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  posted on 9/21/2007 at 11:56 AM
Hey y'all I went and bought A Bass guitar, A washburn chinese made (lyons). It sounds good but
The action seems a bit high. (of course I'm used to my PRS custom 24 with ultra low setup for shredding)

How high should the action be on a bass? I realize strings are thicker longer and need more room
to move than guitar strings but how low do you go?

 

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  posted on 9/21/2007 at 12:27 PM
Do you have a ruler that measures 1,000th's (metric)/ 64th's (standard)? They're around $6 out of stew mac.

When setting the action at the 12th fret the string height should be 2/32" on the treble side to 5/64" on the bass side.

 

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  posted on 9/21/2007 at 06:38 PM
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Do you have a ruler that measures 1,000th's (metric)/ 64th's (standard)? They're around $6 out of stew mac.

When setting the action at the 12th fret the string height should be 2/32" on the treble side to 5/64" on the bass side.



at what frets should these measurements be made?

 

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  posted on 9/22/2007 at 07:01 AM
12th, as some people say, twelfth

 

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  posted on 9/25/2007 at 10:50 AM
How can I can have 2 sets of measurements at the same fret????


I know when setting the bridge height on my PRS unfretted the string height at the 12 fret is 2/32"

to set the neck relief fret the first fret and the 24th string at the same time. and measure .010 at the
8 th fret.


Shouldn't their be a similar set of measurements for setting the neck relief and bridge on basses.?


not trying being a smart guy, I just don't understand what you have said so far?

 

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  posted on 9/25/2007 at 11:15 AM
REread your post, I think I understand that they are unfretted string heights for high and low strings at the 12 fret.

great. Thanks

But what this bass guitar really needs in the truss rod set right. Too much bow. needs tightened

but how straight would you set this neck. Similarly to the PRS guitar neck measurements I mention above.

thanks again.

 

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  posted on 9/25/2007 at 12:16 PM
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REread your post, I think I understand that they are unfretted string heights for high and low strings at the 12 fret.

great. Thanks

But what this bass guitar really needs in the truss rod set right. Too much bow. needs tightened

but how straight would you set this neck. Similarly to the PRS guitar neck measurements I mention above.

thanks again.




The neck should have enough relief to get those measurements but not buzz when played at the first few frets. If neck relief seems right you should adjust the saddles to achieve the proper string height. Lower the strings at the saddles while the neck is at the right relief & you'll have a good player.

BTW even unfretted you will have different measurements at the twelfth fret due to string thickness being greatly different from high to low.

 

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  posted on 9/25/2007 at 04:05 PM
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BTW even unfretted you will have different measurements at the twelfth fret due to string thickness being greatly different from high to low.


Yeah I understood that at second glance.

I was looking for measurements for the neck relief set by the truss rod before adjusting the bridge
to get the numbers you quoted for string height.

I think the .010 " relief I use for my regular guitar neck would not be high enough for heavier bass strings.
They would buzz that low.

Anyone have a good number to use for a bass neck?





 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 10:28 AM
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The neck should have enough relief to get those measurements but not buzz when played at the first few frets. If neck relief seems right you should adjust the saddles to achieve the proper string height. Lower the strings at the saddles while the neck is at the right relief & you'll have a good player.



That's what I did. It's not as flat as my guitars which Is .010 more like .015 on the bass neck relief.
Once I did that and brought the saddles down and adjusted the intonation
things are looking much sweeter now.

Thanks for the advice!

 

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  posted on 10/19/2007 at 03:43 PM
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The neck should have enough relief to get those measurements but not buzz when played at the first few frets. If neck relief seems right you should adjust the saddles to achieve the proper string height. Lower the strings at the saddles while the neck is at the right relief & you'll have a good player.



That's what I did. It's not as flat as my guitars which Is .010 more like .015 on the bass neck relief.
Once I did that and brought the saddles down and adjusted the intonation
things are looking much sweeter now.

Thanks for the advice!




I'd love to hear that puppy barkin'!

[Edited on 10/19/2007 by slowhand6]

 

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  posted on 10/29/2007 at 11:59 PM
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Thanks for the advice!




I'd love to hear that puppy barkin'!


Barkin pretty good right now, scared the Cat right out of the music room!

 

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  posted on 11/4/2007 at 08:23 AM
Sweet!

 

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