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thru body strings???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by noweapon, Jul 27, 2000.

  1. noweapon


    Feb 10, 2000
    I'm thinking of drilling holes through the body of my Ibenez SGR 6. I saw someone who did this with a SGR 5 (b & e strings only) and he said it really helped out the sustain and tone. He kept the factory bridge and drilled the hole right through the metal. Does running strings through the body really help?? I'm seeing a lot of makers doing this, even Fender. I would think that once the string runs over the sadle the vibration is pretty dead, and running the string through won't do much more than the bridge itself..What do you folks think??
  2. Bob Gollihur

    Bob Gollihur GollihurMusic.com

    Mar 22, 2000
    Cape of New Jersey
    Big Cheese Emeritus: Gollihur Music (retired)
    I played a strings-mounted-thru-body bass for many years (fretless Gibson Ripper) and liked it's sound. Some will tell you it makes no difference; but as you say, many are doing it now.

    When I owned a fretless Epiphone EBM5 I drilled all five strings so I could mount them through-body. I think it made a difference, but since I, of course, didn't A/B it, it's hard to say whether the feel and sustain was my imagination or not.

    Keep in mind that doing so may require longer strings-- depends on what you use for ferrules on the back side. Carvin's are long, so the strings really don't go fully through the body. Stewart-McDonald sells ones that are only as deep as the string ball, which is what I used.

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  3. You are thinking correctly.

    It's voodoo bass tech.

    While a down angle at the headstock and strings bent over the bridge and secured on the back of the bass may make the strings feel tighter (and that's a subjective feeling: IF they were tighter, the lbs/ft of increased tension would change the pitch!), it makes no difference in sustain. Period. All the business take place south of the nut and north of the bridge saddles, the 'speaking length'. Put the drill away, and save yourself the expense of buying XL length strings.

    It's fashion.
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  4. 17 years is a pretty impressive necro, dude. Well done. Welcome to TB!

  5. I would NEVER do that any of my Ibanez SRs!
    You won't notice any difference in sound, and all you will have accomplished is limiting your string choice.
    There's nothing wrong with top load, and it's far more convenient.
  6. Blind, as is obviously apparent, I did NOT read the date of the original post ! Duh . . . . . . . and thanks !
  7. el_Bajo_Verde


    May 18, 2016
    There is a subtle difference, especially with open strings. HOWEVER, with a drummer+band, no one can tell the difference.

    I prefer string-thru but cant find any tapewounds long enough for my Schecter (35" + thru-body bridge) so I will top-load my tapewounds
  8. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    I used to do that too!
    Gotta look at the last post date!:D

    Still don't understand what the big deal is though!
    If the topic is relevant......:meh:
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2017
  9. AndreasR


    Oct 23, 2012
    I think that the main difference is the break angle, which in turn maybe affects the feeling of stiffness of the string (but not the actual tension) but probably does nothing sonically.

    Anyway, why drill holes when you Cann add a (completely unobtrusive and reversible) full pocket shim. You get all the benifits of a higher break angle, without the risk of completely effing up your bass.
  10. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    After owning many, many strung both ways, I've concluded that the only noticeable difference to string-through is the extra hassle of ferrules, longer strings, and scary break angles (oh, and some broken flatwounds too). Who needs it? I'm all top-load now & forever. ...just one opinion.

    PS: Could this be some kind of zombie thread record?:thumbsup:
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2017
  11. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY Supporting Member

    Another thread lownered. OP never reported back in. Sad. I suppose we'll never know if he fell for the voodoo.
  12. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    Well, seein' as how he posted it 17 years ago you can probably understand him not waiting around for our gems of wisdom ;).
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  13. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Extra hassles? My inserts, I assume you mean ferrules, are glued in so no issue there. Standard long scale TI Flats will last a decade or more and fit perfect, as did every brand I tried [except on version of LeBella flats, but they did custom make some E's for me]. Over 30 years of playing sting thru, using LeBella, TI, Pyramid, GHS, & Fender flats and never had a string break, ever. You're certainly welcome to your opinion. And more power to ya'!

    I love the voodoo you do so well................
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  14. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    ...but of course! :)
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