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Stiff bass help

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by ERIC A, Dec 16, 2005.

  1. I have a 7/8 Eastman carved bass that I find has a very stiff feel. I own a 7/8 Christopher bass with the same set-up as the Eastman, but is a pleasure to play. I use a combination of steel and gut on both, but they feel completely different. The Christopher's bridge is jacked up to give it the right feel. However, the Eastman is set-up like I have Starks on it. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    What strings are on the Eastman?
  3. The E & A are obligato's, and the D & G are Lenzner gut's.

  4. nicklloyd

    nicklloyd Supporting Member/Luthier

    Jan 27, 2002
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Wow... and it plays stiff? Is this a flatback or carved back? Has the bass been setup professionally? Maybe you need some soundpost t.l.c.?

  5. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    Brewster, NY, USA
    Check the fingerboard camber (scoop). I bet it's deep.
  7. b1644


    Aug 24, 2005
    Northern Ontario
    How does the mensur of the Eastman compare to the Christopher?

    If it's longer the strings will be at a higher tension and feel stiffer.

    Also, if the strings are a heavy-gauge they'll be higher-tension and will feel stiffer than medium's.

    - Martin V.