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Center of gravity?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by houblon, Jun 4, 2012.

  1. houblon


    Apr 4, 2009
    New Jersey
    I was looking at a 1/2 size bass for a student. If you put the bass down on it's side, the scroll tips down on the floor and the lower bout lifts up. It is a Strunal 50/1.

    Is this normal?
    Could the strings be too long?
  2. It's fairly common for smaller basses to have this problem, as the tuners are typically the same as for 3/4-size basses, and especially with the full plate style and brass machines/pegs this is just too much weight compared to the lighter lower bouts/endpin/tailpiece etc. You could balance this by putting on a heavier endpin, or by mounting lighter tuners, or you could provide a block of foam for the student to put under the scroll when laying the bass down. The problem is the same with many lighter 3/4 or even 7/8 basses when a heavy C-extension is mounted.
  3. robobass


    Aug 1, 2005
    Cologne, Germany
    Private Inventor - Bass Capos
    A luthier once lent me a huge Hungarian five string worth like $50k which did this. The first time I unpacked it I set it up on the stage with the neck sticking out. I was standing on the floor below and suddenly saw a big scroll coming at me fast. I caught it in time, but my life flashed before my eyes!
  4. JoeyNaeger

    JoeyNaeger Guest Commercial User

    Jun 24, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Bass Specialist, Lisle Violin Shop
    Strunals have really heavy necks I have noticed.

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