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playing "the bridge" on fretless

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by dabass, Dec 24, 2005.

  1. dabass

    dabass Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    Hey, not sure if this is a common problem! I have a new 4 string fretless which I like very much. But when I play near the bridge there is almost too much tension in the strings. As a result the D and G strings can sound a little on the thin side. Is that a function of the bass itself, the bridge, strings or that it's a new bass.I can adjust my hand placement towards the neck a bit, but just wondering if I can make some adjustments in the set-up?
  2. vic_6


    Dec 19, 2004
    Manila, Philippines
    how close is the bridge to the bridge pick up? could be the bass's design.
  3. jeffhigh


    May 16, 2005
    It is just natural for the sound to get thinner and brighter and to have more resistance to plucking as you get closer to the bridge. That is the way the physics of the arrangement work.
    Just find the hand position that gives you the sound you want.
  4. dabass

    dabass Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2005
    hey, the bass is a Manne Newport fretless with 2 j style PU's. Just wondering if setup (raising bridge PU or lowering the action) or different strings (w different tension) would give me "a fuller tone" on the D and G string.