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Incessant Back Bow

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Atticus, Nov 2, 2010.

  1. Atticus


    May 26, 2010
    Memphis, TN
    My bass was suffering from pretty bad back bow for a couple of weeks. I took it in to a local shop on Saturday, where it was diagnosed, repaired, and I went on my way. It sounded great all across the fretboard. I picked it up today and the G string is already getting close enough to the first fret to affect the sound of an open note. I haven't even been playing excessively.

    Is the bass just a dog, or am I doing something to cause this? It's an ESP LTD B-155DX, and when not being played it sits on a stand in my room. The weather hasn't been particularly humid lately, though it is sometimes.
  2. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    If your neck is too straight,, loosen your truss rod. If thats not working,, you might try some higher tension strings.
  3. ThrashMaster


    Jul 7, 2010
    Boston, MA
    I would actually go right to the heavier strings...people are consistently amazed at how well my bass sets up, and their eyes pop out of their heads when I tell them what guages I use :eek:
  4. TGLbass


    Aug 20, 2010
    well---what guages do you use?
  5. Atticus


    May 26, 2010
    Memphis, TN
    I'm off to my local guitar shop to pick up a repaired amp head tomorrow- I guess I'll get a truss rod wrench and some heavier strings while I'm there.

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