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New guy needin' some help

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by DustyRoad, Mar 6, 2014.

  1. DustyRoad


    Mar 6, 2014
    I have '53 Kay M-1... It is set up with some pretty stout flat wounds. I am new at Upright Bass. I ordered some Superior strings...low tension...hoping these will make my learning expierence a bit easier. The bridge appears to be pretty warped and I would like to replace it with a good inexpensive adjustable bridge. If there is such a thing. All I have found so far are ones made in China or Japan and they do not specify the wood used...could be Balsa as far as I know.

    Can ya'll direct me to some good quality adjustable bridges?

    I am pretty good with wood products and have been playing and setting up guitars for about 40 yrs.
  2. You'll want to install the adjusters yourself if you want to fit the bridge. Fitting bridge feet with pre-installed adjusters is a major pain.
  3. DustyRoad


    Mar 6, 2014
    Paul...thanks for your reply. Am understanding that I should use a high quality standard bridge. Fit it to the bass then cut bridge into two pieces drill for adjusters?
  4. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Yep. Much easier that way as you can fit both feet while they're still connected together and know that they'll sit flat on the top after the adjusters have been installed.

    Even with years of guitar repair experience, you may want to have your Kay looked at by a specialist bass luthier, even if it's just to get an assessment and not to have any work done. The physics of a double bass are a lot different than those of a guitar and what looks, on the surface, to be right might not be right at all (neck angle, health of the neck joint - especially on old Kays, bass bar, sound post, etc...). It's not that any of it is super mysterious, it's just that if you haven't messed with one before it's not going to be very intuitive.
  5. DustyRoad


    Mar 6, 2014
    I would love to take this to a bass luthier . Here in Mobile, Al. I have not found one. I will check Pensacola, Fl. and Biloxi, Ms.
  6. DustyRoad


    Mar 6, 2014
    Thank for the link KUNGfuSHERIFF.
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    Jun 23, 2007
    St. Louis, MO USA
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    Jan 26, 2009
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