action adjusting

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Oric, Mar 26, 2008.


  1. Oric

    Oric

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    To start, I've read the stickies and know full well how to adjust action and the trussrod.

    With that out of the way- I'm trying to decide whether I really want to adjust my action and trussrod. I've got really high action- using the CD test, I can pretty easily slip four CDs above the twelfth fret. I love the high action, there's never buzzing problems, it makes my hands really strong, and the tone is just great like that. But I picked up a P-bass with much lower action recently, and I was just amazed at how easy it was to play. Things I have trouble doing on my bass were nothing on this one- I could two-hand tap any pattern I wanted.

    So I'm trying to decide whether I really want to change it or not- I'm of the opinion that if I can't play something easily with my action, I'm not trying hard enough- upright bassists have a lot more to deal with as far as that goes.

    Any opinions?

    (also, exactly what size Allen wrench would I need for a MIM Jazz Bass? I've adjusted it before, but I can't remember which one to use- I've got several full sets of them...)
     
  2. waynobass

    waynobass Supporting Member

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    Lower it. Playing should not feel like a physical workout for your fretting hand.
     

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