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Bass Action...neck?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Jiro, Jan 14, 2005.


  1. Jiro

    Jiro

    Mar 15, 2004
    I picked up my bass today and it felt strange im not sure but i think my neck is bending forwards...Im not sure though maybe i just realized this and it was always bent. Bent cause the hieght of the strings are pretty high at the higher frets... Here are some pictures:
     

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  2. Jiro

    Jiro

    Mar 15, 2004
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  3. This is a question for the setup forum - I'm sure a mod will be along to move this for you shortly. Lots of information in that particular forum so do a quick search and you probably find a solution. It's going to either be neck angle, saddle height or neck relief.
     
  4. Rene

    Rene

    Mar 8, 2004
    Canada
    As I can see you need to ajust the truss rod and start using
    smaller gauge of strings because you will lose your neck.
    At what fret are the string that high?
    Rene
    20 years luthier experience
    www.royguitars.com
    :bassist: :help: :hyper:
     
  5. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    probably get more success with this in the setup forum. away we go...
     
  6. Jiro

    Jiro

    Mar 15, 2004
    The strings im using are D'addario XL Nickle round wound.
    .045, .065, .080, .100
    "Soft Gauge Long Scale EXL170"

    Im trying to get the to the nut and as it seems, the pickgaurd screws seemed to be stripped. Im not sure if "stripped" is the right term, so i will explain. When i turn the screws it doesnt comeout just keeps turning.... Some of the others, though, do come out.

    Also I broke one of the screws on the bridge trying to fine tune the intonition. What i mean is the top of the screw disinagrated. nothing i can turn it with now (too much rust)...
    I love this bass.
     
  7. Jiro

    Jiro

    Mar 15, 2004
    The Red circle means i the top of the screw is busted and i can't turn it....
     

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  8. Jiro

    Jiro

    Mar 15, 2004
    Also, I rest my bass like so... I hope this doesnt put stress on the neck...
     

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  9. Jiro

    Jiro

    Mar 15, 2004
    its at the 15th fret
     
  10. Rene

    Rene

    Mar 8, 2004
    Canada
    Can you post a clear picture of the entire neck so we can
    see where the strings on the neck are so high.
    That is the only way we can determin what is wrong with the
    neck. So we can answer your question
    Rene
    20 years experience as a luthier
     
  11. Jiro

    Jiro

    Mar 15, 2004
    This is the best i can do.
     

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  12. Jiro

    Jiro

    Mar 15, 2004
    String Hieght at fret 1 and 3
     

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  13. Jiro

    Jiro

    Mar 15, 2004
    string hieght on frets 5 and 7
     

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  14. Jiro

    Jiro

    Mar 15, 2004
    string hieght on frets 9 and 12
     

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  15. Jiro

    Jiro

    Mar 15, 2004
    string hieght on frets 15 and 17
     

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  16. Jiro

    Jiro

    Mar 15, 2004
    string hieght on fret 20
     

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  17. DubDubs

    DubDubs

    Aug 23, 2004
    Los Angeles
    the bass neck is supposed to bend forward a little. The amount of bend in your bass is above average. You can do a slight truss rod adjustment if you want to fix it. Read up on that in other threads.
     
  18. Press the string down to the first fret with your left hand, and to the final fret with your right elbow. You should then be able to touch the string to the 7th fret with the most gentle tap - the distance between the string and the 7th fret should be about the thickness of a business card.

    If it is more than that, you need to tighten your truss rod.
     
  19. Rene

    Rene

    Mar 8, 2004
    Canada
    Looking at your neck at the 20th fret, it seems that you have the wrong angle of your neck.
    To correct that what you do is very simple, you remove the neck and at the end of the neck slot you put a piece of playing card not wider than 3/8 of an inch.
    The height of the strings at the 20 th fret has to be no more than 3/4 to 1mm higher than the height of the strings at the 12th fret. Keep adding pieces of playing card until you reach the proper angle
    After the angle has been corrected then you set-up your neck. To check the relief of your neck you do what "Therealting" tell you to do.
    To do a proper set-up, you loosen all strings, adjust the truss rod so your neck is staight or a little back bowed retune the strings at 440 adjust the height of your strings this way:

    low B or E string= 3mm above the 12th fret
    A string= 2.5 to 3 mm above the 12 th fret
    D string= 2mm above the 12 th fret
    G string= 2 mm above the 12th fret
    If you are a slapper it is a bit higher.
    To raise the strings and do the intonation you will have to remove the rust from your bridge by spraying WD40 oil on it and let it sit for 24 hours so all screws will get loose and then wipe it with a soft rag
    Do all that if you trust me and post the result
    and i will tell you what's left to do to finish your set up
    Rene
    20 years experience in repair and making as a luthier