Re: Action vs. Sound: The Trade Off?
There's not really much trade off. I think you will get WAY better tone with a low action playing cleanly rather than playing less clean due to higher action. Even if it is louder, it won't make that big of a difference. I have even heard of some cases of mandolins getting louder when the action was lowered, the top was getting choked off by the tension or something.
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