I dropped my bass and now it plays great!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bongostealth, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    Funny thing.... I was swapping out the preamp on my bass and it was resting on its gig bag. Somewhere in the mix my cat (yes, I do own a cat. They are my favorite and my favorite thing to eat at the Chinese buffet) jumped up on it right when I was getting up and I somehow knocked the bag over. The bass then fell on its front-side (strings and bridge side) from a distance of about 3.5 feet and I heard the loud "Bam!!" Luckily, nothing happened at all to the bass.... until I played it.

    I don't know what impact the fall had on it but now it plays like an absolute dream! It's now the best playing bass I've ever had and I've been playing for 20 years (not professionally) and have tried many basses.

    I had previously adjusted the string height and the bridge to my liking but something was still missing. I guess all it took was a good kick-in-the-bass. (I know... bad joke)
  2. meatwad

    meatwad Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2008
    Smallville, USA
    This is not how this sort of thing usually works out. Congrats!
  3. Perhaps the fall made the nut seat in or it set the string witness point. :p

    I couldn't imagine it did anything to the truss rod, although perhaps it help that adjustment seat too.
  4. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    The action and string tension on it became 2x better. It's the weirdest thing. And it's a heavy bass too. It's solid Ovangkol.

    What's a string witness point?
  5. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I just did it to one of my jazzes didn't do anything but scratch it I'll try one of my P's next I must have to drop it from a higher point ?

    -Kim Kardashian
  6. Wallace320


    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Then jump on your bass, while it's flat on the floor...

    I wouldn't do on mine, but if you like it like this:meh:

  7. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    Hey Kim Kardashian, just make sure that when you drop your bass you don't snap your g-string. :p
  8. wideload


    Apr 15, 2004
    Now drop it twice as far for an even greater improvement! :) Or maybe not...
  9. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    That is so cool! There must have been something that just needed to be jarred into place. Maybe you can start a service.
  10. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    "Droppin' the low end since 2012...literally"
  11. Wallace320


    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Is this S/M bassplayin'?

    Bondage bassplayin' with unholy rites involvin' cats, evil animals by definition!

    the only cat I dig in...

  12. Count_Blah


    Jul 5, 2011
    So is this the new recommended method of setup? :bag:
  13. Andyman001

    Andyman001 Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2010
    Long Beach, CA
  14. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
  15. uOpt

    uOpt Supporting Member

    Jul 21, 2008
    Boston, MA, USA
    The nut being "adjusted" is the obvious candidate since you had already messed with the height at the bridge.
  16. funkytoe

    funkytoe Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2008
    Northern California
    This is not the first time I have heard about something like this happening. Although its always with instruments with bolt-on necks.

    I have a theory that the impact somehow allows the neck to re-set itself in the pocket (especially under tension from the strings) and results in a better aligned neck. If, I were you, I would just check all of my neck screws/bolts to ensure that they are properly tightened and that the neck was securely set in its pocket. If it plays great now, you will want to keep it that way.

    Otherwise - call it serendipty. Plug it in and rock it!
  17. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    You are so right! My bass is in fact a bolt-on. I will check all of the neck screws when I get home tonight. So far it plays just fine and nothing seems loose on the bass at all.
  18. Standalone


    Jan 17, 2005
    New Haven
    placebo effect...?

    or perhaps your bass has now achieved "Mojo." Be sure to mention that in any f/s ad. :)
  19. ics1974


    Apr 13, 2012
    you need a cat for it to work