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How to fix a MIM jazz 5-string

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Medford Bassman, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. Medford Bassman

    Medford Bassman Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Medford, Wisconsin
    I recently purchased a MIM 5-string from MF scratch and dent. I like it but the B, E, A and mostly D string do not line up with the pole pieces as intended. They are all shifted to the right. I have noticed this causes some strings to be quieter than others.
    On my MIA Jazz everystring lines up perfectly between the two pole pieces.
    Any suggestions on how to fix this? I'm guessing the bridge was installed a little off and nobody took the time to fix it before it left the factory.

    Thnx for any and all help.
  2. Bobster


    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Hi Melford,

    Most common fixes for this are:

    1. Remove the bridge, fill the holes and remount it. - Hardest

    2. Get a bridge w/adjustable saddles (like BadAss) - Medium/Easy

    3. Replace pickups w/"bar" J-bass pickups (like Barts) - Easiest

    Hope that helps,

  3. Medford Bassman

    Medford Bassman Supporting Member

    Aug 8, 2007
    Medford, Wisconsin
    Thanks Bob, I appreciate the advice.

    I'll have to decide which one to go with.
  4. Fretlessboy


    Nov 29, 2007
    St Augustine Florida
    Endorsing artist GENZ BENZ/HERCULES STANDS/XSonics
    check the neck in the neck pocket...it sounds like the is cocked side ways. Hold the bottom horn and pull the neck up te seat in the neck pocket...then really tighten the screws.
  5. bass_fish


    Oct 26, 2006
    the Netherlands
    I would say +1 on that one... first thing I would do....

    but how much are they off? since you say that the strings are quieter? I have never noticed this, are they the double pole per string type?
  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses

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