New string tuning problem.
I have just put a set of D'Addario short scale 45-100 strings on my Epiphone Elite EB3 replacing the Elites 45-105 (no longer available) I've had on for a very long time as I have not been able to find a reasonably priced set of 45-105s.
My problem is although open tuning and intonation is ok they are off (sharp) over the first few frets, most noticable when playing octaves.
I put the old strings back on and they are ok.
My head is like a ball of chalk. What gives?
Sounds like you didn't set the witness points at the nut and bridge properly. Did you create a good break angle at these points?
The strings did look awkward coming over the nut giving a high action over the first few frets.
I have lowered the slots in the nut whilst also filing them to match the angle of the headstock which has cured the problem.
Getting .022" at 1st fret.
I hope you set the witness point at the nut before filing the slots down. If not, you may have ruined the nut.
You did intonate the bass after installing the new strings, right?
*Visually inspect the nut slots vacant and with the strings in place (tuned to pitch). They should sit comfortably in the "U" with no gaps, no binding, and following the contour towards the tuners. Scrap setting intonation...that comes later.
*Set witness points by pressing the string down firmly on the leading (fingerboard) aspect. This also applies to the bridge.
*Depress any string directly onto the 3rd fret. The gap between the string and 1st fret should be .003-.005" via feeler gauge.
Get back to us and we'll go from there. I'll make the fatal assumption that relief is set correctly.
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