Taking my bass to SamAsh for a set up

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Shroom, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Shroom


    Dec 12, 2006
    What's happening guys? I have a 5-string Warwick Corvette Double Buck that I want to lower the action/string height on, and I have a $75 gift card to SamAsh. The set-up I'm going for is kind precise, considering I play a variety of styles from fingers to picking and tapping to slapping, but I know I want the strings lowered, especially in the upper frets.

    Therefore, I ask you, TB, should I trust SamAsh techs to deal with this task? I definitely don't trust myself to do it yet, but I'm worried in the ears of some franchise guitar-tech, "low action" might just sound like "lower bridge saddles," and thus saying so might cause him to neglect the tross rod, intonation (if intonation is affected by string height), and what not. :meh:

    tl;dr Should I trust SamAsh techs to set up my bass?
  2. ihateusernames


    Jun 26, 2006
    i wouldn't - unless you know/trust the tech or have a very strong referral.
  3. Hizzoner


    Jan 6, 2005
    Chicago area
    I had a great experience with a Sam Ash employee who was a bass player..did a great job on a set up for my old '76 precision...recommended DR marcus miller strings, which I really enjoy, checked the neck, adjusted the saddle and it plays great...ask for a bass player to do your set up..
  4. What part of the world are you in? Do you have other options?
  5. It's your bass & your cash.

    I strongly recommend diving into setups on your own. It's NOT hard, it's not expensive, & you can fine-tune the bass' action to you.

    Search out some posts on setup, hit the links, ask questions, & try it. Worst case scenario (barring doing something completely opposite of advice here) is you take it in to Sam Ash to get it set up.

    If you decide to let someone else do it, I suggest going to someone a BASSIST recommends. Not a guitarist, a bassist. You don't take a motorcycle to a great car mechanic. Try to watch the tech doing it, & ask questions; this is free education.