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Setup frequency and playing improvement

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by debris, Sep 17, 2010.


  1. debris

    debris

    Oct 4, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    I just got my Stingray worked on (setup + neck adjustment) and that sh*t is incredible. It feels like a brand new instrument. The response is much, much faster and I can just fly all over the fingerboard.

    Such dramatic improvements literally overnight lead me to believe that I should have been getting my bass set-up like that from the get-go.

    Having been and still being a younger player (going on 20), lots of seemingly obvious things seem to fall under my radar, such as the importance of having my bass set-up regularly.
    It is now however that I realize I don't actually know how often the procedure should be done.

    So let me ask TB: how often should setups be done in general?

    And does an instrument generally need to be re-set-up after string changes every time (seems like it does, even if it's just a check, but I figure I'll throw that out there anyway)?

    Any other input on setups/maintenance and its benefits for playing would be much appreciated.
     
  2. peledog

    peledog

    Jul 9, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    I would say at least once a year.

    http://www.tunemybass.com/bass_setup/

    This has great tips and walkthoughs on setting up the bass yourself. I check my bass every few practices or so, but really it's just the intonation I check. But once a year, got a to pro - a nice setup does wonders for your playing too!
     
  3. debris

    debris

    Oct 4, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    bump?
     
  4. DaLoCo

    DaLoCo

    Jun 16, 2010
    South Africa
    I would say atleast every time you change string...or at least check it.

    I know the feeling, having done a proper setup on my BTB after owning it for six years...it's a new bass. I had just gotten my Rockbass, but probably not have gone for it if I had done the setup on the BTB prior to ordering the Rockbass. That said, I immediately did a proper setup on the Rockbass, and it is a dream player, especially since I do like the smaller string spacing.
     
  5. xikbastard

    xikbastard

    May 7, 2007
    Singapore
    i get it done every singe time i change new strings especiall if its a different brand, etc..etc..

    just change to a DR-DDT and that thing need major set-up need to straigthened the trus rods as the tension of that string is massive. a bit of tweak its all good.
     
  6. AndybradleyUK

    AndybradleyUK

    Sep 30, 2010
    Once a year sounds good. If you buy a new bass get it set up straight away, they always set the action a bit high so you don't reject it because the strings rattle.
     
  7. I set my bass up every 20 mins or so..
     
  8. puddin tame

    puddin tame

    Aug 14, 2010
    I do my own 'setting up' which basically consists of getting the action how I like it followed by setting the intonation.

    Is it really worth taking it to a pro? is there a bunch of stuff i'm missing?
     
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