A novice writes....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by carlos_07, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. carlos_07

    carlos_07 Guest

    Nov 16, 2005
    Manchester (U.K.)
    K, I've been a guitarist for 5 years but I recently (6 months ago) decided I wanna learn bass to add to my C.V. as a session musician.

    But I might've made a mistake. I bought an Epiphone EB-0 and to be honist it doesn't play that well. I bought it because it was guitar size, cheap (I'm a student) and lightweight. However it busses a lot, are the string suposed to touch the fretboard? 'coz mine don't no matter how hard I try.
    I'v tried adjusting the action but that just makes it worse.

    Any suggestions what I should do?
    Or should I just sell up and buy a better model? :bawl:
  2. txbasschik

    txbasschik Guest

    Nov 11, 2005
    Leander, Texas
    I would take the bass to your local music store/repair shop, and get them to check it out for you. It may be that the truss rod needs adjusting. You know...get it set up right, for you.

    I'm fixing to do that with my Ibanez GSR190. Bought it for $80 from a kid who didn't play it much, and who ate beans over it...had bean juice in the pickups! The action is too high, and I would like to have it set up right, rather than mess with it myself. I also have an Austin 5-string that I picked up cheap, that the strings just lay on the frets no matter what I do.

    It'd pay us, to spend the $$ to get the instruments set up right. Even an inexpensive instrument can sound good for a long time, if set up properly.

    Good luck!
  3. Discgraham

    Discgraham Guest

    Jul 6, 2004
    Bellingham, WA
  4. bassguitar

    bassguitar Guest

    Apr 25, 2005
    T-Dizzle fo shizzle
    You better hope it's bean juice.

  5. carlos_07

    carlos_07 Guest

    Nov 16, 2005
    Manchester (U.K.)
    No I'm pretty sure the truss rod's cool, I know about the warping coz it's happened on a few of my guitars.

    I just find it really odd that your finger doesn't actually touch the fretboard?!?!?!?!?!? It freaks me out. :eek:
  6. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I think he means teh string actually touching the fretboard, not the frets., which it shouldnt. Thats normal.
  7. carlos_07

    carlos_07 Guest

    Nov 16, 2005
    Manchester (U.K.)
    Oh, cool man. Just as long as I know I'm normal then that's ok!
  8. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Well i said your bass is normal, didnt say you were.