So I bought my first gypsy guitar about 9 months ago - a maple 250M.... loud, brash a little ringing which I learned to control by muting, or use for effect pretty quickly. In short - I LOVED this guitar and I have been playing 50 years and have three Gibsons (175, SG and J-45)…. the setup was magnificent. I had to move to the east coast and could only take a few guitars.... I sold the 250M. BIG MISTAKE.
I found another on Ebay, 2005, with a hairline crack from the pickguard being put on when the humidity had swelled the guitar quite a bit, and when the humidity dropped, the pick guard pulled the wood outside of its area. It was removed by previous owner. No problem, the thing sounds great, and I can live with that.
The neck had quite a bow to it, I adjusted the truss rod to flatten it out - pretty close. The Bridge is the issue. It has one of those old Gitane railroad tie bridges and it has the E string (both sides) at 5+ mm above the 12th fret.
Given my arthritic and painful trapezium (end of thumb bone), I need to get the action down to around 3mm on the low E and 2.4mm on the high E. As it is now, the arpeggios die out on the way up the scale as the string distance increases and my hand doesn't have enough strength anymore to compensate for such high action.
I saw some advice on this forum about lowering action by filing the top of the bridge. My question is, is that too deep a cut to be making on the string slots? I want to be sure I don't sink the string into the slot too deep that it affects it... I understand the slot should be about half a string height. So I guess that means a wide channel groove to achieve those dynamics. Seems like it could be a little sketchy.
Question: Should I attempt this or try a different bridge... I am unsure about bridge shopping. Height, brand etc. Any suggestions. This guitar will have to do until spring when I can look at something European. ($$$). But I know the 250M can be set up right because I had one that played like an SG and still was ripping loud!