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Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Thebasshero95, Jan 23, 2012.
I am thinking about getting a new bridge I am wondering is it worth getting.
It depends on the quality and fit of the bridge you have on it. If it is of poor quality and a poor fit than yes.
There's a good chance a decent new bridge will cost more than your student bass did. I say use that money to save up for a new bass, or if the bridge I'd defective, see if you can get a salvaged one (if it's a Fender bent plate type).
this Kolstein Adjustable Upright Bass Bridge with Hardwood Adjusters at Gollihur Music - Double Bass, Upright Bass, String Bass Specialists
compared to the adjustable bridge that came with my glaesel db 673
my bass cost me around $1400 to $1700
Oh, totally my bad. Didn't notice the forum I was posting in. Just scrolling through the "current" threads list on my phone.
I'll close the door behind me now.
What's wrong with Your current bridge?
Nothing I was planing on upgrading to a 5k bass (the Wan Bernadel from string emporium) and since I have no money to pay for it I was upgrading my setup on my current bass to have a more professinal setup to raise the value and sell it to help me pay for the new one I am trying to get.
In my view you are better off saving your money. I doubt that you will actually profit from the upgrades, especially once you pay for fitting.
Is the bridge adjustable? If not, then adding adjusters to the existing bridge is an affordable upgrade that makes logical sense on most basses, and the luthier could double check the quality of the fit at this point.
I've noticed that there is generally an "if it ain't broke don't fix it" mentality about parts upgrades on DB. When people talk about the quality of the setup, they are usually talking about what can be done with the existing wood if possible. For a student bass, it would probably amount to checking the string height at the nut and bridge, and checking the fingerboard for trouble spots.
IMO silly to upgrade the bridge just to sell the bass. Unless it really is an awful bridge.
If you like, lightly sand the face of the bridge with fine sandpaper to clean off the gunk and make it look nicer. Yes, check nut and bridge slots, clean the back of the neck, and behind it's ears. Check the endpin works and doesn't stick. Check the tuners work. Check the strings are OK not kinked or frayed or caked in rosin. You want it to look and feel nice.
When you've done all that you might not be in such a hurry to sell it!
Best way to improve your sound... even better than buying a new bridge or endpin...
is to practice lots and work on your tone, technique, and attack.
wait for it...
Getting a teacher.
+1 This is solid advice.
Has your current bass been to a local bass luthier since it arrived at your door from the seller?
From your other post in the Basses folder, you said your current bass was hard to play, mainly because, according to you, the neck was thin. Having your current bass properly set up by a bass luthier will make it easier to play and sound better (won't change the neck). This may mean you could still grow on it for a year longer while you save up, and will sound/feel better to the next potential buyer. The luthier could work with the bridge currently on your bass. There is no point in buying a bridge off the Internet and then handing it to him, especially if it has already been cut to have adjusters installed.
Have you tried a Wan Bernadel in person? Do you know you'll actually like it? There are two for sale in the Classifieds section, maybe one of them is near you.
thanks unfortunatly no neither of the wans for sale are near me. About my bass I actually purchased it from a old lady whose son plays bass but temporarily quit while he was in college. The bass is about 14 yrs old but was basically brand new when I purchased it so im pretty sure it wasnt set up professionaly by a luthier.