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String through body or bridge.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Broadstbully22, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. Broadstbully22


    Dec 5, 2011
    I recently got a American fender jazz. My first. I've always played mims and never had the chance to run the strings though the body. So when I set it up I did just because I could. But now I wonder what's the difference and why do people do it both ways?
  2. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Can't say I can tell much difference.
  3. Josh Thatguy

    Josh Thatguy Registered abUser Supporting Member

    Personal experience with string-throughs (though not Fender) has been tone with more body (pun halfway intended) and more sustain.
    To me, it's the same concept as an aftermarket bridge (on non-string-thru designs) such as Badass or Babicz or even Fender's HighMass; more material on each end of the strings=more sustain and ballz.

    At the other end of the (string) scale, there's a couple of companies that use metal flourishes on the end of the headstock, and I think it's Fender that has a clip-on aftermarket headstock piece to add mass (and sustain), though I'd have to expend the enormously exhausting task of checking Google or Ebay for the name of the piece.
  4. Danno1985


    Aug 27, 2012
    Milwaukee, WI
    It's called the "Fat Finger".
  5. R&B

    R&B Both kinds of music: Rhythm AND Blues! Supporting Member

    Interesting...my sustain champ is my MIM FSR Jazz which is string-through-bridge. That sucker will hold any note until you tell it to stop. So I dunno. Can you imagine if it had string-through-body?? Perpetual motion! :D
  6. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    My Ibanez ASB140 w/ Darkstar is pretty sustainy.