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Truss Rod and Tuning

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Purple_Coyote, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. Hello!
    Three months ago, l bought for my 5-string Cort Curbow a new set of strings (d'addarioXL). Then l joined a doom/stoner band. The 2 guitars and me, tune our instruments at C standard. The way l tune my 5-string bass is: from B.E.A.D.G. --> C.F.A#.D#.G.
    So, l tune half a tone up instead of going 4 down. The type of my strings is "fat" (l remember they had on store available and a thiner version). After these tree months, l think my bass neck needs to be re adjusted, because when l play on the first fret of every string the sound is weird. And also when i switch back to standard tuning, it feels like all strings are on the neck and they feel very loose when playing. Soooo.. any advice? Is truss rod the problem?
  2. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    Before you tinker with anything, watch these four videos:

    Also read the setup stickies at the top of this thread. Then you will be able to better diagnose the problem.
  3. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2006
    What is weird? Does it buzz? Waver? How does it sound different?
    Of course it does. There is less tension on the strings.
    It might be the solution. Not enough data here to diagnose anything.
  4. I messed with my truss rod, fixed the issue. :hyper:
  5. Extra tension will bow the neck more, it needs adjusted to remove fret-buzz.