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Pre-stressing Strings

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by morgancurrie, Jan 24, 2005.

  1. This morphed out of another thread (see here) but I figured it would get more attention if it was made it's own. Can somebody please explain to me the process of "pre-stressing" bass strings to compensate for sharp intonation? The saddles on my bridge are maxed out, so aside from moving the bridge farther down the body (away from the neck), this seems to be my only option... though I have no idea what it means. Google's been less than helpful on this one.
  2. I don't know if this is what you mean, but after I restring, I'll push down (towards the body) near the bridge, to sort of form the bends where the string passes over the saddle. Same w/the nut. I'll also pull the strings out away from the body- an inch or two- a few times. This seems to speed up the natural process of the strings stretching & going flat.