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soundpost positioning with strings under a light tension

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by riimodar, Feb 22, 2014.

  1. riimodar

    riimodar

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    When positioning the soundpost, do you take the strings completely off, or do you keep strings under a very light tension?

    I used to take them off, but recently I started to keep E and A on. I tune them down so that they can barely produce a tone. This leads to a looser post fit, I am not still decided if the sound benefits from this.

    I have never seen a luthier doing this under tension except Chuck Traeger mentioned this in the book. Anyone else doing this?
  2. bassist1962

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    Light tension.

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