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How do I get my strings closer to the fret board.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Newbie101, Mar 24, 2001.

  1. Newbie101


    Mar 22, 2001
    How do I get my strings closer to the fret board.
    I just bought a new Ibanez TR bass from a pawn shop. And, as compared to my old bass, These strings are like a mile from the fretboard. How do I remedy? Oh yea, and would you tell me that I got ripped off if I told you that I bought that bass for 200$ It's in real good shape. Everything's in good shape from what I can tell.

  2. Taurus


    Feb 2, 2001
    I'm not familiar with the Ibanez line so I couldn't tell you whether the price was good or not.If you're happy with it,that's all that matters.There should be adjustments screws[allen screws] on each saddle that the strings rest on top of down at the bridge.These can adjust each saddle up or down individually.My advice would be to take it to the best bass technician in town,pay him an hours labour,and have him set the bass up to it's maximum playability.It should make a big difference in the way your bass feels and plays.As you get more experience,you'll be able to do at least some of this work yourself.
  3. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    You can do it yourself if you want, it's just a matter of getting them even and tuning it back up.

    Although, since you're a newbie you might wanna have a tech do it for you, that way it's definatly perfect.
  4. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Actually, you dont want them even. They should (for the most part) imitate the curvature (radius) of the fretboard at the bridge. If it was flat, the lowest and highest strings would be much farther off than the middle strings. But, by saying he just has to lower them doesnt help him.

    check out www.bassplayer.com , they have some good online articles on setup, changing strings, etc.
  5. Bad Ass Bass

    Bad Ass Bass Banned User

    Jul 18, 2000
    deffinetly take it to a tech.also see if you can find the person who owned it before they may have adjusted the action for a reason. Or worst case, the neck may be bent out(this is bad) if the strings are close to the board near the 1-4 frets, far away at the 5-15, then close again at the end then its bent.but anyway take it to the shop they'll know.
  6. my friend has an old ibanez with a broken truss rod, and i've never seen strings so high. if that's the problem with yours, you've been screwed.
  7. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    You get a piece of medium guage fishing line and tie it around the neck and strings at the 14th fret. Tighten it till the strings are as close as you want them to be to the fretboard, then staple the fishing line to the back of the neck.
  8. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    What the hell are you talking about!?! HAHAHAHAHAHA

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