String Height/Radius Question

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  1. jdelberta

    jdelberta Strat-Talk Member

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    I recently had.my J-45 professionally setup.The action was to high. The luthier lowered it.

    The now the high e and low e are both set at 2mm at the 12th fret. When I tune it a half step down, the bottom 2 notes(high e and b)seem to sound different now. Like a mettalic twang almost. There's no fret buzz.

    Is this normal?

    Next question, will a 14 radius saddle work for a 12 radius saddle? I'm a lefty so my choices are limited. Appreciate any input or experiences.
     
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  2. Stratoskater

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    The metallic twang is fret rattle. With the lower action and tuning down, which will reduce tension on the neck and therefore lower the relief, the string is vibrating against the frets. My Taylor does this when I tune down due to its low action, my Martin HD 28 does not but it’s action is a bit higher and it has 13’s vs. the 12’s on the Taylor.

    Also I would not use a saddle with a different radius than the board.
     
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  3. jdelberta

    jdelberta Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks for the info Stratoskater. I'll just have to leave it in standard e tuning.
     
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