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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mat gregory, Dec 26, 2004.
what difference does this make to the tone and playability of a bass?
none with modern quality construction. My fretted 5 string can be strung either way... ZERO change in tone or feel IME.
My experience exactly.
It looks cool though heh.
well.... that wasn't the question
yes my bass that goes either way is strung through because it can
Same my Godin can be either way and i string it through. I mean, why not?
Isn't the sustain supposed to be better with the string thru body design? I've played a couple of basses with string thru body and they seemed to have much better sustain. Maybe it's just me.
that was the theory in the 50s when the bridge was a piece of bent tin... but on a well built instrument it doesn't add a thing.
maybe those had better construction that what youve already played.
Makes re-using strings harder and leave more marks...
I dont really re-use strings, and i have in the past and its ok, the marks get bent out
My '73 Ripper can be strung either way, (sort of) and I think there is a slight improvement in tone by stringing it body through. It has a bad ass bridge that is really not designed to be done both ways exactly. The way the bridge is set in it, it seems to put some weird pressure on the bridge itself. It may just be the combo on the old bass, with not old style bridge. Perhaps something made in the last decade would be the same either way. I am not sure.
Good strings for sixers in Europe are quite rare. I ask my aunt to bring me DRs as I can't get them here. Also, they are 50...
One reason not to string thru-body is if you use taperwound strings. If you string-thru with those, then the tapered part of the string won't sit on the saddle, so that defeats the purpose.
Quite true. Ive never used taperwounds but i could see how that would defeat teh purpose.
Don't you just have to make sure they are the longer length if that is the case?