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through body srtringing

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mat gregory, Dec 26, 2004.


  1. what difference does this make to the tone and playability of a bass?
     
  2. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    none with modern quality construction. My fretted 5 string can be strung either way... ZERO change in tone or feel IME.
     
  3. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    My experience exactly.
     
  4. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    It looks cool though :bassist: heh.
     
  5. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile

    well.... that wasn't the question :smug:

    yes my bass that goes either way is strung through because it can :bassist:
     
  6. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Same my Godin can be either way and i string it through. I mean, why not?
     
  7. 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.
     
  8. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    toms_river.nj.us
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    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.
     
  9. vene-nemesis

    vene-nemesis Banned

    Jul 17, 2003
    Bilbao España
    maybe those had better construction that what youve already played.
     
  10. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Makes re-using strings harder and leave more marks... :p
     
  11. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    I dont really re-use strings, and i have in the past and its ok, the marks get bent out :p
     
  12. b3zsgirl

    b3zsgirl

    Jun 16, 2004
    Houston, TX
    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.
     
  13. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Lucky one...
    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...
     
  14. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    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.
     
  15. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Quite true. Ive never used taperwounds but i could see how that would defeat teh purpose.
     
  16. b3zsgirl

    b3zsgirl

    Jun 16, 2004
    Houston, TX
    Don't you just have to make sure they are the longer length if that is the case?