Posted by Andy Seed on October 22, 2001 at 09:15:57:
In Reply to: Re: sad bass situation posted by Jeff Utter on October 21, 2001 at 14:31:27:
: : : Could you tell me what is different in the setup? i know there's nothing i can chance w/ the soundpost.. but the Bridge/strings, i can probably get my teacher to all me to adjust, if it would make THAT big of a differance
: : : I need to do something, because i've sort of hit a wall, where i can't get any better, and i think it's mostly because of the instrument. I know that since i got my new electric bass, i've gotten a good deal better on that. However, i havne barley progressed at all on the accoustic in the last year or two.
: : : Also, There's no way, me, or my parents could afford a decent accoustic bass.... my dad saw a $600 Carlo Robelli bass in a magazine, and he wants me to get that, but i'm sure it's a piece of garbage.
: : : Thanks again,
: : : Jeff Utter
: : Jeff, the difference between a jazz and an orchestral bass is mostly in the strings/bridge. Jazz Strings are brighter and have a longer sustain. Also the bridge is much closer to the fingerboard. My guess is that your playing on cheap school hybrid strings. (Red Label or worse) Also, your bridge is probably to high, and to start with most school intruments are crappy anyhow. There's probably not a lot you can do about the strings. Check to make sure you have all of the right strings though. A "d" tunes to a "g" will play terribly. If this is the case, use a good string off a "dead" bass of the same size. Also, if your bridge is adjustable you could lower it. That's about all you can do. As for chea
Jeff , You can't just take a bridge from one bass and put it on another as the feet are shaped to follow the contours of individual basses . If you were lucky enough to find a bass with similar belly contours to the one you are playing the chances are that the bridge crown wil be wrong for your fingerboard profile . This isn't a problem if the bridge is too high ( you can take some off the top and re-profile it ) but if it's too low it's of no use at all .
You are better off getting a new bridge ( anywhere from $30 to $150 from Lemur Music at www.lemurmusic.com ) they're not expensive , they're easy to fit ( if you know how - if you want to know e-mail me and I'll tell you ) and I'm damned sure that your school CAN afford $30 for a bridge - if they tell you they can't then they're lying to you !
Best of luck ,
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