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Proper Nut / String Height?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Zooberwerx, Mar 12, 2005.

  1. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    What's the appropriate method for determining correct string height at the nut? The bass in question is a 5 string with brass nut (unfortunately not an Adjust-a-Nut).

    Here's a method I heard about years ago; I don't know if it holds true:

    1) Fret any string at the second fret.

    2) A slight gap should exist between the string and the top of
    the first fret (standard bassist's unit of measure = one
    credit card).

    3) If the nut slot is cut too deeply, you may experience
    buzzing with open strings. If the string is too high, fretting
    at first position will be notably stiff.

    I'd appreciate any input.


  2. FBB Custom

    FBB Custom TalkBass Pro Commercial User

    Jan 26, 2002
    Owner: FBB Bass Works
    That method sounds sound to me.