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what is the best set up for someone who likes to DIG in

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by JWC, Oct 31, 2000.


  1. JWC

    JWC Banned

    Oct 4, 2000
    I used to play an Ibanez off-brand called Cimar (I think thats right). I used to dig in hard as hell to those strings and pull them and yank them every which way. Now on my new P-bass I can't play it as hard and dig in to those strings. I feel like I have to be so delicate with it. What is a good set up for me on a P bass if I like to play rough and dig in to the strings? Gauge strings? action? cut strins or wind them? nickel? steel? HELP!!!! I can't play this new bass worth a damn.
     
  2. You'll want to use medium-heavy strings--I suggest 45-65-85-105--and have a relatively high action. My rule of thumb for where your action should be is that if your truss rod has been properly adjusted, you should be able to play a note at the 12th fret on each string without any buzz.
     
  3. JWC

    JWC Banned

    Oct 4, 2000
    thanks. I will try that set up as soon as I can get the strings. any other suggestions similar to that one?
     
  4. Deynn

    Deynn Moderator Emeritus

    Aug 9, 2000
    Iowa
    WHY do you feel that you need to be delicate with the P bass?
     
  5. JWC

    JWC Banned

    Oct 4, 2000
    If I am not delicate (at least with my current set up) I get hung up on strings, my fingers slip around, etc.
     
  6. A P bass more than any other should be able to be SPANKED! I suggest your action is too low for your style. If you don't feel confident with adjusting things yourself, get a luthier or a bass specialist at a shop to set it up for you, it'll cost very little.
     
  7. JWC

    JWC Banned

    Oct 4, 2000
    I got my action raised up, but when I do spank the bass, I slip up and get caught up. I do have really skinny strings (the skinniest gauge). I think that might be it. When I do dig in on those strings, they feel all flimsy and stuff. I had skinny strings on another bass and it was fine. Guess the PBass requires heavier gauge for string abuse :L)