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intonation off in cold bldg

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by AgIdoc, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. AgIdoc


    Nov 17, 2008
    Huntsville, TX
    recently I noticed that my squier DAJV gets out of whack when I play at church (insert "devil bass" joke here haha :bassist: )

    seriously. I VERY CAREFULLY adjust the intonation at home to be near-perfect but when I get to church (which is always FRRRRREEZING)...then the higher up the neck I play, the sharper I am. its becoming infuriating. even after 2-3 hrs in there. then I get back home again (normal temp/humidity) & its fine again. no problem.

    this doesn't happen on my 4-string p-bass, so lately I've been using it more at church. but we do a lot of songs in Eb (cuz that's the cool new "in" thing, apparently) and the reason I got the 5-er in the 1st place is to play low Eb & D.

    any advice? I guess I could spend time setting the intonation just right *at church*, which would mean its off again at home. or de-tune the 4-string. anyone else have this problem?

  2. JPBourdier


    Jan 2, 2011
    Texas - DFW
    Yes, I have this same problem! I've taken the time to set up my intonation at church. It usually stays around 65-68 degrees and makes a noticeable difference in pitch. If you only have 1 bass, I suggest setting up and tuning in the church. Give yourself about an hour to make multiple adjustments. When you practice at home, try to ignore intonation imperfection. I ended up getting a practice bass for home for this reason.
  3. AgIdoc


    Nov 17, 2008
    Huntsville, TX
    well good to know I ain't the only one. I have two basses that I play: a memphis p-bass with a mighty mite neck & the DAJV. the problem doesn't happen on the p-bass (chunkier neck, maybe?) so I'll probably just stop taking the DAJV to church. I can't really set up the DAJV for church & "ignore" the intonation b/c I use that jazz for recording (& it sounds great!). I guess I'm probably stuck.

    and yeah, its 65 in our church sanctuary pretty much all the time. I know that sounds like an exaggeration, but it's not.

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