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Premier Guitar - Bass Setup Article

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by MetroBass, Dec 27, 2012.


  1. MetroBass

    MetroBass

    Mar 26, 2008
    South of LA
    Hatred obscures all distinctions.
  2. 1bassleft

    1bassleft

    Dec 21, 2012
    NW England
    If visual/physical learning s more your bag, John Carruthers has a nice 4-step Yootoob instructional. This links to part 1; truss rod and just go through the next three for bridge height, nut filing and intonation:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te44eWXd9pc
     
  3. H3nchman

    H3nchman

    Oct 28, 2012
    Do the measurements change for a 24 fret bass?
     
  4. AdamR

    AdamR

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Endorsing Artist: VF Cables, Dirtbag Clothing
    those videos were great
     
  5. 1bassleft

    1bassleft

    Dec 21, 2012
    NW England
    I have 21, 22 + 24 fretters. With the Carruthers videos, I personally don't get too hung up on the inch fractions. I just follow the steps in the same order, hold the string at 1st fret and body join (ca 15th) and use the mk 1 eyeball. Similarly for saddle height (nut filing is not my competence). Perhaps I'd get a better result with more diligence, but it's still a good improvement on practically every bass on arrival chez moi.
     
  6. bobsbarricades

    bobsbarricades

    Feb 23, 2014
    Hey...so having some issues maybe you guys can help me solve?

    1) To clarify, if I have inconsistent frets that buzz, frets above the fretted note, that's what exactly?

    2) I've got an Ibanez GSR206 and the intonation is such that I can't adjust the bridge saddles far enough forward. The screw detaches from the saddle @_@

    3) The high C string's screw won't seem to turn...solutions on losening this guy up?

    I have a metal meter stick and it looks like there's a bit of relief in the neck. Or at least my understanding of it. There's a slight bow backwards from 3rd to 15th fret. I figure if I straighten this out I'll probably help the intonation problem, yea? I open up the plate to access the truss rod and see ther are TWO! Umm..I'm not the best at this thing so what do I need to know when adjust two truss's? It's lefty-losey to straighten out a bend like I describe correct? I need the headstock to pull back a bit...right?

    Thanks!

    edit - bonus! The high c also seems to not get enough pressure from the string to stay down. I could raise the action but in all honesty I want to go lower...maybe I'm just bad at adjust it? I'm not a fan of these bridge types at all... any cheap string-through-body bridges out there?
     
  7. Geri O

    Geri O

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
  8. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Instrument Technician, Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    About 4 years late. I'm sure the article is long gone.
     
  9. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Gold Supporting Member

    Try this. I don't know if it is the same thing though. I usually recommend Jerzy Drozd's ultimate setup guide.

    DIY: How to Set Up a Bass Guitar
     
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  10. Geri O

    Geri O

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    Excellent, that's it. I have some concerns about the string height at the nut on this brand new American Elite Bass I have. The three middle strings play a little sharp on the first position, hence my interest. I'm not gonna saw on this bone nut myself, just looking for opinions before I take it to my guy.

    Thank you!
     
  11. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Instrument Technician, Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    The easiest way to check the height of the strings at the nut is to press the string down between the second and third frets and measure the gap over the first fret. It should be a few thousandths of an inch. Paper that's 20 lb. is about 3.5 thou and that's more than enough, so if you can slip a piece of paper in there and it doesn't fill the gap, there's probably too much height at the nut.