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I've found that best action for me where I get the best mix of playability for my style and reduced string frett buzz on fretted strings is 4/64" on the high E side and 5/64" on the low E side. Most of my guitars are short scale with Gibson-style radius in the 12" range. I have PRS Mira that sits slightly lower than that but plays perfectly. The issue is my Fender Tele. It's a 2011 model with a 9.5" radius. It has probably a little more relief than the business card amount. Certainly more relief to it than my Gibsons. When I set it for the same action though, I get more string buzz particularly in the fretted points of open chords. I moved it up to 5/64" high side and 6/64" low side and it's a little better as far as fret buzz. Certainly playable. I'd love to get it down to my Gibson specs though. Is that realistic without a fret leveling? I can set height, inotation, pickup stuff, etc. all day but I fall apart when it comes to figuring out how to do the neck adjustments and what's right there. I don't think this neck needs adjusting unless getting it straighter means less buzz on lower action. The truss rod didn't move on the Tele when I tried. The truss rod on one of my Les Pauls moved just fine.