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ESP LTD C-305 Set up

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by ouchababy, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. ouchababy


    Nov 26, 2013
    I recently came into one of the above stated basses. I can not find the stock string gauge or set up specs. Really I can't find out anything about this bass. I need to set it up as it has an awful set up on it now. all I know is it's a 4 string with a 35" scale. Little help? Thanks.
  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Just use the universal set-up guides as they apply to just about every bass known to man. Strings: 40-100 or 45-105 if going roundwound. Check string brand specs to ensure the length is adequate for a 35" bass. Set-up:

    *Relief .012-.014 fretted at the first and last frets

    *String height 1/16" @ G string, 3/32 @ E string

    Good starting points, but...YMMV.

  3. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Palm Coast, Florida
    Very good info. I just bought one of these in a 5-string model. I used D'Addario EXL .050 .070 .085 .105 & .130 on my last 34" Ibanez and really liked the tension and tone. Any issues using the heavier gauge on this 35" scale? Thx.

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  4. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I can't think of any provided you make the necessary adjustments to the relief. May feel somewhat different under the fingers but the perception will be skewed by the extended scale to a degree. I generally stick with 45-125/128's but that's just me. Either way, I have no doubt that the bass is adequately engineered to accommodate the slightly heavier gauge string set...not to worry.