I’ve brought my MIM Fender Jazz to two well regarded techs near me, yet I’m still having issues

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Sean775, May 27, 2018.

  1. Sean775


    Mar 19, 2015
    New Jersey, USA
    So I’ve always felt like the string height on my bass was too high. Both techs said it was fine after doing setups that I probably didn’t even need, yet my E string is exactly 3mm away from my 12th fret and close to 2mm away from my 3rd fret (I measured there too just to have a second place to check). If I adjusted my truss rod anymore, I’d have noticeable string buzz, which I don’t want.

    They both say a neck shim wouldn’t solve anything, and that the bass is fine the way it is, but it feels so high compared to every other bass I’ve played, and compared to my P Bass and Jaguar Bass. Is it possible that there’s some sort of undetectable issue with my neck? Other than what seems like high action, I love the bass, but I want more comfort when I play it.

    I could probably deal with the way it is from the first fret to like 7th fret, but it feels uncomfortable past there
  2. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician
    3mm at the 12th fret is certainly on the high side. I'd be aiming for a bit less than 2.5 mm. But don't adjust the truss rod unless you know that there's excessive relief in the neck. If the relief is somewhere around 10 to 15 thousandths, lower the saddle until the E string height is under 2.5mm, then adjust the rest of the saddles to conform to the fretboard radius, each string being about 5 thou lower than the previous. Try that and then tweak from there to suit your playing style.
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