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New String Gauge - Intonation Issues

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by PaulF, Mar 13, 2005.


  1. PaulF

    PaulF

    Nov 17, 2004
    Hi all

    I've just decided to try out some lighter strings on my bass (35-105's).

    I was hoping to help reduce the issues caused by my bass having what I feel is a fairly high action and being 'hard work' to fret notes quickly.

    Unfortunately I've had to raise the action a little higher when putting these strings on to avoid fret buzz (which when I think about it makes sense - they probably vibrate more vigorously being lighter, and so need more clearance from the frets).

    I've also had to adjust the intonation slightly (which again is what I expected) - most of the strings needed about 1/2 to 1 turn on the bridge screw to bring the 12th fret fretted note in tune with the harmonic.
    BUT - the A string is giving me real problems - I must have given it at least 3 or 4 (and possibly more) turns on the screw - but the fretted 12th note still remains sharp. I've double checked that the bridge is moving when I adjust the screw, but I just can't get it in tune.

    Is there something else I should try, or is it time to take it to a 'professional'

    Any ideas / suggestions would be welcome.

    cheers !

    Paul
     
  2. The Reff

    The Reff

    Feb 11, 2004
    Denmark
    Is that the gauges for a 5-String set ? Or is it a combo of different gauges for a 4-String set ?
     
  3. PaulF

    PaulF

    Nov 17, 2004
  4. The Reff

    The Reff

    Feb 11, 2004
    Denmark
    If it's with a high C-String - then it's not unusual, but if it's the other way around - with a low B-string, then it's quite unusual.

    And the when you say "lighter" set of strings I presumed that the '35 string was the G-string and the '105 string was the B-string.

    :) :) :) :)