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Recommended Neck Relief

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by jd_watt, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. jd_watt

    jd_watt

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    Hi everyone,

    I've been experimenting with a little more neck relief lately, and I was wondering what you recommended on an American P bass. I see Fender's manual suggests between .012 and .014, but that seems a little on the lower side.

    I'm actually up around .024. It's a little more challenging to play, but it feels more "solid" or "beefier".

    Any thoughts/suggestions/tips? Thanks for having a look!
  2. pfox14

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    I think .024 is too much. I use Fender's setup guide as the gospel.
  3. jd_watt

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    But if the intonation is fine, and it's playable, does it really harm anything... does it really help?
  4. lowstrung5

    lowstrung5 Supporting Member

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    Measurements are guides. If you like more or less relief, then so be it. Everyone has their preference that feels good and fits their playing technique. Pick, fingerstyle, slap......they all influence how we set up a bass. Every bass has its own sweetspot for relief and setup in general. Just realize the measurements are a good starting point for most players.
  5. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    Ouch! To each his own, I guess. It can play havoc with intonation but, again, it may be of no consequence. Personally, I'd drop the relief to .012-.014 and raise the string height at the bridge. This will add the "beef" you mentioned while retaining playability in the money-note area(s) of the fretboard.

    Riis
  6. jd_watt

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    Yeah, I didn't fully realize how exhausting that was going to be until band practice last night. It's great with my right hand (plucking/picking), but it's a little cumbersome to fret. Maybe I should try a little less with raised saddles as suggested. I'd like to find that perfect balance, ya know?
  7. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    I'm watching the Carolina / SF game with my Schack on my knee and a handful of hex keys so, yes, I know exactly what you mean.

    Riis
  8. jd_watt

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    Hahaha... Indeed!

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