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Is there a way to tighten up a low B?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by tekhna, Nov 8, 2004.

  1. tekhna


    Nov 7, 2004
    I always hear about "tight" and "loose" Bs, and I think I have finally encountered one in my friends Jazz 5. The E feels a little loose as well too. Or is just the way of the bass?

  2. Generally a higher gauge string will tighten it a bit. Search the forums for more information, it's been discussed a lot.
  3. Jaye


    Jan 30, 2004
    Portland, OR
    Sure, turn the tuning key counter-clock wise. :p
  4. knuckle_head

    knuckle_head Commercial User

    Jul 30, 2002
    Owner; Knuckle Guitar Works & Circle K Strings
    Higher/thicker gauges and if I might suggest making certain the neck joint is as tight as possible.
  5. beat me to it. :spit:

    heavier string, as previously stated.

    You could try a heavier bridge too, depending on what you have now. The break angle over the nut and bridge has something to do with it to. If there was some way to put a string tree kind of thingy on the headstock that might help too. If you're really adventurous, try putting a string-thru bridge on it, and drill a hole. The ferrules are available here and there, try the Carvin catalog or Allparts.
  6. Stephen Soto

    Stephen Soto

    Oct 12, 2003
    Heavier guages, try a set of .134-.50 or so.
  7. Put it on a different bass

    -sorry, couldn't (wouldn't) stop myself- for real, tho, Fender 5's are pretty hit & miss. Mine has a decent B, but the G sounds like it has a phaser or something on it. Just the G. Kinda cool...
  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    There are a few things that might help, including heavier strings and different hardware. This is really related to the Setup of the bass, so I am moving it to that Forum. Try a search there, and in our Strings forum.
  9. andruca


    Mar 31, 2004
    Madrid (Spain)
    Jazz 5's B string suck big time. And I even tried one with a .135" B!!!! My StingRay 5 has a powerfull tight B even stringed with a .115" B. This is another reason for me to hate Fender (and love MusicMans -and just the Ernie Ball ones-).