Re: high action on new bass


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Posted by Rich Laird on December 30, 2001 at 13:27:55:

In Reply to: high action on new bass posted by bassbob on December 28, 2001 at 17:45:15:

: just purchased a new englehardt swing master bass and set the bridge to
: the marks . string action is really high compared to other older basses
: that i look at . just how low can i adjust this bridge and still be in the safe zone ? thanks for the advice !

Hi Bob...

I guess I'm not sure what "marks" you are referring to. Unless you have some experience with fitting bridges, I would strongly advise you against screwing around with the bridge yourself.

I WOULD advise you to take the instrument to a good luthier for set-up and adjustment. If it was sold to you as a properly set-up bass (i.e. from a dealer or luthier), then you should be able to go back to the seller and have them adjust the bridge at no charge. Otherwise, GET THEE TO A LUTHIER!!

I also think an adjustable bridge is a really good thing to have on any bass. It sounds like your bridge needs some work anyway. If it was mine, would have adjusters put in it. As far as I'm concerned, they're absolutely essential.

From what I understand, Englehardts are not shipped in ready-to-play condition. I don't know where you got yours but if it was not from a dealer or luthier, chances are you may want some other work done on it, e.g. dressing the fingerboard and getting the shellac off the neck. Take a look at www.hammondashley.com. Look at all the stuff they do to a new Englehardt to get it ready to play. I'm not saying that all of that is absolutely essential - it's up to you, of course.

Best of Luck and Happy New Year


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