That whole PLEK'D thing

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by B String, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I might need some help understanding this process. I believe it
    can give perfectly done frets and intonation. As I understand
    it, this process also gives the optimum string height for feel
    and sound.
    What I don't quite understand is....When this process is done,
    what if you don't like the feel of the instrument? Can you get
    lower or higher action than the plek'd process gives you, and
    still be able to take advantage of this process, or is the idea
    to just get used to the action and neck relief the process
    gives you?
  2. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Inactive

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    I'm pretty sure it can be tweaked to the individual's preferences.
  3. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    In a nutshell, the plek machine basically only levels the frets to a perfect consistancy.
    The setup tech still sets your bridge height and neck relief just like before. So yes, you can set higher or lower action to whatever you want.
  4. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    On the Youtube video I saw, it looked like the plek'd system
    gives you the proper neck relief and nut height, etc.
    These have a huge effect on string height and feel of the
    bass. If you ignore the information the Plek'd system gives you
    as the optimum feel and height of strings and neck relief,
    whats the use of spending the money, other than to have a
    really good fret filling?
  5. i hate username

    i hate username

    Jan 9, 2006
    would there be any point in pleking a new instrument or is it ment for older ones.
  6. Rocky McD

    Rocky McD

    Jun 28, 2005
    San Antonio, Texas
    After watching the videos several times, my understanding is: The Pleck machine does not adjust the neck. The operator will set the neck, with truss rod tension, as near as possible to "flat" before putting the bass in the Pleck. The machine grinds and polishes each fret to a precise height "above the fretboard" and contours each fret to the same radius. Then a setup will be done in a normal manner. The pleck process is a good thing but cannot repair a poor neck. If you want to add bow or change string height to the finished neck, that is not a problem, but defeats the purpose. IMO