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question about bass set up

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Hagstrom allday, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. Hagstrom allday

    Hagstrom allday

    Mar 25, 2013
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    Hey everyone
    So I have a Hagstrom FXB220 and it is a 4 string bass. This is the bass i use live all the time, and since my band plays in half step down i never change the tuning for it as I have another bass for standard. So, it needs a set up, and i am wondering, when doing the set up, do i leave it tuned half step down, or do I do the set up with it in standard?
    Also, for the truss rod, my bass has an allenkey head on the headstock, and one where it joins the body. does it matter which is used for truss rod adjustments? this is important because the whoever owned it before me has stripped the adjustment head on the headstock. Thank you very much !
  2. Got2SadowskyNYC


    Dec 5, 2012
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    Artist: Sadowsky, Bag End, Visual Sound, Pedaltrain, George L
    IF you set it up with the tuning you use it will play better because the neck relief will be correct for the lower tension.
  3. rumblethump

    rumblethump Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
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    The allen key at the base of the neck is for neck tilt. Unless you cant adjust the bridge low enough, there is no need to fuss with the neck tilt.

    Go ahead and set it up tuned down. Adjust the truss rod on the headstock as close to straight as it will allow. Set intonation and your good to go
  4. bobdabilder


    Feb 5, 2013
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    So you are going to need to replace the nut on the trussrod?

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