Premier Guitar - Bass Setup Article

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by MetroBass, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. MetroBass


    Mar 26, 2008
    South of LA
    Hatred obscures all distinctions.
  2. Moosehead1966

    Moosehead1966 Supporting Member

    Appreciated. Good article.

  3. 1bassleft


    Dec 21, 2012
    NW England
    If visual/physical learning s more your bag, John Carruthers has a nice 4-step Yootoob instructional. This links to part 1; truss rod and just go through the next three for bridge height, nut filing and intonation:
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  5. H3nchman


    Oct 28, 2012
    Do the measurements change for a 24 fret bass?
  6. AdamR


    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Endorsing Artist: VF Cables, Dirtbag Clothing
    those videos were great
  7. 1bassleft


    Dec 21, 2012
    NW England
    I have 21, 22 + 24 fretters. With the Carruthers videos, I personally don't get too hung up on the inch fractions. I just follow the steps in the same order, hold the string at 1st fret and body join (ca 15th) and use the mk 1 eyeball. Similarly for saddle height (nut filing is not my competence). Perhaps I'd get a better result with more diligence, but it's still a good improvement on practically every bass on arrival chez moi.
  8. bobsbarricades


    Feb 23, 2014 having some issues maybe you guys can help me solve?

    1) To clarify, if I have inconsistent frets that buzz, frets above the fretted note, that's what exactly?

    2) I've got an Ibanez GSR206 and the intonation is such that I can't adjust the bridge saddles far enough forward. The screw detaches from the saddle @_@

    3) The high C string's screw won't seem to on losening this guy up?

    I have a metal meter stick and it looks like there's a bit of relief in the neck. Or at least my understanding of it. There's a slight bow backwards from 3rd to 15th fret. I figure if I straighten this out I'll probably help the intonation problem, yea? I open up the plate to access the truss rod and see ther are TWO! Umm..I'm not the best at this thing so what do I need to know when adjust two truss's? It's lefty-losey to straighten out a bend like I describe correct? I need the headstock to pull back a bit...right?


    edit - bonus! The high c also seems to not get enough pressure from the string to stay down. I could raise the action but in all honesty I want to go lower...maybe I'm just bad at adjust it? I'm not a fan of these bridge types at all... any cheap string-through-body bridges out there?