Originally Posted by jdwhitak
I have a really light touch when playing and I like a low action with a neck that is almost dead straight. Maybe at most .009" of relief.
Anyways, years ago I read a guitar repair book by Dan Erlewine. In the section about necks he said that many necks have what he called secondary relief from about the twelfth fret up. He said that this secondary relief caused buzzing in the higher frets. That the ideal situation is for the fretboard to be dead flat from the twelfth fret up or a fallaway where there is more and more space between the top of the fret and the bottom of the string.
I guess my question to everyone is does this apply to bass? I'm thinking Elrlewine's idea really only applies to guitars.
It absolutely can apply to bass too. I have a Custom made bass which have a slight fallaway from fret 18 to 24, (on the actual fretboard, not the frets) and i can acheve a ridiculous low action, and still have a good playability at higher frets, it doesn't sacrifice string height as we can imagine! but this has to be done well