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so, i was wondering about action......

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by gregmon79, Jan 12, 2013.

  1. gregmon79

    gregmon79 effectsaholic Supporting Member

    Howdy all, I own, and primarily play, an ibanez ATK 300 series with a maple neck (that's the lighter wood right?) And for the most part I'm very happy with my bass but I'm wondering what the action should be set at to get the most out of the playability and tone out of this beast. Again, I know that it is all relative to what your tastes are but I just want suggestions as how to set it CORRECTLY and so I play smoothly.
  2. gregmon79

    gregmon79 effectsaholic Supporting Member

    Part of the reason I'm asking too is because I'm not getting the same note when I hit my 12th fret. Its a little sharp of the open note.
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  4. ddnidd1

    ddnidd1 Supporting Member

    Go to the Setup Sticky at the top of this forum. It will answer all your questions. The note being out of tune is due to incorrect intonation.
  5. gregmon79

    gregmon79 effectsaholic Supporting Member

    I see "sticky" but I can't seem to find it. If i search the forum through their search engine, will I find it then? Like by tying "intonation how to" or the like?
  6. JamesGoodall


    Aug 29, 2011
  7. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    Your problem is not action it's intonation. Action really is a personal preference. I like to be as low as possible without buzzing. A good friend of mine likes it much higher. It all comes down to what you like.
  8. ddnidd1

    ddnidd1 Supporting Member

    Go to the top of this forum and click on Sticky: ALL BASIC SETUP QUESTIONS ANSWERED HERE


    And here's a setup guide if you don't have a straightedge, etc. http://www.garywillis.com/pages/bass/bassmanual/setupmanual.html
  9. gregmon79

    gregmon79 effectsaholic Supporting Member

    Thanks a bunch all, great help.
  10. Rocky McD

    Rocky McD

    Jun 28, 2005
    San Antonio, Texas
    One of the advantages of doing your own setups is the ability to try many different actions to see what suits you best.

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