May 03, 2022

Martin Road Series Acoustic Guitar With High Action

In this blog we will be adjusting the string action on this Martin Road Series acoustic. The customer dropped it off because the guitar does not play well, or stay in tune.

When the strings are too far away from the fretboard, the guitar is hard to play and will usually sound out of tune as fret notes are pulled sharp by having to press them so far.  With some adjustments, we will make it play much better!

Martin Road Series High String Action

The strings are very far away from the fretboard. The neck has a very pronounced bow that is causing most of the issues as this much string relief is not needed for buzz free notes.

Martin Guitar Saddle

The saddle is also a little too tall, so later we will be taking this down a bit too.

Test Playing A Martin Road Series Acoustic Guitar

First I need to test play it before doing any adjustments.

Adjusting the truss rod on a Martin Road Series acoustic guitar

Here I am tightening the truss rod to remove the excessive string relief.

Sighting the neck

Once I've made an adjustment, I will sight down the neck and see how it's settled.

Looking at a Martin Road Series Neck

Looking at a Martin Road Series Neck

Everything's looking good so far!

Measuring string gauge on acoustic guitar

Measuring string gauge on acoustic guitar

Here I'm verifying what gauge of string is on the guitar.

Adjusting the truss rod on a Martin acoustic guitar

One more adjustment to the truss rod and that part will be done!

Martin Guitar Saddle

Next step is to remove the saddle and lower it.

Measuring the saddle

Here I'm marking the bottom of the saddle with pencil. This will allow me to visualize how much I sanded off.

Lowering the saddle

Time to put the saddle on the sander!

Daddario EJ16 Acoustic Guitar Strings

On this guitar we'll be using D'addario EJ16 strings. These are great string set that is widely used on acoustics.

Restringing a Martin Acoustic Guitar

Time to string it!

String an acoustic guitar

Restring a Martin Guitar

Let's wind it up!

Sighting a guitar neck

One last look at the neck. Everything looks great!

The string action is much lower!

Playing a Martin Road Series acoustic guitar

Final step is to tune it up and give it a test play! After all the adjustment were made, this guitar plays very nice. The tone is much better as well. A properly adjusted guitar is essential to enjoying your instrument!

 

 



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