problems settin up my bass.. please help!

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by ::::BASSIST::::, Jul 15, 2005.

  1. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    i have a geddy jazz with a moses graphite neck. i have had the neck for about 5 months but have never really been happy with the setup i have had with it. lately i have been trying to make the action better but i have been running into problems.

    1) i have to use shims as the badass II bottoms out. not a big deal but with the shim in (even with the shim the action is still too high) the bass gives a raspy sound. not distortion or buzz, but it just doesnt sound meaty. the only way to get rid of the raspy sound is to have the action really high.

    2) i have tried to adjust the TR to give the neck a little more bow /concaveness but even though i have loosened the tr nut all the way the neck is still dead straight. i have used a ruler and there is no space whatsever b/n the straight edge and the fret. I wouldnt mind it being dead straight, but i thought this might be a way to help get lower action without that raspy sound
  2. What guage of strings and what are you tuned to? Pickup height?
  3. ::::BASSIST::::

    ::::BASSIST:::: Progress Not Perfection.

    Sep 2, 2004
    Vancouver, BC Canada
    thanks for the responses guys.

    i am using Labella 760FL strings. cant name the exact gages.

    standard tuning and i lowered the pickups as low as they would go so i would know that any wonky sound i am getting is not from the pickups.

    this neck does fit well.. its very snug in the pocket.

    bassybill suggested overtightening the strings a little and leaving it for a couple days to get some relief.

    last night i spent about 3 hours fiddling with shim placement and shim thickness. i think it has reasonable, playable action now but its not what i would call great.

    once i gather up the courage and strength i will go at her again. :bassist: