Importance of detuning before adjusting intonation?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Sarah5string, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. HELP! Can someone please reassure me? I've just sorted out the action and intonation on my 5 string bass.. and only when I finished did I remember reading that it's important to detune before adjusting the intonation?
    What's the worst that could happen??? Could I have screwed something up? :help:
  2. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    I think the only reason why you would have to detune is if the saddle couldnt move forward or backward due to the tension of the string when its tuned to pitch. If the saddle moves then there's no need to detune. Dont worry, I dont think you could have possibly screwed anything up.
  3. Thank god for that.. lol. There was no problem adjusting it so I guess I must've been lucky.. lol.
  4. brooksy

    brooksy Guest

    Jan 17, 2007
    birmingham, england
    nah, it'll be fine sweetheart.... just checked out your band.... good stuff!!:bassist:
  5. lol thanks.. I know the myspace is a bit.... uh... bare.. but we're hoping to record something this sunday to put on there :D Home recording job though.. should be interesting.. :p Looking forward to putting my new 5 string through it's pace at practice on sunday :D
  6. brooksy

    brooksy Guest

    Jan 17, 2007
    birmingham, england
    hehe, nah, its all good fun eh?! like the pics you have up, and you aint far from us! check us out at .. maybe one day we could share the stage? ya never know, if ya free, come to the actress and bishop in brum on thursday! bwe a good night hehe (apologies for going off topic, too many vodka and cokes ;-):hyper:
  7. EADG mx

    EADG mx Guest

    Jul 4, 2005
    I detune the string before I adjust because it makes the saddle easier to move

    however, always make sure the string is tuned to pitch before checking intonation, otherwise you're defeating the purpose of adjusting in the first place
  8. Nitto

    Nitto Guest

    Mar 18, 2007
    Adelaide, South Aus
    it's probably ok, but don't make it a habit like i did,
    it strips the truss rod

    mine is slightly stripped and has limited range as a result, if i still did it i'd probably be up for a new rod, plus extraction of the old one= not cheap
  9. EADG mx

    EADG mx Guest

    Jul 4, 2005
    I don't see how.. if you're only detuning one string at a time and you're only detuning it enough to move the saddle?
  10. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    I don't detune before adjusting, unless it's on a hollowbody with a floating bridge that I'll need to physically move. I don't see how that could possibly affect a truss rod.