I've had this Gibson RD standard bass for quite a while. It is a vintage bass and I'm currently trying to bring it back into shape. I've managed to fix all the major issues that it had when I got it, but now I'm focused on getting it all the way there. I'm facing a few issues I've not dealt with before and would like any input you all might have.
I'm just trying to get it set up to my liking. I'm used to a my P bass. It gives me plenty of room with the action and I get to put some force into it. I took this to have a pro set it up and it just isn't working for me. He set the action very low so there was lots of fret buzz if I played too heavily. This also might have had something to do with the string tension being too loose. The strings on this bass are supposed to go though the body. This requires a long scale because standard strings are not long enough. Here's my starter questions to get the ball rolling. There are pictures below. She is a beauty! Really one of my favorite body styles of all time.
1. The frets are very not very high. I've heard that Gibson is famous for this feature. Is that true? Are there any special set up considerations for accommodating low frets?
2. I have no clue what to do with this bridge (see pictures). My issues with my last setup made me think I wanted to bring the action up a little. Then the bridge lifted off the body! Am I going about this the wrong way? It really looked like my only option for raising up the strings.
3. Any good string suggestions for this situation? Something that will give me plenty of tension with this long of a scale?
Thanks ahead of time for the help. Any insight would be great. Although I love the RD, I know very little about it.