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Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Festus, Sep 12, 2008.

  1. Festus


    Dec 12, 2001
    London, England.
    I have been stuck in a rut recently and have realised that I need to change the set up on my bass to enable me to tap as if it were a Chapman Stick. I have no money to buy a stick and so I thought I would ask the good folk out there what I can do to my 4 string MM Stingray to make it more 'tappable'. I know that I want to keep my 100 80 60 40 gauge strings but get a new set and tune them BEAD.

    Any tips and ideas would be gratefully received.


  2. I think u can easily get ur neck perfectly straight, and get the strings as low as possible, till the open strings will slightly buzz
    Hope that helps.
  3. climb


    May 1, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    You need low action. I personally find that light gauge strings help.
  4. evilgus

    evilgus Supporting Member

    Feb 27, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Once you have it setup, try out an elastic hair scrunchy between the nut and first fret to keep open-string buzzing to a minimum. Norm Stockton uses them on his MTD basses, but it's basically doing the same thing as the velcro fret damper on the Stick. Might need to try a few different ones to find one that is just the right firmness and doesn't choke notes too much.



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