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String-thru, or not. What's the tone diff?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by brock29609, Jul 18, 2003.


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  1. brock29609

    brock29609 4 strings, 2 wheels

    May 11, 2003
    Greenville, SC
    My Deluxe USA Jazz gives me the option of stringing through the body, or just through the bridge. I've always strung it through the body. How could I expect it to sound different if I put the strings just through the bridge?
     
  2. String throughbody, it puts a bit more tension over the saddles giving the striss a bit more tension, which makes them less floppy
     
  3. Killdar

    Killdar

    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    why not try it out and see for yourself?
     
  4. Eric Cioe

    Eric Cioe

    Jun 4, 2001
    Missoula, MT
    Putting your strings through the body also makes the breaking angle pretty small... If you look at strings that anchor in the bridge, they are almost flat over the saddles. Through body, they have a much smaller angle, and I think that would cause the string to be more prone to breaking.

    My bass is top load only, and even if you could put them through the body I still wouldn't for that above reason.
     
  5. FretNoMore

    FretNoMore * Cooking with GAS *

    Jan 25, 2002
    The frozen north
    I have tried both on my Fender Precision 5, and I must say the difference was much less than I hoped or anticipated. Actually I don't think I heard any. I started stringing the bass through the bridge only because I have only broken one string in my whole life and that was the E-string on the Fender. I believe it was because of strains I put on the severely angled string bend over the saddle when I was doing intonation adjustments that caused the string to weaken and then break.
     
  6. Taylor Livingston

    Taylor Livingston Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    Louisiana, US
    Owner, Iron Ether Electronics
    There is already a very long thread on this.
     
  7. brock29609

    brock29609 4 strings, 2 wheels

    May 11, 2003
    Greenville, SC
    really? where? i'd love to read it. Did a search and couldn't find any.
     
  8. geshel

    geshel

    Oct 2, 2001
    Seattle
    No, it does not.

    THere have been threads about this before. Look them up (both of you).
     
  9. Taylor Livingston

    Taylor Livingston Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    Louisiana, US
    Owner, Iron Ether Electronics
  10. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga



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