Perfect Your Mandolin's Playability - Adjusting String Action Height with an Adjustable Bridge

mandolin setup youtube Dec 21, 2023

In today's video, we're diving into the essential skill of setting your mandolin's string action height using an adjustable bridge.

Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned player you want to fine-tune your instrument for optimal playability and tone.

String action height plays a crucial role in how comfortable your mandolin is to play and the quality of sound it produces. Learning how to make precise adjustments can greatly enhance your musical experience.

Magnus walks you through the entire process, step by step. We'll cover everything you need to know, from selecting the right tools to ensuring that your mandolin's action is just right for your playing style. Tools used is a string winder and a feeler gauge.

His preferred string action is 1,5 mm (approx 1/16 inch) on the bass side and slightly lower on the treble side. He will also give you the pro tip how to quickly ensure your action with your mandolin pick.

This guide helps you achieve the perfect balance between playability and sound quality. Whether you prefer a low and fast action for intricate melodies or a slightly higher action for a punchy, resonant tone, we've got you covered.

We explain how action height affects your mandolin's sound and feel, and how to make these adjustments with confidence. If you are uncomfortable setting up things like this yourself, knowing what a luthier is doing with your instrument is still interesting.


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