I need some Foo help. My guitar is killing my hand because the action is so high it makes my fingers cramp, but there's surprisingly little detailed information online about doing it. It doesn't seem like it should be difficult, but I want to make sure I'm not missing anything. Has anybody done this before?
First of all, the bridge is really high, and what info I did find suggested it would be wiser to sand a little bit off the bottom of the bridge saddle before notching the top. This would, of course, mean removing all the strings, which is supposed to be a no-no since it completely unloads the neck. Should I really worry about that for one adjustment on a cheap Yamaha? It looks like this one does have a truss rod supporting it. Do I do the entire adjust here by sanding, or is notching ok?
The nut needs less adjustment and is already notched. I think it's glued on anyways, so I doubt I will be removing it. One source of info I found said the notches need to be the right size and shape or else the string will either bind during tuning or buzz. However, it gave no information about what this magical geometry was. The present notches appear to be round-bottomed and maybe a paper's width wider than the strings. Does that sound right?
Any other advice?
Thank you, oh wise Foo.