So my bass was playing perfect except I had a little fret buzz on the G and D string from maybe the 5th-12th fret. So I figured I needed to add a little relief to get rid of the buzzing since the string height didn't seem to be the problem. So I turned the truss-rod counterclockwise hoping to add more bow to the neck. After a bit every single string was buzzing a little so I decided I'd stop messing with it right there and just take it to a store. A week later I got my bass back- it was absolutely unplayable. The strings were so unbelievably high off the fretboard I might as well been playing an upright. When I went to try a few little slap lines I had massive amounts of trouble because the strings would barely smack against the fretboard to make the characteristic "slap". The saddle and bridge heights were set way way up- I'm gonna guess I had a solid half inch between the string and the 24th fret. The bass was dusty enough that I could tell where everything had been set before they worked on it...so I figured I'd start undoing what they had done by lowering the bridge and saddles. Every single note was completely dead at the original saddle height- there was no relief at all. I had heard about warwicks with reversed truss-rods in the past so I figured since "adding relief" added more buzz maybe I was going the wrong way. So over the course of a few days I've been going clockwise maybe 2.5 turns in total now. The bass is playable but with very bad fret buzz between the 1st and 12th frets. I bought a caliper to hopefully put the relief dilemma to rest once and for all. With the 1st and 24th fret pressed down the string touches the fret at the 7th fret. Its a 2001 warwick thumb bolt0on 5-string. I'm not going to take it to any other store ever again- I need to figure this out for myself so it can be done correctly. I need a way to KNOW which way the truss-rod needs to be turned to add relief. Why when I turned it counterclockwise to start did it begin buzzing MORE and on all strings? So I mostly need some tips on measurements I can make to know for sure if I am adding or decresing relief. Right now the string just touches so there is no measurable difference I can use to tell. I am completely unable to play my instrument- it has been two weeks now. I am getting desperate I just want someone who is able to setup a bass to please bail me out here. I paid to have it done and it completely backfired.