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Intonation

Discussion in 'Ask Mike Watt [Archived]' started by john42654, Apr 19, 2002.


  1. john42654

    john42654

    Apr 18, 2002
    Hello
    Im sorry if this topic has been previously covered numerous times but I have some questions on intonation I wanted to ask. First I dont understand if the intonation is supposedly based on string length why does the length vary. It seems that most basses that I see the strings get progressivly shorter ( E being longest and G shortest).This being the length from nut to saddle. The only thing I can figure is that since the E is thicker it is slightlly longer going over the saddle because of a greater angle. Also I tried doing some experimenting with intonation but I really did not notice any difference. Once the string was retuned it was in tune open and at the 12th fret. Any info on this woud be appreciated.
    Thank you
    John