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Truss Rod Alterations

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Higgie, Aug 30, 2005.

  1. Higgie


    May 31, 2005
    London, England
    I'm thinking of getting a new (cheapish) bass, replacing the nut (or filing out the original) and re-stringing it B,E,A,D from low to high. Will I need to alter the tension in the neck at all?

  2. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Yes. Anytime you change string guages you have to adjust the neck for the tension differences. Most likely you will have to straighten out the neck a bit to make up for the higher tension putting bow in the neck.
  3. AGCurry


    Jun 29, 2005
    Kansas City
    BEAD is not necessarily higher tension than EADG.
  4. What he said ^

    If you read the published specs for most strings, you'll find that the B is much lighter tension than the rest of the strings. Sometimes the E is a bit lighter as well. Overall, you'd end up with less tension on your neck, so you might have to LOOSEN the rod, rather than tighten it.

    You'll have to make some kind of adjustment, for sure.

    Example of tension specs here:
  5. Higgie


    May 31, 2005
    London, England
    Thanks guys. A friend of mine said he had put BEAD on a bass with no alterations and said it was fine, but I wanted a second opinion from more "experienced" people like yourselves. Thanks again guys ;)