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What is high action and low action?

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It's the height of the strings in relation to the fretboard and pickups; but really it's about the fretboard. The action is set on the bridge via the saddles.

It is commonly used to describe the playability of a guitar more than the literal definition. IE: high action=hard to play/low playability

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To summarise

low action is when the strings are nice and close to the fretboard so they're easy to push against the frets quickly, most people prefer it this way

Some people prefer the strings a little higher (high action) this is better for playing slide guitar and some people (J Mascis for example) just prefer playing with the stings a little higher off the fretboard

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