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Last night at rehearsal I had a conversation with the bass player that went something like this:

Him: "This bass has really high action. The strings are almost touching the frets."

Me: "You mean low action."

Him: "No, that's tension. Action is how the string vibrates."

Me: "Wrong."

Him: "Talk to people who build guitars."

Me: "I do every day."

So to set the record straight, A. is 'action' the height of the strings from the fretboard or the vibration pattern of a plucked string? B. Am I losing my mind? C. Does B. have anything to do with A.?

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Last night at rehearsal I had a conversation with the bass player that went something like this:

Him: "This bass has really high action. The strings are almost touching the frets."

Me: "You mean low action."

Him: "No, that's tension. Action is how the string vibrates."

Me: "Wrong."

Him: "Talk to people who build guitars."

Me: "I do every day."

So to set the record straight, A. is 'action' the height of the strings from the fretboard or the vibration pattern of a plucked string? B. Am I losing my mind? C.  Does B. have anything to do with A.?

action meen the hight of the strings if it has a high action the strings are way off the fretbord but if it has a low action there nearly touching the fretbord

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when did we start listening to what a bass player had to say? :D

(duckin' and runnin' boss. duckin' and runnin')

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Last night at rehearsal I had a conversation with the bass player that went something like this:

Him: "This bass has really high action. The strings are almost touching the frets."

Me: "You mean low action."

Him: "No, that's tension. Action is how the string vibrates."

Me: "Wrong."

Him: "Talk to people who build guitars."

Me: "I do every day."

So to set the record straight, A. is 'action' the height of the strings from the fretboard or the vibration pattern of a plucked string? B. Am I losing my mind? C.  Does B. have anything to do with A.?

he's 100% backwards

action is height, tension is the strings ability (or not) to vibrate

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