8 years ago for a show I played, and now I will take part in this band again. This is for folk balkan music, with children choir, with flute, violin and a leader singer. However the guitar is a little stiff no matter I lowered the action all the way I could, by removing all shims under the saddle. The bridge saddle has integrated the pickup, looks like this :
so replacing the saddle and shaving it is not an option.
So, I want to ask, is shaving the top of the rosewood bridge the only option? Or maybe the bottom?
What I'd be worried about, if I were to take out the shim, is if there might be a chance of the wood's resonance causing the pickup to more strongly emphasize any body resonance. I mean, it might be there as a dampener for certain frequencies (or a large swath of them), as much as it's there for raising the saddle/pickup. That's just a thought, you might wanna investigate further around the web to see if anyone else has experienced any such problem....
Otherwise, I think the only thing to do, at the bridge end, is to take it off and sand off some material from the bottom. Depending on how low you need to go, and how much material is available, of course.
I'm not conversant with this axe, so I might be out of line here, but... I take it that you can't get the desired adjustment just with the truss rod, so the next step would be to try jacking the whole neck into a different alignment, vis-a-vis the body. Obviously this is in Luthier territory, and almost equally obviously, you are loathe to do such a thing until you've tried everything else. An intermediate course of action might be to simply remove the fretboard itself, and shim the end needed to get close to the action you desire, then glue everything back down. That's not trivial, but it might be easier than removing the entire neck from the body - strange, and usually undesirable, things happen when this is done.
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And BTW, I'm sure I'm not the only one here would appreciate seeing some videos of this band's performances.
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Hey thanx 'Gui! If it turns out anything good I'll try to post a vid. Everything is against us, the violinist got a weird callous on her left finger, the flute player (her husband) has back problems, the other flute player has gotten in a fight with almost all ladies of our small group, the children don't rehearse at all at home, and I got sick with flu 2 days before the event. But what's worse all of them work with written notes, and I am embarrassed to say that ... I cannot read notes. Lets see how the rehearsal goes tonight. After this, I'll take the guitar to the Cyn-approved Tech and see what he says.
Rehearsal went well, beyond expectations! The new singer young lady is very very good. Listening to the bootleg (all unplugged) I realized how weak the guitar sounds in comparison to the major vocalist, the violin and the flute. WTF? I strummed so hard that it started to buzz. Now I kinda realize why all the concern with not so low action on acoustics. + lower action will mean even less volume.... I think of bringing the electric with the amplifier and the boss me-25 in the "acoustic" emulation setting, but I am afraid that the rest of the ppl will get terrified. (I got some looks from the violin lady every time I played something "shreddy", she thinks I am gonna steal her glory, they have no idea what a guitarist can do , so I'll just pretend I am a rythm player for the moment ). Also I realize electric guitar compared to traditional instruments is like stealing a candy from a newborn baby. I dunno it kind of feels like cheating.
Hi Newey, there was a group of video shooters which as I learned worked for the (private) channel Ant1 (1=ena)->Antena, and they were supposed to play it on air the day before yesterday, in the evening news. Unfortunately they didn't make it before the news at 21:00 o'clock, so they were supposed to play it yesterday, but yesterday all the tv stations (yes the PRIVATE ones!!) were on pan-national strike, so I doubt they will ever play it. But I will ask the organizers if they have any idea of how can we get the video. The main event was for the celebration of St. Sava a great orthodox saint (for the northern balkans not greeks) who live around 1200 AD. We played with the children choir (where my two children sing), and the band was : - Violinist - Flute/tabor player - Lead Flute player who was just fantastic, the highlight - Lead singer who also sings in the church, also fantastic - me on acoustic (rythme) We played 4 songs along with the choir, based on balkan themes. Also there was a choir of a group of student. Their lead singer was very very good. I hadn't played any live for some decades, and I was not so comfortable neither with the genre nor with the acoustic, but I managed to finish the show with only one mistake, which I consider a major success!