raising strings

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by ThumperCI6, Jan 11, 2001.

  1. how do you raise the strings on a squier p-bass?
  2. you should try to spend a little cash on a guitar setup book, but in the mean time you could do a search on bridge set up by clicking on the globe at the top of the page or browsing the setup forum. its pretty bassic, i comes down to turning the screws on the top of you bridge, but again if you do a search you will find more info.
  3. You adjust the height of the saddle with an allen key which should have come with your bass. If you did'nt get one, your local hardware store will sell you one, or the guitar tech at your nearest music store. Height is a personal thing, so you will need to experiment a bit. If you play hard you will need a higher action, if you play soft, you can get away with a low action. A rule of thumb for a medium low action seems to be about 3/32" under the G string, measured at the 12th fret, between the bottom of the string and the top of the fret. A 6" steel rule is good for this. Set the E string at about 1/8", and the other two strings accordingly, so that when you look down at the strings when your bass is strapped on, they follow the curvature of the fingerboard. If you get buzzes or rattles, take the saddles up one turn of the allen screws, retune, and try again. Take your time, and you'll end up with it just right for you.
  4. Thumper

    This question belongs in the setup forum. You'll get more input as well. I'm moving it now.