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Noob Needs Help w/Strings, Bridge

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by bunky1998, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. bunky1998


    Mar 28, 2009
    Help! I'm a bass playing noob in need some advice.

    I decided to switch from round wounds to D'Addario half-rounds in hopes of cutting down on string squeak. I removed old E string and found (much to my dismay) that the new E string won't fit through string hole in bridge. It appears old E string is a 100, whereas new E string is a 105.


    Is it possible to rout out the string hole to fit new E string? I'm sort of a noob on both cases: playing and working on my bass. I figured I'd ask before I wreak havoc on the instrument and make things worse.

    Thanks in advance for your help!
  2. JLS


    Sep 12, 2008
    Emeryville, Ca
    I setup & repair guitars & basses
  3. bunky1998


    Mar 28, 2009
    Thank you so much, I think I can handle this repair seeing that power tools aren't involved.
  4. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    WOW, we're talking a difference of 5/1000ths of an inch and it won't fit? I find that very hard to believe.
  5. bunky1998


    Mar 28, 2009
    Yeah, crazy but true. The half-rounds will go thru the hole until you get 2" from the end. Then the string gets much fatter.