Strings Actions still too high after setup

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by ydnac robert, Mar 29, 2014.

  1. ydnac robert

    ydnac robert Inactive

    Mar 29, 2014
    After follow, to my 1977 Fender P-Bass with new strings (standard bridge and all), I checked that:

    1. Intonation (Bridge saddles setup) is OK.
    2. The (trust-rod setting is OK) between the bottom of the string and the top of the 8th fret (with capo at the first fret and depress the fourth string at the last fret) is already OK (.014").

    the distance between bottom of strings and top of the 17th fret still are too high (more than recommended/standard 2.8mm at bass side and 2.4mm at treble side). Especially at the E and G strings.
    I already adjusted the bridge saddles to their lower possible position.
    But the distances are still too much (too high the strings actions).

    What's the problem?
    What should I do to make them lower, as low as what Fender Setup Guide recommended?
  2. ddnidd1

    ddnidd1 Supporting Member

  3. ydnac robert

    ydnac robert Inactive

    Mar 29, 2014
    Thanks. The Fender Setup Guide also mention about it but not as detail. Also I never done it before so thank you for the link.
  4. gard0300


    Jan 10, 2011
    Vandalia, Ohio
    Shimming the neck is an option. I had a Peavey RJIV at one time. It was a neck-thru bass. I actually had to mill the bridge saddles to get the action low enough for my tastes. Later come to find out, that this was a design flaw on Peavey's part.
  5. Slowgypsy

    Slowgypsy 4 Fretless Strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    NY & MA
    Sometimes, something so simple and obvious gets passed over. That said, loosen the strings and check that the screws holding the bridge are snug as well as the neck screws. They probably are just fine but it's worth checking.
  6. ydnac robert

    ydnac robert Inactive

    Mar 29, 2014
    OK> I'll check them
  7. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    also, try a little flatter than .014" of a gap; depending on how good the fretwork is, you might be able to get as close as .010", which will make things closer all over.

    finally, make sure the nut slots aren't too high; with everything else right, the strings should be almost as close to the first fret as they are if you capo the first fret and look at the second fret.
  8. Thanks for posting this! The link to the Strat forum and the step by step pics are really very useful.

    Cheers! :)

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