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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by psi, Jun 8, 2005.
I had my Stingray at 1/32" at the 12th for a while. Very low, made tapping extraoardinarily easy.
I keep my MIA Fender J deluxe extremely low , I love it theres a little bit clicking sound from it but nothing to bad and its also great for slaping
i played a status stealth last year. that had the lowest action without any fret buzz AT ALL i have ever come across!!! silky smooth neck too... i love carbon fibre
Ritters are freaking low for a fretted bass. That PLEK fret stuff really works.
My MIA deluxe P has a pretty low action for a fender. I love it.
Dont dingwalls come with mandolin/banjo frets?
I find that my JazzBass can have a very low action and no fretbuzz, but once the strings get old and floppy, theres always the need for another setup. it'll buzz all over the place.
but thats normal.
nothing beats the action on my fretless though. lol.
The lowest action I've seen were on Ken Smith, Modulus, and Zon basses. I've got my Sadowsky action set very low also.
Do you have opinion or experience on the PLEK treatment (http://www.plek.com)? My Ritter 4-string bass was PLEK dressed, and it certainly seems possible to set strings to any height desired without buzz. I don't much care for super-low settings, but it's nice to have the flexibility.
I set my Z1 fiver pretty low; however, with heavey playing I'll get some buzz. I think the G is just a hair above 1 mm (at the 12th fret), the B is a hair above 2 mm. The E is right at 2mm. A Cirrus can get pretty low as well.
+1 to you both
I've played Mike Flynn's (formerly 'urb_munki') Warwick Thumb, which has the lowest action of any bass I've tried. It practically plays itself!
I'll second what JR said about Modulus - I've yet to play anything as low as my Q5.
I have most of my basses set up stupid low. Even my Fender Jazz Geddy Lee and my $99 SX P bass copy. The lowest is my Cirrus (fretted) and my Zon (fretless).
i have an old kawai bass that have very low action. i also own a spector that has good action
the lowest ive played was a preavey cirrus. The strings were practically on the frets.
If you haven't tried 'em, LaBella Super Steps(I use the .045-.105 set) will get you about half a string width closer to your frets(at the same bridge height) than non-exposed core strings. I've been using them on my fretted basses for about 8 years straight. My Warwick Corvettes are stupit low.
And I'm yet to play anything as low as my Flea. I used to have it stupid low, like seriously stupid low. Put any excessive force when plucking, and QUACK! That modulus bite. Now it's a bit higher, so I can have more control over the dynamics.