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my new cigano gj-10

Hello everybody! i am new here on the forum.
I recently bought a used cigano gj-10 from a guy and i think its great.
But the problem is that i cant play it comfortly because his stringheight was so high.
I am going to have it lowered.

But up by the first frets up by the nut the strings allready seem to be very low so I wonder
if it is going to work to lower it.?
Somebody has put on to small ships of wood under each side of the bridge? a guess when
they adjusted it for higher action, is that normal?

I have a Furch a 17 40 cm archtop, its a great guitar i recomend it.

Hope somebody can give me some tips about adjusting the action on this thing

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  • Tele295Tele295 San Buenaventura (Latcho Drom), CA✭✭✭ Gitane DG300, D500
    Posts: 629
    Lowering the action was my initial thought when I first got a Selmac. A buddy of mine (from whom I bought the guitar) talked me out of it. He said, "Play it for a month. If you can get used to the higher action, you will appreciate the extra volume and clarity the guitar will give you, especially in a jam context."

    He was right. It took me a little bit to get used to it, but the sound of the higher action is so clean and pure.

    My advice to you: Try it for a month. Play the snot out of the guitar. You chops will be stronger, your tone richer, and volume louder. If it's still too high, tighten up the truss rod a little to remove some neck relief.
    Jill Martini Soiree - Gypsy Swing & Cocktail Jazz
    http://www.jillmartinisoiree.com
  • jokashjokash New
    Posts: 16
    Thank you
    I understand what you mean, but the action just seems to be to high,
    for example its about 5mm at the 12th fret, isnt that to much?

    I am passionate guitar player but a bad guitar tech.
    So all it takes is to screw the trussrod to adjust the height?
  • Tele295Tele295 San Buenaventura (Latcho Drom), CA✭✭✭ Gitane DG300, D500
    Posts: 629
    Yeah, 5 mm may be too high. One rule of thumb is to bring it down to about 3.5 mm at the 12th fret (generally the thickness of a Wegen GJ pick), which is still a pretty high action. By tightenting the truss rod, it should affect the action in the lower frets as much as the 12th fret. 1/4 to 1/2 clockwise turn at a time, then let the wood rest and adjust.

    Perhaps Josh will chime in here.
    Jill Martini Soiree - Gypsy Swing & Cocktail Jazz
    http://www.jillmartinisoiree.com
  • Argyle DaveArgyle Dave bellingham,WANew
    Posts: 45
    If I understand correctly, It sounds like you have shims under your bridge. I would remove those first. you may end up with the action being more to your liking. I keep mine at 3-3.5mm at the 12th fret. I would definitely try that before adjusting the truss rod.

    Dave
  • Frank WekenmannFrank Wekenmann Germany✭✭✭✭
    Posts: 79
    And be sure you meassure correctly from the top of the 12th fret to the bottom of the string (and not from the fretboard).
  • jokashjokash New
    Posts: 16
    Igot it fixed now.
    the action is perfect, I played for hours after fixing it.

    This is my first solid spruce top guitar and I love it. :D
    I
  • Argyle DaveArgyle Dave bellingham,WANew
    Posts: 45
    I'm happy to hear that you fixed your guitar to your liking but I can't help but wonder what the solution was?.

    Dave
  • jokashjokash New
    Posts: 16
    I just removed one of the pieces of wood under each side of the bridge,
    Is it called shims? i dont now.

    I prefer a bridge like i have on my archtop in which a can turn the wheels and
    adjust the action that way.
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