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Gauge too heavy for Fretless??

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by shane-0-matic, Mar 18, 2013.


  1. shane-0-matic

    shane-0-matic

    Aug 13, 2009
    Dayton Ohio
    Being the West Ham United and Iron Maiden fan I am, I decided to put the Steve Harris Sig Flats on my Fretless. Ive got the action as low as possible at the saddles, And the neck is pretty much straight, A slight amount of relief. (If I dont have the action this low the bass is fairly hard to play. It is a Cheap Stagg Fretless)

    No matter what I have done to the setup the strings buzz against the fingerboard when playing a low note on the neck (Where the 1st fret would be).

    Am I simply playing too high gauge of a string? Or is there anything I can do setup wise to correct the problem and keep the bass playable. Thanks!:bassist:

    EDIT: I have also shimmed the neck on the bass with a couple of dense business cards, maybe 3/4 of an inch wide, at the side of the neck pocket closest to the pickups. I did this before i put the new strings on.
     
  2. Try giving the neck a little more relief, less than a quarter turn should do.
     
  3. FourBanger

    FourBanger

    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    Yup, sometimes bigger strings need a little more room to shimmy.
     
  4. JLS

    JLS

    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Answer, above.
     
  5. shane-0-matic

    shane-0-matic

    Aug 13, 2009
    Dayton Ohio
    I dropped down to medium gague rounds and im still having the problem. Gonna add some more relief and try to keep it playable, If that doesnt work, Should I consider a new nut?
     
  6. JLS

    JLS

    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Add more relief. If that doesn't work, see my previous reply.
     

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