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Is it possible to string the Fender bass with body thru without the ferrules?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by skaine, Feb 8, 2019.

  1. skaine


    Dec 11, 2014
    I was about to get a used Fender American Standard Precision 2012 bass, however i noticed the string ferrules are missing.

    Is it still possible to use the body thru stringing feature, without ferrules as shown in the picture? The original built holes are there, but no string ferrules as you see.


    Also i wonder does body thru string feature really makes a noticible difference?
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2019
  2. Rallypoint_1

    Rallypoint_1 Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2010
    Pasadena, California
    I am not totally sure if you can but you can find them new for pretty cheap.
  3. skaine


    Dec 11, 2014
    Not in my country (Turkey) unfortunately, they dont sell here. You cant even find a decent pickguard for a precision bass in Istanbul. Otherwise i wouldnt mind at all.
  4. Better get some ferrules. Without, over time sustained string tension will pull the ball ends into the wood itself, and once that happens changing strings becomes an ordeal.
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  5. skaine


    Dec 11, 2014
    Cant get them online as well. I got this text when i tried them to order online..

    We are quite disappointed with Fender for preventing us from shipping to your country of choice. Please consider products of a different manufacturer or switch to another delivery country
  6. Washers from the hardware store, then. Bring an E string along to size the center hole in the washer. Measure the diameter of the ferrule hole to size the outside of the washer. You want something that will countersink a little bit into the hole, yet not so deeply that it runs far into the taper.
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  7. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    Yup, I'd imagine this should work quite well. :thumbsup:

    Hard to believe there isn't some aftermarket parts maker that makes ferrules that would ship to you though. Might just take a bit of searching - doesn't have to be an authentic Fender part as long as it's correctly sized.
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  8. Kro

    Kro Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    New Jersey
    Ah, just saw this. IMO no.

    I have the option to string through-body on my 2014 Precision and I currently have it strung through-bridge, as I prefer the less intense break angle over the saddles.

    When I was in the market for a Precision, having that option (through-bridge) was one of my mandatories.
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  9. Gunga Din

    Gunga Din

    Jun 22, 2018
    You can get them from Thomann in Germany.
    Fender String Ferrules Bass – Thomann UK
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  10. CatchaCuda


    Feb 3, 2018
    Transfer, PA
    My Ltd D4, bridge vs. body, no perceived difference.
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  11. Roland GR 88

    Roland GR 88

    Sep 16, 2013
    Try here....string ferrules

    And here....Hipshot® Bass String Ferrule

    Both companies should be able to ship these out to you without a hassle. Don't string it up without them. The ball ends will keep pulling into the wood, you'll never stay in tune and eventually you'll need to do surgery to get a stuck ball out.
    Best of luck.
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2019
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  12. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    I didn't go through the body on this...totally unnecessary.
    Still plenty of sustain.
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  13. Warpeg

    Warpeg Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2005
    That bass was designed with ferrules for a reason. Taking a shortcut by bypassing them is just faulty logic. Get some ferrules or use the top-load option; any other option adds risk.
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  14. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    One of my first bases was a Telecaster bass. I played it for years without ferrules in the body. It was fine. However, you should look to find replacement ferrules.
  15. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    There is this big area of hardware stores in Istanbul; not too far from Galata Tower. I'd be surprised if you couldn't turn up something useable there.
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  16. Coolhandjjl

    Coolhandjjl Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2010
    No difference in what you hear at all.
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  17. kobass

    kobass Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Outside Boston
  18. Spirit of Ox

    Spirit of Ox Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    Chelsea Mass
    I had a bass with both options and I found that the top load had a little better tone and seemed more responsive tension wise. The through body option added a little more tension and supposedly more sustain but I noticed some high end bite was taken out. Also no real difference in sustain.
  19. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    I always prefer to top load, even when there was STB capability … but then, I am always using flats, use strings that the length fits better top loaded, and more 'sustain' to me on a bass makes absolutely no sense, much less a 'benefit' … I try to be ultra conscious of my muting techniques, and not afraid to stick a hunk of foam under the strings when I think the situation asks to …

    For the OP, I would certainly make it aware to the buyer that the ferrules are missing, and maybe even negotiate on the matter if they are hard to come by, but unless the length of your 'string of choice' favors being STB, I would just top load …

    JMHO … as always ;)
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  20. Maynjo

    Maynjo Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2014
    Jacksonville, NC
    I would just string it through the bridge, I highly doubt you’ll notice a difference.
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