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My mandolins action is way to high for me. any tips for adjusting the action at home? Does the bridge need to be cut down to a lower hight? i can't tell if there is a truss rod in the neck or not. IF i need to trim down the hight of the bridge, whats the best way to do it on a ebony bridge?
I strongly suggest you find a good honest mandolin repair man to do it, not that you maybe couldn't do it yourself but from what you said here I know they could help you with that little problem of yours.
are there thumbwheels? you can try turning them gradually clockwise to lower action. little at a time. maybe tune down a bit too.
More information here would be helpful. What sort of mandolin are we talking about? F5? Bowlback? Do you have a ruler with which you can measure the distance between the top of the 12th fret and the bottom of the strings? The severity of the problem might effect your remedy.
Definitely would help to know what kind of mandolin and model you are talking about.
Until then, we are only guessing.
Also, is this a recent change or something a long time in the making? Is the connection between the body and neck good?
The best thing for you to do, no matter what type of mando, is go to a good luthier/repairman. It's too risky trying to do these kind of things at home. When I bought my F5G, the action was insanely high on it and I took to the best repair shop in the area. They adjusted the truss rod, adjusted the bridge placement and height, and reshaped the bottom of the bridge to fit the shape of the mando's top better all for about $35. Now it plays like a dream and sounds better too. I'd definitely take it to a qualified luthier/repairman. Good luck!