Stiff action on Faith

sawyersawyer Frets: 156
So bought a gorgeous gloss Faith Venus last year. Feels 'stiff' in first position. C chord in paticular. I'be lowered the bridge a bit which made it better, but my old Tanglewood plays better. Nut clearance looks ok when I hold down 3rd fret. Been in touch with local luthier who quoted me £70 for setup including fret dress. Does that sound about right? I've not the confidence to start messing with nuts and frets ha
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  • The price sounds ok but stiff action near the nut is still usually caused by the nut being too high.

    Is there an actual issue with the frets? It might not need a fret dress if it’s just high nut slots.

    Are there any other obvious differences between the guitars such as scale length or string gauge?

    If you compare the nut clearance is the Tanglewood lower (this is my guess).
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  • sawyersawyer Frets: 156
    It' hard to see,my eyes aren't the best. Got light strings on it.£70 sounds ok? I'l have to get it done. Sounds beauiful but doesn't play as fluid as I'd like. I've got to sort of think about aiming for chords rather than just playing them if you know what i mean.
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  • FuengiFuengi Frets: 513
    I had a Crafter like that, beautiful guitar but really stiff playing open chords. I moved it on but wish now I'd taken it in for a set up. 

    Can you take it along and explain the problem to the luthier to see how confident they are they can resolve it?
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  • ICBMICBM Frets: 30913
    If it feels stiff in the low positions it's either the nut or the relief - there can be quite a 'turn up' towards the end of the fingerboard sometimes.

    Are you sure the nut is low enough? When fretting at the third fret, there should be less than a quarter of the string diameter between the string and the first fret, preferably even less - around a tenth if possible, especially on the low strings. (About .001" to .005" as you go from high E to low E, if you're measuring it.)
    "Take these three items, some WD-40, a vise grip, and a roll of duct tape. Any man worth his salt can fix almost any problem with this stuff alone."
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  • sawyersawyer Frets: 156
    It's setup time isn't ha. 
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