fat new american fender P with a string thru body

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by capncal, Jul 26, 2009.

  1. capncal


    Apr 14, 2009
    she is one beautiful piece of craftsmanship. the way she resonates in my arms makes me want to cry. i was hanging up a flyer for a rock show and i stumbled across a jaw dropping, cola candy (i believe is the name of the color) red, white pick guard. the most beautiful thing i can imagine.

    her name is Isabell.

    my question is this, other than looking totally bad ass, what difference does the string through body make? seems to me it makes the sound a little more resonate? maybe? a little deeper, or richer.

    oh, and i've got a nice wood grain body washburn 4 string for sale if anyone is interested.
  2. king_biscuit


    May 21, 2006
    It makes it harder to get the strings on and in tune without getting them twisted against themselves. It also makes it a bad idea to use certain flats like La Bellas. I don't care for string through designs.
  3. PBass101


    Jul 3, 2008
    If Leo Fender wanted Precisions to be thru-body, they would have been thru-body fifty four years ago. At least two roundwound brands I've used end up having too much of an angle at the bridge while using thru-body, which causes the wire-round coils to get opened up a bit, which isn't good.
  4. Bill Staudt

    Bill Staudt

    Jun 18, 2002
    They were strung through body 54 years ago.
  5. ashtray9


    Aug 1, 2002
    Tempe Arizona
    From everything I have read it seems that through-body stringing has zero benefit for tone.

    From a layman understanding of physics one might guess through-body would sound noticeably different.
  6. Hamerguy


    Mar 29, 2008
    I haven't heard any differences when I tried both stringing options on my basses (possible on 3 of them). I do string them through-body when possible. I use D'Addario strings and while I think the different colored ball ends are useful it sure looks funny when visible.
  7. Turock


    Apr 30, 2000
    Looks like he must have wanted it.
  8. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Please read the TB rules. Advertising a bass for sale without a supporting membership is prohibited. Even then you need to post it in the classified forum.

    As to the string through topic: Both of my basses can top-load or string-through and I've yet to be able to tell a difference tonally.
  9. capncal


    Apr 14, 2009
    interesting. i'm kinda surprised i don't have more positive comments about the string thru design. why do they make it? there must be some positives. i think it sounds freaking amazing. but then again i've been playing a chinese washburn for two years now i have an american p. of course it sounds amazing!
  10. capncal


    Apr 14, 2009
    my bad. i think i've decided not to sell it anyway. too much emotional attachment.
  11. Woodwolf


    Aug 18, 2008
    There aren't any rules that say all strings must be run through the body. It's optional any particlar way. There is a flaw in the through the body system in that it appears the break angle is too severe on the E-string, maybe even the A? I've always wondered why makers don't angle the through holes a bit. A step drill could cut a counter bore for the angled anchors as needed. Basses have become standardized and maybe that's the obstacle more than whether there's a tonal difference or not? I notice a difference in the action and the low end. It's not overwhelming, just a subtle aspect. Flatwounds don't like to do everything any old way. That's true.
  12. blmeier7


    May 7, 2006
    Amarillo, TX
    This is exactly what I was wondering. With all of the high-end equipment Fender has you would think this would be fairly easy for them to do.

    With that said, I have two MIA Fenders and have tried the strings through the body and through the bridge and I can't tell any difference in tone, sustain, etc. Now both of my Fenders are strung through the bridge, at least this way if I want to use the strings on another bass I can without having a heavy bend in the strings.