guitar Mechanics” and it is available to CGC Members.

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In the rest of the course Gary talks about:

  • Fingerboard relief
  • Neck Angle
  • Intonation
  • Tuners
  • String Spacing
  • Setting action at the nut
  • Humidification
  • Scale Length
  • Neck Shape

Along with this course comes hundreds of resources that are all organized into a comprehensive curriculum.

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If you would like to hear more from Gary, you can listen to his podcast episode here at CGC:

2017-07-09T17:29:10+00:003 Comments


  1. Linda Tsardakas July 9, 2017 at 5:45 pm - Reply

    Thank you for some very good information! I’m looking forward to the other topics.

  2. Steven Ouwerkerk July 15, 2017 at 5:46 pm - Reply

    Dear Garrett Lee,
    I have just watched your lesion on adjusting the action on the classical guitar. This is something that my guitar has needed for some time. I found the video most useful and informative the diagrams helped to illustrate what to look for and fine-tune. The guitars you produce have an alluring quality and depth of tonal voicing that I like; your luthier skills are extemporary. Thank you from the technical information hopefully I can stop all the buzzing on my guitars now.
    Steven Ouwerkerk

  3. Melancholy July 19, 2017 at 1:13 am - Reply

    I’d never thought of it as a right triangle before. The Pythagorean theorem, again. It must be tough for luthiers as the distances between really awesome and otherwise might be just a fraction of a millimeter. Add in humidity, temperature, tension, differences in materials used in string construction, and player style, and setting action looks in large part to be as much art as science.

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