So after a wonderful set up and a little bit of filing the base of my locknut i have got my action height really low with no fretbuzz.
There is a trade off though, in fact there's two.
The low action is causing string rattle when i pick hard.
The low action is causing my tremolo to 'Zing-Out' when i go anything over a tone upwards with it.
So what's more important to people as they read this then?
Ultra low, easy action or upwards tremolo and strings you can hit hard?
Should i leave it low to train myself not to hit the strings too hard or is there not much merit in that?
Height at the 1st fret is 0.2mm and the 12th fret is 0.6mm. The rattle only really starts when you hit a note hard above the 5th or 6th fret so it's more down to bridge height adjustment than anything but i can afford a small tweak in the truss rod if needed.
I'm cool with doing all of this work, I just wondered who'd had the same issue and what did you do about it, which way did you go?
I really like and use the tremolo upwards, do many others ?
What do you say Rocka?
(I tried to find an emoticon with a little bloke and an angle grinder but it looks like there isn't one).
Training yourself to hit the strings less hard sounds like a terrible idea for a metal guitarist. Not only because metal rhythms sound best if you have a hammer of a right hand, but also because you lose a lot of dynamics if you cant vary the picking attack from soft to hard.