My fretless pentabuzz is sharp when I play on the fret lines?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by benchpress11782, Apr 1, 2014.


  1. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782

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    Hello. Whenever I play on the fret lines of my pedulla pentabuzz it is sharp considerably. Do I need to adjust the trus rod? I took normal strings off and replaced with piccolo's. Thanks TB
  2. joebar

    joebar Supporting Member

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    you may be slightly off-
    if you play directly over the lines, you may be sharp.
    just fiddle around til you get the right spot.
    I have a pentabuzz as well
  3. lz4005

    lz4005

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    Intonate the bass.
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    that's what you fix by adjusting the intonation via the saddles.

    move the saddles back until the fret lines are mostly in tune the way you play them.
  5. Bobster

    Bobster

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    +1 on intonating the bass.
  6. benchpress11782

    benchpress11782

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    Ok thanks. I did it and it worked. Not too sure what I did, but it worked lol. I turned the screws at the end of the saddle clockwise. Until it was fairly close at fretted 12 position. High string I had to wind it almost all the way. Is it because the new string is soo thin now? From piccolo set, very thin. Thanks for your help, as always TB
  7. BritFunk

    BritFunk Supporting Member

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    http://www.garywillis.com/pages/bass/bassmanual/intonation.html

    Best of luck!

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    Kurt
  8. Selta

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    Are you putting the center of your finger on the line? If so, that might be the issue as well. Press your finger down so the leading edge of it is on the line instead.
  9. Webskipper

    Webskipper Supporting Member

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    +1 on intonation.

    My luthier noticed I hit just inside the line so he corrected for that when correcting the instrument. Kinda like keeping a foot off the plate and ready to run for home.
  10. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

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