|unclebass ||09-01-2013 09:34 PM |
Not sure if this should be posted here or in setup and repair. I have noticed that when I first install a new set of strings, I have to raise the action higher than the previous strings, but after a week or two, I can come back and lower the action considerably. I recently installed a set of 30-90 with 125 B on my 5er, which had 45-125 set on it before. When I couldn't get the action as low as before, I thought it was because of the lower tension from much smaller strings. I played it minimally, and after 2 weeks I was able to reduce the action by about 40%. I was able to do the same with my 4 string. Is it just me, or has anyone else had this experience?
|beobass ||09-02-2013 08:50 AM |
The best place to post this is on the setup forum.... but I'll bet your neck is going out then settling back down. The neck with flatten will no tension and will have more of a tendency to remain that way taking longer to relieve. Try changing one string at a time and bring each string up to tune as you go. This will keep then tension constant and not allow the neck to flatten.
|iiipopes ||09-02-2013 09:03 AM |
I'm not so sure it is the neck, especially if it is the same brand, model and gauge of string. It is simply a function of the core not being totally stretched out, and the windings seated down, and there is a hair more string excursion. I will opine that it appears that the OP has really, really, low action, because it has only rarely happened to me, and usually on the G string, which I have a little lower and a little less relief, than the E string, which I have a little higher anyway, and a little more relief on that side of the neck. New strings do tend to just rattle and clank a little more.
|Floyd Eye ||09-02-2013 09:05 AM |
It could easily be the neck depending on the bass and whether or not the OP is removing all of the strings at once.
|unclebass ||09-02-2013 02:28 PM |
On the 5 string, I did remove all strings. I needed to clean the fretboard and check the ground connection under the bridge. But on my 4 string I only replaced one string at a time. 5 string is MIM Fender and 4 is Squier standard, both are jazz bass.
I had the same experience with the first set of strings I put on the 5er as well as a 4 string jazz that I restrung for our church. I have not had the chance to readjust action on the church bass, but in all cases, all settings were adjusted to specs per Fender website. I find those settings very high compared to my preferred settings. I have been trying to learn to play with a light touch so I can get strings as close to fretboard as possible. I am able to play much faster than with heavy attack.
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