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    Hello all! What do you feel would be a reasonable action range for a Greek Bouzouki at the 12th fret?

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    Default Re: Greek Bouzouki Action

    My OM has about 2.5mm with a 20" scale, sorry for the mixed units!

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    So you should be. Everyone else in the UK seems to use football pitches and double decker busses nowadays

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    Default Re: Greek Bouzouki Action

    For Ray(T)'s benefit the action is 0.00137 fathoms with a scale length of 0.025 chains (1 chain is about a wicket in length) and I paid 23,340 groats for it.

    Hope that's clearer

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    Default Re: Greek Bouzouki Action

    I would tend to use "ideal" acoustic guitar setup as a starting point - so 2mm on the bottom strings down to maybe 1.5mm on the top. But... if it's lightly strung compared to a guitar (and I think it will be), then you'll need to go up on that, so 2.5mm is probably a good initial target. If you have buzzing, remember that the 2 strings in the pair can bash into each other as well as hit the frets, so you need to be able to differentiate between the two in order to debug a buzz. HTH, John.

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    Low! Most Greek players want the action very low for speed.

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    What is low?

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    Default Re: Greek Bouzouki Action

    Quote Originally Posted by Ntone View Post
    What is low?
    Low could be different for individual instruments & different playing styles, scale length, string spacing & string tension.
    Low is as low as you can manage without buzzing...
    As has been mentioned - 2.5mm is a good starting point.
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    Default Re: Greek Bouzouki Action

    Quote Originally Posted by fox View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ntone View Post
    What is low?
    Low could be different for individual instruments & different playing styles, scale length, string spacing & string tension.
    Low is as low as you can manage without buzzing...
    As has been mentioned - 2.5mm is a good starting point.
    That's a good place to start.
    Last edited by MikeEdgerton; Feb-12-2018 at 9:13am. Reason: Fixed quote syntax

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    I'm currently at about 2.3 mm.

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    Any others have thoughts?

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