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I recently bought a Martin 000-15M. I really like the guitar, but I feel I struggle a bit too much playing fingerstyle songs. The action on the lower E string is at around 2.1 mm and the higher E is at about 1.7 mm (measured at the 13th fret with a capo on the 1st fret)
I've noticed that Emil's playing seems to effortless, and I'm wondering if a low action a part of that. Obviously there's a lot more going on than just low string action, as he is a world class player.
Also one of Tommy Emmanuel's top 10 tips is to get the guitar setup right.
I've read that he has a very low string action (12th fret):
Low E: 0.137mm
High E: 0.127mm
I'm curious to know what people consider a high or low action. Is mine high or low? Should I get it set lower? I'd love for my guitar to be a bit easier to play.
You could look into Evo frets if you can live with the gold color. They are not as hard as stainless steel but much harder than traditional frets. The size, especially the height, also depends on the string gauge and how hard you press when fretting. These two factors impact the intonation quite a bit.
I use 12-53 but I actually change the 12 to a 14 (Joe Robinson suggested me to try it out and I love it, because I get a nice tone on the high E string even with a low action). Hope all is well Chris! Have a great day! Kind regards /E
@dpmcleod Hi there Dan!
Thanks for asking! I don't actually stretch my hands at all, but I do sometimes warm up playing a few exercises, or songs. Nowadays, having a family, two small kids, I sometimes don't find the time to pick up the guitar, so I take a day off from the guitar sometimes because of that. But I used to play at least 6 hours/day every day of the year Hope you have a great day Dan! Kind regards/E
I've tried different kinds of guitar strings on my nylon guitar. But they are all High tension strings. "Hannaback 815 SHT (super high tension), Savarez Super high tension, Knobloch ACTIVES Double silver High Tenstion and D'addario high tension.
The guitar I used on these vidoes is a Sandén Nylon string guitar.
It's 48 mm at the nut and 60 mm where the neck meets the body.
Hope this answers your questions!! Have a great day /Emil
I have 5 different acoustic guitars ranging from $100 to $1500. I'm not sure if there is any way to accurately place a quality to value ratio. However, my Fender acoustic ($900) sounds just as good as my $1500 Gibson. The main difference I'd place on it is playability. The Gibson seems to play significantly easier than all my other guitars. I'm no expert though! Hope this helps!
Your strings will definitely start to sound a little dull after a while. I really like Elixir strings for my acoustics. Polyweb or Nanoweb. Supposedly, the Nanoweb are designed to last longer. Good luck!
@Hudson_Dean Hey man! Great question! I think I can add something to this thread. I really love that Fingerstyle Guitar always is changing, and I discover new ways of playing all the time! If you look at the "Boom Chick" Chet Atkins Style, there's many players playing in this style - but there are some significant differences between say Merle Travis and Chets playing! Chet played the bass notes very articulated and usually have the same picking pattern for the right hand thumb. For instance, if he'd play a regular C chord in the open position, he'd play the A string first, then the D string, then the E string, and back to the D string. That's in 4/4. Merle on the other hand would kind of "strum" and strike several bass-notes at the same time using the thumb pick. Starting on the A string, and then kind of strum the D, G and even the B string at once, and then play the low E string and then strum those 3 strings again! Similar to Chet but still way different! There are so many things that I could add to this topic but for now I'll let someone else take over, and I'll be back!! Looking forward to reading more from you Hudson! Kind regards/Emil
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