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Headless Bass String Retainer

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by ronin614, May 1, 2009.


  1. ronin614

    ronin614

    May 15, 2008
    New York
    I'm trying to convert a right handed Hohner Jack Bass (headless) to a lefty and I could use a little input. Would filing out the slots so that the E fits where the G normally goes be an issue? Would the G being placed in the old slot for the E cause any rattles? Has anyone actually tried this? Thanks.
     
  2. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    I don't know about the Hohners, but on all the Steinbergers I've had, the slots in the string retainer were all the same width--the G slot wasn't any narrower than the E slot to begin with.

    That said, I don't think putting the G in the E string slot would cause any rattles even if it were wider. The ball end fixture and the pressure as the string angles over the nut is what's keeping the string in position, not the sides of the slot.

    Mike
     
  3. ronin614

    ronin614

    May 15, 2008
    New York
    Mike,
    Thanks for the response. That's what i was thinking.
     

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