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    Hello, RM1 owners!

    I just acquired a new-ish RM1 and I think the action needs to be addressed.

    I'm wondering if the action on the RM1 *should* be higher for some reason (because it's a resonator) than on your average all-wood mando? Or should the nut and bridge on a the RM1 be set up just like any other mando (for the players comfort/expectations)?

    Thanks in advance!

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    I also own a National RM1. Those are LOUD, so I think that comfort is the primary concern, not getting more downward pressure to increase volume. Any louder and no one will want to stand across from you in a jam circle.

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    Default Re: National RM1 String Action

    When I bought mine I had visions of playing searing slide mandolin so left my action a little higher. When I realized I was going to play it without a slide 99% of the time, I lowered my nut action considerably. I still can play slide if I want, but itís much more comfortable now. And, still loud as Hell...

    Also, these are designed, I believe, to eliminate excessive downward pressure on the biscuit to avoid damaging that apparatus, hence the pretty flat neck angle. (At least thatís what my luthier told me). Theyíre different, but I really like mine. Enjoy!
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    They seem to come from the factory set up for slide.

    Lower the action.

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    Default Re: National RM1 String Action

    I lowered my action slightly on mine and also put lighter gauge strings. It is a royal pain to re-string with that tailpiece though I love the look of the hardware on mine.
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    Default Re: National RM1 String Action

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Garber View Post
    I lowered my action slightly on mine and also put lighter gauge strings. It is a royal pain to re-string with that tailpiece though I love the look of the hardware on mine.
    I did much the same and I’d second the comment on the tailpiece. It’s a toss up as to which has the worst-to-restring tailpiece; the National or my Collings mandola.

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