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Bass newbie

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by craigh9, Sep 27, 2009.

  1. craigh9


    Sep 27, 2009
    Hi, I just got my first bass. A Hofner 500/1 Vintage '62 & has a problem I just can't figure out. I'm thinking guitar & the thinner strings. The E & A strings are very muddy & the D & G sound fine. Is it simply strings or needs a neck adjustment?

  2. becker4567


    Jul 26, 2008
    First off, you picked a classic, great looking bass, but one that is a bit awkward to play. I have had one for years, and every time I play it, I get more respect for Sir Paul. Second, violin basses are quite often strung with LaBella 'Deep Talk'n' flats, which were a fav of Pauls, but can sound pretty muddy, especially the E & A. If you get no fret buzz, then the neck is probably ok. If you get new strings, remember that it is a 32" neck, not 30" like most 'short scale' basses, so alot of short scale strings are too short.

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