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How to Adjust the Guitar Action
Playing the guitar successfully is something all of us want to achieve. The guitar is such a diversified and
happening instrument, that it automatically draws lots of people towards it. However, before actually
attempting to play the guitar you need to get acquainted with the basic instrument and its
functionalities. This will enable you to develop familiarity with it and play with ease. If your fingers feel
that sharp shooting pain every time you try your hands on the guitar, you definitely need to adjust the
guitar action. Without ironing out these problems you are never likely to be at ease with your
The “action” is actually adjusting the distance between the strings and the fretboard. The lower it is, the
lesser effort it takes to bring the string to the fretboard. Sometimes the strings of your instrument are a
little above the neck of your instrument, that causes the fingers to hurt. However, by adjusting the
action you not only set these things right, you also improve the feel and overall playability of your guitar.
Firstly you need to understand where to perform the adjustments. Each string on the guitar is equipped
with two threaded pegs which adjust the height of the string with respect to the bridge. The point of
connection of the string piece to the bridge is where the adjustment takes place. The height of the
strings ultimately has an impact on the music quality of the guitar.
Before you actually start adjusting your guitar, you need to have a clear concept of what you actually
want to do with the strings. Do you want to move the strings closer to the freeboard or move them
farther away from it?. Beginning with the first string, you need to start tightening the pegs if you want
the strings to move clos