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MIA Fender Jazz String Tension Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sal4bass, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. sal4bass


    Feb 3, 2008
    Is string tension higher on the MIA Fenders when using through-body verses through-bridge stringing? Are there big sonic differences between the two way of stringing?

    None of my Fenders use through-bridge stringing, so I am curious about string tension differences?
  2. I have both a 2008 MIA Jazz and a Fender 70s MIM Jazz and I string the MIA through-body. I don't believe doing that changes the string tension, but it does increase the break angle of the strings to the saddles, which should improve the tone (higher break angle = string being forced down harder on saddle).

    I wouldn't call the improvement "huge", but it is noticeable to my ears.

  3. superfunk47


    Sep 9, 2007
    I don't notice any difference in feel, tone, tension, or anything else.
  4. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    To my ears the tone/tension thing is non-detectable. The one thing I really dislike about string through is that it makes it really had to get strings on a tuned to pitch without getting the string twisted against itself. With a bridge through, I can put a string on, get it tuning up, and just before it gets taught against the bridge, I can give it a push back through the bridge to make sure it's not twisted -- can't do that with string through. Also string through puts much more stress on the strings at the witness point -- especially flats. I guess that's two things I don't like.
  5. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    I'll add a third to King Biscuit's list: One thing I don't like about going through the body is if your strings have silks at the tuner ends. I use Chromes, and I have to trim back the silks with a razor knife to keep them from sitting in the nut.

    I'm at the point now where I'd just as soon string them through the bridge, especially since I can't detect any tonal advantages one way or the other.

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