String Through Body or String Through Bridge?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by lijazz, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. Since owning my 2008 Fender MIA Jazz Standard, I have always installed DR Lo-Riders through the body. Even though the DRs are not taper wound, I was under the impression that they would still be fine even with a more pronounced bend angle at the saddles. Never had any problems to speak of, but lately I feel as if I have to re-tune more and more. Could this be because of stringing through body instead of through bridge and said bend angle? I love Lo-Riders and want to keep using them. Any input/advice/opinions from the TB community is welcomed.

    Thanks All.
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    tuning issues have nothing to do with that bridge, it's fine either way.

    i prefer string-through just because there's only like 3 screws holding the bridge on; anchoring the strings in the body just seems more rock-solid to me (even though it probably doesn't make a damn bit of difference).
  3. invalidprotocol

    invalidprotocol Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2008
    Old strings will do it. Or maybe just the super flexy Fender neck. My jazz is very sensitive to temp change.
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Ya, tuning problems are more about strings that aren't settled in or strung quite right. The bridge just sits there and doesn't move. And I also agree that it doesn't make a lick of difference either way. All of my basses string through the bridge. They're flying-bridge-to-the-head accidental liftoffs yet, knock on wood ;)
  5. MrLenny1


    Jan 17, 2009
    New England
    Yup, 30 years of playing basses, never had a bridge isssue.
    Sounds like neck & weather may be an issue. In New England my basses go flat, low humidity and go sharp in the summer, high humidity.
  6. Scatterblak


    May 12, 2007
    Nashville, Tennessee
    Endorsing Artist for Low End bass guitars, DNA Amplification
    On a couple of my basses, I've noticed that if I string the low B through the body, it takes about a day or so for it to hold tune, possibly because of the gauge of the string and the sudden sharp turn it has to make over the bridge - I'm guessing that it may take some time for that angle to settle in? In any case, I string my B on the bridge and the rest of the set through the body now, and all my problems went away.