String Height at the nut...

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by cosmicevan, May 2, 2003.

  1. cosmicevan


    Feb 1, 2003
    New York
    I know that string height is a feel oriented thing as opposed to a mathematical exact number, but what are most people using for basses? What is a good height for each string (especially a low B) to get a really vibrant sound and comfortable action. I've been practicing carving new nuts and am ready to take the plundge into a new bone nut for an old bass.

    Any and all help is more than appreciated!
  2. Jon Maghini

    Jon Maghini Commercial User

    Aug 15, 2002
    USA Terryville CT.
    Owner / Builder M Basses
    I usually start at .020" using a feeler gauge to measure the height from the bottom of the string to the top of the first fret. Finished I usually end up around .012" to .016"... Be sure to take a little at a time to ensure you don't cut the slots to deep.
    Feel free to email me if you have any other questions...