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Fretless Action!!!!!!!!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by carlospppena, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. Hello All:

    I defreted an Ibanez acoustic bass guitar. The results were great. The only thing left to do is to lower the bridge. How low it should be??? The neck is pefectly straight.

    How many milimiters should separte the fingerboard from the strings at the 21st fret (well, not a fret there anymore...) or at the bridge end of the neck, should I say????

    I need to know before I try anything because this is not an adjustable bridge. The correction is going to be made with a sanding block and a lot of elbow grease. If I go wrong I will need a new nut for my bridge. ;-/

    Best Regards,

    Carlos Peña
  2. Fred19137


    Jan 23, 2009
    active musician
    do what looks right. depending on how well the job was done, you can have extremely low action or extremely high. my first job I f-ed up and the wood was bumpy creating unwanted buzz. my next ones I learned patience and the bumpy fret board was minimalized. those actions are about 3 mm off the board. u just have to mix and match.
  3. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    If the neck is straight you'll have high action. It should have slight relief. Good luck.
  4. Droot


    Dec 29, 2006
    If the neck is straight and a bolt on, put in a shim. It will lower the action and is adjustable.

  5. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Have you filed the nut down a bit? If you haven't, I would do that before adjusting the bridge. (Actually, I'd have my luthier do it, becasue I don't have the tools or knowledge to properly file a nut.)

    Then I'd just go for the action you'd like to have. IME lower action gives more of the "mwah" type note blooming sound if that's what you are after.

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