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G&L Intonation Problem

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by PolkaHero, Oct 1, 2003.


  1. PolkaHero

    PolkaHero Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2002
    Michigan
    I've got a L-2000 that I can't get the intonation right on the A and E strings. I need to lengthen both of these strings but the *&(# screws are too short in the bridge saddles! What makes no sense is that the E and A strings should end up being shorter than the G and D (usually this is the other way around).

    Do you think G&L makes longer bridge saddle screws? Where would I get them? Thanks!
     
  2. Sounds like the neck might need some tweaking.

    G&L does make longer screws for their bridges and you can purchase them at any parts shop.

    Parts Shop online

    SET UP MANUAL

    Good Luck. ;) Treena
     
  3. There's a problem here. Longer screws should not be needed to do the job. Having the scale length of the E and A strings shorter than the other two means one of two things. First, the strings are bad. Even if they're new, it's possible they're bad. Also, some strings just wont work with some basses, I've had this problem in the past. Second, operator error. By this I mean, either you or your tuner are searching in the wrong area for the correct pitch. I assume you are well versed in the art of intonation, so this only really leaves the first option.
     
  4. RobbieK

    RobbieK

    Jun 14, 2003
    How close are your pickups to the strings? Could be string pull...
     
  5. gbenner

    gbenner

    May 20, 2001
    ocean, new jersey
    I had the same problem using TI Flats on my L2K. When I changed to a different brand of strings, the saddles moved back. Treena hit it on the head, check your relief (G&L suggests .018 to .022), adjust string height, then try to set intonation. If the screws are still to short try a different brand of strings.

    George
     
  6. PolkaHero

    PolkaHero Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2002
    Michigan
    Thanks for the replies and suggestions! I don't think it's the strings. I just replaced the strings with TI Powerbass; the previous set was GHS Brite Flats-same problem. Maybe I'll try setting the pickups lower; this bass sure has plenty of output anyway!