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  • tailsawaggin

    Member
    September 4, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    @jumpinjeff , I agree with this. If your guitar has a setup that’s unfriendly to you, it’s going to be a lot harder to play. Light strings help, but being light they also move a lot more, so if you’re a heavy-handed picker and strummer like so many beginners (looks at self), then you’re likely to get a lot of noise. It can work to your favor if you recognize it and it teaches you to lighten up, or it can work against you if you get frustrated and feel like you’re never going to be able to play, or it can go either way depending on the day (again, looks at self.)

    It can be worth taking the guitar to a good tech and having a setup done. Where I live there aren’t a lot of luthiers to be found, but there are some music schools and teachers who can do some basic setup and repair functions, and I can tell you a good setup makes a world of difference. I play my biggest guitar — the full scale-length dreadnought that I can really only play seated in a good solid chair with no arms on it, or standing with a strap — more than I play the little 12 fret short scale parlor guitar that I can cuddle up with anywhere, because the dread has much better action and it’s more comfortable for my fingers. My butt complains that the chair is hard, but the fretting hand keeps winning the argument.

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 8 months ago by  tailsawaggin.