Bad intonation fix?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Dragzole, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. So my intonation is bad. At the 24th fret of my B string, its nearly a C. How can I fix this?:help:
  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    *What method are using to set intonation?

    *Are you setting the witness points?

    *New strings? Conventional or taper core?

    *Nut slot properly cut? B string / 1st fret gap (not action)?


  3. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Don't play there.
  4. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Yea at the 24th fret????
  5. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    Get yourself a proper 21 fret (Fender) bass, and don't worry about it anymore.
  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    glibness aside, JLS has a point.

    at typical bass guitar scale lengths, the B string barely sounds good even in the normal range you'd play it; up at the 24th fret it just won't vibrate cleanly, it's too thick for such a short length of vibrating string.

    even the E string tends to not sound so good up there.
  7. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Question for the OP: how's the intonation up to the 12th fret? Spot-on or all over the place? Same questions apply (from my earlier post). Any break-downs in your set-up may very well goof up intonation in more critical areas; the 24th fret is of little concern but may indicate a chronic underlying problem.

  8. What i was saying is that the intonation is bad everywhere, so bad that by the time you get to the 24th fret its nearly a semitone difference.
  9. It sound like the bass needs to be intonated, regardless of the number of frets it has or whether or not the OP plays up there.

    Warmest regards,

    Captain Obvious
  10. BAce


    Jul 31, 2012
    I'll agree that the intonation on a big string doesn't need to be spot on at the 24th fret. But you have bad intonation further down towards the normal playing range. Your fretted note is too sharp, therefore the string is too short. Lengthen the overall length of the string by moving the saddle AWAY from the nut. Get the intonation good up to about the 7th fret or so. Good enough for a tow cable heavy enough to pull a light car out of the ditch that we call a B string.
  11. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA answer my questions in post #2 and we may be able to get you back on track.