Discontent with any action

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by chanson, Feb 17, 2009.


  1. chanson

    chanson Supporting Member

    It seems like no matter what I set my action at, I am disappointed in the sound of my basses. I can't stand a huge amount of clank, but I hate the sterile sound and unplayable qualities of higher action. I just can't seem to find the right balance. Am I the only one? Or have you goes gone through this phase before finding the holy grail of action?
     
  2. try a new EQ setting, set the bass up for comfort
     
  3. PBass101

    PBass101

    Jul 3, 2008
    Illinois
    If you're getting too much clack with a low action, you might want to take out some of the upper range frequencies. I play with a low action and I'll sometimes tap the strings against the fretboard with my fingertips; to avoid it sounding too harsh and clacky I'll roll down the upper mids at about 1kHz. IMO that's where the bulk of that harsh "clacky" sound is at. Just an idea.
     
  4. steamthief

    steamthief

    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    Maybe time to try a different bass?
     
  5. Maybe it's your technique rather than the action that you are unsatisfied with if you are getting too much clankiness?
     
  6. IMO your bass should be set up to where you can play it smoothly and easily with the action at the appropiate height for the amount of force your fretting hand puts on the strings. If you have a light touch you can have lower action, a heavier hand needs higher action. Tone should be shaped via pickup selection and height, and then your amp/cab.

    Pbass's post is a good one, one the Kjung will agree with with the whole 1k upper mid clank lol
     
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