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new strings and sudden action change

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by peddles, Jan 1, 2013.

  1. peddles


    Sep 5, 2011
    Palm Coast
    I recently bought a new pair of elixir 4 string super light gauge strings and now my action is really low. While in standard tuning It feels like I'm playing in drop c tuning. I've never had a problem with these strings and sure I put them in right...Any insight on this? Also the stings EA and DG are spaced further apart than normal.
  2. Assuming that you're using the same guage string it could be the truss rod slipped a bit when you released the tension. Your saddles got tweeked while you changed the strings. When you put the string on you didn't make sure they came across the saddle at the center?

    But these are all guesses.
  3. Floyd Eye

    Floyd Eye Banned

    Feb 21, 2010
    St. Louis
    String spacing and action changing are not symptoms of faulty strings. It is likely the strings are not installed correctly or the bridge has moved and possibly the neck needs to be adjusted.

    Did you change the gauge of strings you are using? What type of bass? Have you checked the bridge saddles to make sure they are seated properly?

    If none of this makes sense to you it is probably best to spend $50 on a set-up.
  4. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    If your action is now really low from just changing strings, your saddles moved during installation. There is no other possible explanation. As for spacing, just think about what you are saying: that the strings are somehow responsible. No. Check your saddles and put them right.

    Look if you are going to play bass, you're going to have to learn how the simple physics involved work and learn how to maintain it. Read the setup stickies in this forum and watch " Carl Pedigo's" setup vids on YouTube.

    Paying money for others to setup a bass after a simple string change is costly and comes off as laziness because people don't want to spend the couple of hours it takes to learn how to do it. It is so simple. Learn it.
  5. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
    Your bass needs to be re setup; the action has changed, because the string gauge is much lighter, so there's less tension. At the very least, the trussrod needs to be adjusted to take this into account. Changing string gauge radically will necessitate resetting intonation, as well.
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    JLS saw the same key words that I did.

    You installed lower tension strings, the neck responded to the change in tension, the neck change resulted in the action changing, and you need a new setup.
  7. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    You play a two string bass?
    Your neck needs relief added.