Switching strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by catcauphonic, Dec 25, 2013.


  1. catcauphonic

    catcauphonic High Freak of the Low Frequencies Supporting Member

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    Seattle WA
    I've got a question regarding swapping out strings:

    Since they include free setups for life when you buy a bass thru them, I had BassNorthwest take the Black Beauties off & put some DR Flats on it. Since then I've swapped those flats for the GHS Precisions (at home, with ease), and soon I'll want to swap these for a set of GHS Boomers I have. My question is how much tweaking am I likely going to have to do regarding truss, saddles, etc when I make the switch to the Boomers from flats? I'm still learning about different string qualities and how to do my own setups. I could just as easily take it to BNW and probably watch while they do it for me. Thoughts?

    Bass is a Spector Forte-X. Flats 55-105, Boomers 45-105 mediums. And yes, I have watched & bookmarked several setup guides.
  2. unclebass

    unclebass

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    You can set up flats with much lower action than rounds, same with larger gauge strings vs. lighter gauges. You will likely have to raise the action a fair amount to prevent fret rattle, as well as readjusting intonation. Once you settle on a particular string for your bass, you will likely be able to replace strings with little to no adjustments necessary.
  3. JustForSport

    JustForSport

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    Nov 17, 2011
    If the Boomers require less tension- tensile msrm't, not flexibility, to reach pitch,
    you may need to back off the trussrod just a little to get a bit of relief.

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