More questions than answers...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rabid_granny, Jan 24, 2002.

  1. Hello again, I need some help interpreting this review from Harmony Central.

    It is a review on the Geddy Lee Jazz Bass. I saw one at a local store but the review says the setup was horrible...?

    "Besides needing a moderate truss-tightening and drastic saddle lowering, the frets needed to be releveled and the neck joint required a shim to optimize high register play at reasonable heights."


    1) What is a truss rod and what is it for?

    2) If you lower the saddle, does that mean you're lowering the strings at the bridge?

    3) What is releveling frets? I read something like that in the Fender Frontline magazine but I don't have a clue what that means.

    4) What's a shim? (Huh?)


  2. This may help.

    1.) Basically, a truss rod is used to adjust the curvature of the neck.

    2.) Yes, lowering the hieght of the strings (height from the fretboard or body).

    3.) Filing frets to make them "even."

    4.) See where the body meets the neck (usually there is 4 bolts on the back of the instrument). A shim is something that can be put in between the neck and body "joint" to raise the neck from the body.