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String through Fender P.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by G19Tony, Jul 12, 2018.


  1. G19Tony

    G19Tony

    Apr 27, 2018
    Las Vegas, NV
    I'm getting the urge for:

    American Professional Precision Bass®

    I like Fenders and I will not lie. What are the benefits of a string through? Or is it just another way to put strings on a bass.

    Thanks for your input. :thumbsup:
     
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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    The advantages (whether imaginary or not is a separate discussion) are said to be increased sustain and improved tone through better acoustic coupling of the strings to the body.
     
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  3. In other words, it's just another way to put strings on a bass :smug:
     
  4. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I like to think I can tell a difference. ;) Maybe just a preference since that's how my first bass was strung...
     
  5. JakobT

    JakobT

    Jan 9, 2014
    Oslo, Norway
    I just think string-through looks cool. :D
     
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  6. soulman969

    soulman969 SUSPENDED

    Oct 6, 2011
    Englewood, Colorado
    And yet another question without a single answer.

    Some will hear a difference, some will feel a difference, and others will not. There are a whole lot of variables going into all of this including no two basses or guitars are ever 100% identical.

    I play both and I'm among those who would say there isn't enough difference to worry about. It's more about preference and also string selection as some strings won't work with string through bodies.

    There are also basses which can be strung either way.
     
  7. G19Tony

    G19Tony

    Apr 27, 2018
    Las Vegas, NV
    Can one put flats on a string through bass?
     
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  8. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Like all features purported to have advantages unsupported by evidence, the benefit is the manufacturer gets to include it on more expensive models to partially justify higher costs so they can make money.
     
  9. I don't see why not.

    Now about the difference, I think (and not sure how much is imagination so... ) I noticed slightly more tension on the thru body.
    But I don't think I could tell on a blindfold test
     
  10. bkbirge

    bkbirge

    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    I like to think that my bass playing is so awesome that if it wasn't for string through holding them extra tight the strings would just fly off the bass causing multiple orgasms.
     
  11. hyp.spec

    hyp.spec Supporting Member

    May 14, 2006
    Warren, MI
    I have a Precision Pro and have tried string through and top load. String through will give you a tiny, and I mean TINY bit more tension, but I found no differences in tone.

    With string through you also run the risk of twisted strings if you don't string them properly, and for that reason alone I prefer top load. Enough so that I've replaced the stock bridge with a HipShot FM3.
     
  12. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Some LaBellas you absolutely can not. I for one, much prefer through the bridge for a more gentle breakover angle across the bridge saddles. Stringing flats through the body will pull the flat ribbon outer wrap apart over the top of the bridge saddles due to the sharp breakover angle and also jam the wrap together underneath. It's an ugly thing. Many say so what and that it makes no difference. To me it does. There is a lot of commentary on both sides of the issue in the strings forum.
     
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  13. murmur70

    murmur70

    May 3, 2017
    Indiana
    I have Fender flats on my string through Sting Precision.
     
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  14. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    I have one and recommend it highly. :thumbsup: NBD: Fender American Profesional Precision
    As far as string options go, you can do both at the same time and make up your own mind. I put G&D through body and A&E through the bridge. I could tell no difference in tone or sustain. I have come to the conclusion that I like my strings strung through the bridge, so that's what I do.;)
     
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  15. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    Some yes, some no.


    FWIW, one of my P’s is string through and I use the top load option.
     
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  16. AngelCrusher

    AngelCrusher Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    Just to be honest, I have had string throughs and I do not see a benefit at all. Maybe the tension is a bit tighter, which can be nice for a B string, but other than that I prefer top load.

    To add, you may have to buy longer strings, which can make things a real pain too.
     
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  17. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    I have 5 Pbasses and only one has string thru and it's a Lakland I can't tell any difference in tone, feel etc.
     
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  18. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Supporting Member

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    Standard long scale strings fit just fine you just have less to trim after its wound...
     
  19. garp

    garp

    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    If you ain't got string through, you ain't got ferrules. Go ahead, say it out loud: Ferrules. Feh-RULES. Yeah, it's Latin. And yeah, no one talks Latin any more.
     
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  20. AngelCrusher

    AngelCrusher Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    I had issues, but now I just remembered that my string though bass was also a 35inch scale. So I retract my former statement. Haha.
     
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