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Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Tony de la Nutria, Jul 12, 2000.

  1. Hi,

    I have a problem with the action of my Jazz-bass:
    The saddle of the G-string is adjusted at the lowest position as possible, but the action is still to high.The action of the other strings is o.k.
    I have intonated the G-string and to get it well intonated I had to move the saddle more backwards;The saddle of the G-string is closer to the bridge then the saddle of the D-string. I think this is strange because the saddles of all the basses I've seen, are ascending from the E-string till the G-string (G-string is at highest position from the bridge).
    I've also adjusted the trust-rod and the neck-tilt but without result.
    Can anyone give me some advice to fix this problem? (Is it possible that my neck is warped sidewards?)

  2. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member In Memoriam

    It is possible that your neck is warped, but without seeing the bass it's impossible to comment on this - you just need to look along the neck and see for yourself or get a professional to have a look.

    If you have already adjusted the truss rod to get less relief for a lower action, the only other thing I can think of, is that the slots in your nut are too high and that you could try filing these lower, with a needle file. You can see Jaco doing this at the beginning of his intsructional video.

    The main reason to do this normally, is becuase if they are set too high then it affects intonation; so maybe this will help with your other problem as well. I agree that G string should be the furthest forward and E string closest to the bridge.
  3. Chris A

    Chris A Chemo sucks! In Memoriam

    Feb 25, 2000
    Manchester NH
    Maybe you should get a professional opinion. A good set-up by a good repairman is always a good investment.

    Chris A. rolleyes.

    "I have all my own teeth!"--Jenn Scott Poulin
  4. eli

    eli Mad showoff 7-stringer and Wish lover Supporting Member

    Dec 12, 1999
    NW suburban Chicago
    Interesting question. How high is "too high"? Measure the distance from the top of the 12th fret to the bottom of your G string.

    Do you have the original bridge or a replacement?


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