Lower the action on an old Yamaha FG-75?

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Lower the action on an old Yamaha FG-75?

Post by buddingguitarist » May 6th, 2017, 6:14 am

Hi guys, I rescued a nice little old guitar that had basically sat in a closet for the last ~15 years. It sounds great with new strings, but the action is really high. :(

I'm just starting to learn all about guitars, and I heard a little about something called a truss rod that could be adjusted. At first it looked like my guitar didn't have a truss rod adjuster, but then I found what looks like an adjuster at the top of the neck.

Is that adjustment what needs to be done, or is there something I'm missing? If that's what I need, how do I know which way to turn it to make the correct adjustment?

Thanks!

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Re: Lower the action on an old Yamaha FG-75?

Post by Alan Green » May 6th, 2017, 10:57 am

Is the neck warped? Look along the sides to check.

If not, leave the truss rod alone.

Action is adjusted at the bridge.
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Re: Lower the action on an old Yamaha FG-75?

Post by supremesound » May 7th, 2017, 4:25 am

If your neck has a bow upward, you'll need to tighten the truss rod. That will bring your neck down, thus lowering your action. But that might not be enough. You may also need to address the high action at the saddle. If you are in any of the areas that we offer our COMPLETE Guitar Repair & Set-Up Clinic http://www.supremesoundstudio.com/compl ... t-up-clini, we show you the procedures and step by step instruction about doing a proper set-up. We teach the theory and technique of making your guitar play its best. If you can't make it to one of our classes, we also offer private Skype or FaceTime sessions.

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Re: Lower the action on an old Yamaha FG-75?

Post by buddingguitarist » May 9th, 2017, 3:34 pm

Thanks for the replies. The neck doesn't really look warped to me... (click the photo to see a large version)Image

I'm afraid it was left in the closet with the strings tight, and over time it just pulled the neck out of place. If so, I take it the truss rod won't really help me any. :(

@supremesound, how much is the charge for a Skype lesson?

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