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Stingray 5HH setup measurements

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sonicnuance, Mar 14, 2008.

  1. sonicnuance

    sonicnuance Commercial User

    Aug 30, 2003
    California, USA
    Engineer & Owner, Sonic Nuance Electronics
    I've been trying to get a setup I like (I wasn't happy with the factory setup of the pickup heights in particular). I'd love to hear from other's what works for them even though I realize it is subjective. Here is the setup I found works the best in terms of playability,
    tonal variation with pickup settings and string-to-string evenness:

    (all measurements for action and pickup height taken when wearing
    instrument and putting ruler behind string (ie. for the B string the
    ruler would be on the 12th fret on the E side of the B string (but
    abutting it)).

    I like the neck relief to be very small if not zero.

    Action as measured at the 12th & 17th frets
    B - 3/32"
    E - 3/32"
    A - 3/32"
    D - 3/32"
    G - 3/32"

    There is a bit of fret "clank" and "buzz" when pushed hard with these
    settings, but I've found that this is part of the tone of the
    stringray. With no buzz and the action high, the bass just sounds
    dead to me.

    Pickup height (measured from bottom of string closest to the pickup to
    the closest point directly below the string on the pickup):

    Bridge: B string to Pickup - 5/32"
    G string to Pickup - 4/32"
    Neck : B string to Pickup - 6/32"
    G string to Pickup - 5/32"

  2. Ostinato

    Ostinato Guest

    Feb 7, 2005
    Toronto ON
    Action for me I measure at the seventeenth fret is 5/64" for all strings...that's a nice medium/low action with no fret buzz

    Pickup height, I take the recommended settings of 3/16" for the bridge pickup and 1/4" for the neck and tilt the E string side down 1/32" making it 7/32" under the E for the bridge pickup and 9/32" under the E for the neck pickup

    Like this:

    Bridge: E string to Pickup - 7/32"
    G string to Pickup - 6/32"
    Neck : E string to Pickup - 9/32"
    G string to Pickup - 8/32"

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