String height adjustment

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by zacl, Apr 5, 2002.

  1. Hey everyone,

    I was wondering what the proper way to set the string height is?

    I know that you turn the screws, on each saddle, and they make it go up or down, but is there anything else that should be adjusted?

    I know that part of string height has to do with personal prefference, and how much fret-buzz you can deal with......

    So, yeah just wondering if I should know something else important to setting up my bridge height?

  2. A very brief recap: There a 3 things that effect string height... depth of the grooves in the nut (effects height from frets 1 - 5), neck relief/truss rod adjustment (effects height from frets 6 - 12), and bridge saddle height (effects height from frets 13 - 24). This is approximate... but it'll get you close.

    Have a pro set your bass up the first time... after that it will probably only need a seasonal truss rod adjustment (depending on where you live) to keep things where you like them.

    Good luck! :D