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Getting the lowest action possible?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by AzzaTheBassist, Apr 11, 2014.


  1. Hey,

    I recently bought a Spector Legend 5 Custom bass, and I've been trying to set it up properly over the last few days. Due to the styles I play (Extreme metal, jazz and funk) I've come to the conclusion that trying to get the action as low as I can, while still having all the notes able to ring, is my best bet. I don't mind the clanky sound you get from having the strings hit the frets, but I'd like to avoid buzzing if at all possible. Any ideas on how I would go about this? Thanks!
     
  2. staindbass

    staindbass Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2008
    hi. i play the same bass as you do. for low action, the neck has to be pretty flat. on the b string, put your left hand finger on the first fret, not between, as if you are playing, directly on the fret. (we are going to use the string as a straightedge) then, take the thumb of your right hand, and put it on the fret where the neck joins the body and hold both there. now take your index finger of the right hand and reach toward the 12fret, still holding that string down with the thumb, and tap the string down towards the fret with the index finger, sensing how much space is between the string and the fret. for a flat neck, you want very little space, maybe the thickness of a guitar pick. if its too close (flat) it will buzz too much. once you have the neck truss rod adjusted, lower your bridge saddles a half turn at a time and tune up and see if it buzzes. once it starts buzzing, go back up a 1/2 turn and thats about as low as it will go.
     
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  4. ddnidd1

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  5. BobaFret

    BobaFret

    Jan 22, 2008
    something more rigid like DR Low-Riders (hex core) can be helpful getting super low action.
     
  6. Alright

    I adjusted the truss rod, bridge saddles and set the intonation to where I'm happy with it.
    Everything's good, except when I play my B string , I get a weird sort of piano-y chorus-y harmonic type sound.

    Any ideas?
     
  7. Bobster

    Bobster

    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Set a witness point on the bridge side of the nut. In other words, press down hard on each string on the first fret, as close to the nut as possible.

    Then re-tune/re-intonate as needed.

    That will but a better bend in the string.

    All the best,

    Bob
     
  8. fjbass78

    fjbass78

    Jun 21, 2007
    Indiana
    Alright

    I adjusted the truss rod, bridge saddles and set the intonation to where I'm happy with it.
    Everything's good, except when I play my B string , I get a weird sort of piano-y chorus-y harmonic type sound.

    Any ideas?

    maybe you need to lower the Pickup on the B string side.
     
  9. I'm probably not doing it right, but that didn't work.

    I don't think so, because I hear it unplugged too.
     
  10. OldDirtyBassist

    OldDirtyBassist

    Mar 13, 2014
    I like how Billy Sheehan does fret leveling. He's got a vid about it online.
     
  11. Turnaround

    Turnaround

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Disclosures:
    Bass Technician, Club Bass - Toronto
    If the pickups are too close you can get a chorus effect. You will hear it unplugged too - it's the magnets affecting the vibration of the string.
     
  12. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike Supporting Member

    May 27, 2011
    It's possible the string is twisted.
    Loosen it at the tuning key until it's loose enough for the ball end to rotate freely (i.e. untwist) at the tailpiece.
    Retune and see if it's not better.
     
  13. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    listen to turnaround
     



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