inwhitelights (inwhitelights) wrote in guitargeeks,

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Lowering the Action, etc.

I'd like to get the action lowered on my Martin 000C-16GTE Premium. It sounds wimpy, but it's a beast to play and always has been (Is that a common complaint among Martins?). I had considered sellling it, but if I can get this fixed I'd really like to keep it.

1. I was told I could achieve this by having the nut and/or bridge piece filed down by a luthier. Is this true, and about how much would it cost?
2. I also need a new nut on my 1972 Harmony acoustic. The plastic nut that it currently has is off center by about a quarter of an inch (it's sticking out on one side). How much would this cost and should I ask for a nut of a specific material above another?

Also, I'm selling my 2005 '72 Telecaster Deluxe w/ case on e-bay if anyone is interested:
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YOu can have the both the nut and the bridge lowered by any competent guitar shop that does setups...

If the neck has the correct relief, and the nut is close, you can remove the piece of corian from the bridge and carefully sand it down on a piece of flat sandpaper. The bottom of the insert is flat and that's what you want to sand down, the top is radiused and you want to leave that alone.

Martin's are always set up a bit high and that is what gives them their tone and projection. If you lower the action anything significant you will alter the tone and honestly if you lower it to what most "guitar players" think is "great action" all it will do is buzz.
Thank you. That's a good point. I'm looking to get around the same action as my old Harmony but I have had major problems with buzzing with another guitar so I'll have to be careful not to go too far.