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Setting the action

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FuegodeX, Sep 18, 2000.

  1. FuegodeX


    Sep 16, 2000
    I have an Ernie Ball Music Man Stingray 5, i can't seem to get the action to as low as it was at the store i bought it at. Does anybody have any tips on lowering the action?
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Check the neck's relief at the 9th fret (while fretting the E-string at the first and last fret at the same time) - it should be around 1.5-2.5 mm. Make small adjustments with the trussrod if necessary, but only 1/4-turns at a time!

    Now you can try to lower the strings, but make sure they follow the fretboard radius (A and D are higher over the pickups than E and G).

    Check the entire fretboard for single frets that cause buzzing or for visible, deep grooves - if you find some, it's time for a fretjob. You can to it yourself but I strongly recommend letting a good repairshop do it.

    Hope I could help you:)

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