I have a question regarding my old beater, a green El Degas that I think I payed $300cdn for in 1995. Obviously there is nearly no financial value to it, but
a) I learned to play on it
b) I've done a heap of work on it (replaced the bridge/nut with hand-made bone ones, fixed a crack in the heel block, replaced the tuners, added an undersaddle pickup etc).
The action has always been terrible (even before I added the pick-up and replaced the bride/nut, I basically replicated them), so I finally decided to do something about it. I've never done a set-up, but thought I would give it a whirl.
The relief is fine, I used the capo on the 1st and fretted the 14th, and a playing card actually slightly lifted the G at the 8th. So I think that's fine, right?
I've attached a pic of the current action at the 14th, with a Canadian penny as a size reference, they're about the same size as an American penny (all my tools are at my Mum's).
I've already adjusted the height of the nut and saddle, but the problem now is, there is basically no break-angle for both the E strings, and very little for the B. (See pics) There is no sound difference that I've noticed, but still.
My question is, should I just leave the action as is (better, but still not stellar)? If so, should I cut channels in the bridge, to increase the break-angle, as per the tutorial on frets.com? Or should I remove height from the bridge, to allow for a lower saddle, and also increase break angle? I realize this is a much bigger operation. I would assume I would just take my time using a sanding block and some 150, leaving the bridge stuck on the guitar. (I suppose I could remove the bridge, and remove the mass from the back too. But I think that's beyond me). The bridge is rosewood, by the way, not that I think that matters (yes, I know to wear breathing protection if I'm sanding that).
Thanks in advance for the advice,