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Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by 20one, Jan 10, 2003.

  1. 20one


    Jan 10, 2003
    Abilene, TX
    the bridge on my bass is totally whacked... I know how to fix the intonation but what is the suggested highth of the strings above the fingerboard at the 12th fret ?
  2. SCH


    May 3, 2002
    San Antonio, Texas
    There is no single suggested height for the strings at the 12th fret. It depends on a bunch of factors:

    1. The bass you are talking about.
    2. The amount of neck relief.
    3. The kind of strings you are using
    4. How low or high you like your action.

    IMO the first thing to establish in the amount of neck relief (curveture in the neck) you have/desire. If you're happy with that, get a six inch ruler that measures in 32nds and 64ths of an inch. Put a capo at the first fret (this takes the nut out of your measurement) and measure the height of the string at the 12th fret from the bottom of the string. Raise or lower the individual strings as desired.

    If you've never adjusted your truss rod (neck relief) you might want to take it to a pro and watch how they tweak it. If you decide to do it yourself, make small adjustments (1/4 turn) and let is set overnight.
  3. jani_bjorklund


    May 22, 2002
    The string height at 17 fret on the bass side is 7/64"(2,8mm) for vintage (7,25" radius),and 6/64"(2.4mm) for modern basses (9-12" radius).
    The treble side is respectivily 6/64"(2,4mm) and 5/64"(2mm)
    Naturally, if you're a heavy player you'll have to give it some more.

    Here's a good site for fender bass setup