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DavidE 05-29-2019 07:48 PM

Ukulele Action - Recommended String Height?
 
Just got a new tenor Ukulele today; a Lanikai MA-CET. A decent lower end uke with a decent Fishman pickup system and tuner. It has wider string spacing which they say is good for guitar players. I'm just starting to play a bit, so I didn't want to spend the big bucks yet.

The action seems on the high side at the 12th fret to me. My gauge says it's .090, 7/64ths or 3mm at the 12th using the three different scales on my action height tool.

What is a good string height at the 12th fret??

Thanks!

Bunnyf 05-30-2019 06:29 AM

obviously to each his own but generally, more than 3mm is high, 3mm is normal, and according to The Ukulele Store (HMS) 2.5 is most preferred and thatís what they do on their complete setup.

merlin666 05-30-2019 08:39 AM

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Originally Posted by Bunnyf (Post 6074008)
obviously to each his own but generally, more than 3mm is high, 3mm is normal, and according to The Ukulele Store (HMS) 2.5 is most preferred and thatís what they do on their complete setup.

Sounds reasonable, one of my ukes has about 1mm and that is WAY too low for vigorous playing, so I really need a new saddle and hope that intonation won't go out too much.

DavidE 05-30-2019 08:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Bunnyf (Post 6074008)
obviously to each his own but generally, more than 3mm is high, 3mm is normal, and according to The Ukulele Store (HMS) 2.5 is most preferred and thatís what they do on their complete setup.



My other tenor has 2.5mm and that feels right. Iíll do a bit of sanding.


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