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neck relief and truss rod

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Larz Gearbox, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. Larz Gearbox

    Larz Gearbox

    Jan 4, 2004
    Now, i'm just curious as the what sort of neck relief i should be looking for on my bass, i mainly play standard tuning with medium gauge strings. When i sight the neck, i can clearly see a bow in the neck. Fretting on the 1st and 14th frets leaves a gap at the 6th fret about the size of a plastic credit card or maybe just more, is this normal or excessive??

    also, how hard should it be to adjust the truss rod?? i had a quick go on mine, but it was damn near impossible to even move slightly, so i gave up before i wreaked something.
  2. There needs to be some relief or bow in the neck to
    compensate for the curve of the string when it vibrates, this allows the string to
    vibrate freely but stay close to the neck.

    Check out the site below to get a mental picture of the neck and the bow, your bass sounds real good to me!!


    Good, because if you are not confident in adjusting neck relief you can snap the neck, if done improperly!


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