How Low Can You Go ?........

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by geezer316, Jul 1, 2003.

  1. geezer316


    Jan 26, 2003
    I have an 87 fender jazz special with a bad-ass bridge,and I was debating on string height with a fellow action is set so low(how low is it ?)that the adjustment on the bridge will not go any lower AT ALL !:bassist: .I manged to get the action so perfect that there's no adjustment left(will not go any lower)with ZERO frett buzz anywhere.Now i have been playing bass for over a year now and consider myself to be good for the time i have been playing,and i believe that i have accomplished a cool feat,and have a well set up bass(if you like low action)that is able to perform all types of styles equally without buzzing.Do you guys agree ? Or is it no big deal and any good bass can reach that level of low action with the right amount of work.My opinion is that i have done the un-norm,all my other basses current and past never got this low no matter how well they were set-up ETC.THOUGHTS ?:D
  2. pkr2


    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    Thoughts?.. OK, I "think" that you have a nice bass with a pretty substantial defect.

    When a bridge bottoms out, it doesn't mean that you've reached perfection, it means you ran out of range with your height adjustment. Now you may be looking at major surgery.

    Or you can just play it that way. If it sounds good to you, that's all that matters. But you'll always wonder "how low could it really go?".

  3. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    it's always good to have some room for adjustment, but if that setting works for you, then thats all good. If you are bottomed out on the bridge, you will have no lower adjustment, but as long as the neck doesn't go crazy, you will be fine. If you ever need it lowered, I reccomend shimming the neck. But only if it is absolutely necessary.
  4. 20db pad

    20db pad

    Feb 11, 2003
    I been everywhere, man...
    None. At all.
    If you are truly happy with the setup you have, you've probably found the perfect string height for you. This is where the strings are low enough to get around easily, while still maintaining the height to dig in without a buzz fest.

    If you hit rock bottom on the adjustment scale of the bridge, then you may have to replace it with one that can go lower.
  5. geezer316


    Jan 26, 2003
    I talked with the guy who does all my work and he said that it would be impossible (or as close to it as it can get)to ever get the action lower without it buzzing.3 months ago i had the fretts leveled and re-crowned so i believe this guy is in tune with my point was kinda of mis-understood when i posted it,its not about needing to be able to go lower,i guess i cant convey my actual question to be honest with you,i cannot describe the arguement.thanks for all the input people,and if i figure out a way to get my questuion across my acurately i will re-post this question. :D
  6. i think i need a new bridge on my dean i just got my neck heat pressed and the stings have really high action when the bridge is as low as it can go.. the bridge i have is very similar to the bad ass bridge..