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Re: Mixed signals: harmless or potential instrument destruction?!?!


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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on June 29, 2001 at 06:41:54:

In Reply to: Mixed signals: harmless or potential instrument destruction?!?! posted by nick danger on June 28, 2001 at 12:29:29:

: You know, I posted about this a few weeks ago, and the response was basically "try messing with the truss rod. You cant really mess it up if you just turn it a little. Dont be afraid to adjust your instrument" and now from you Im hearing "never touch the truss rod. You can really mess up your instrument."

: Whats the deal? Yes or no?

Nick,
Truss rod adjustments aren't difficult to do, but tricky to do *right*.

The big problem with truss rod adjustments is that people try to do too much too soon; *any* adjustment needs to be done no more than 1/4 turn at a time, and then it needs time to *settle in* before making another adjustment.

The people who run into problems run into them because they don't give the neck time to settle.

: And as far as buzzing goes -- I like a degree of buzzing. It gives you that percussive bite that makes playing with roundwound stings worthwhile. Does your friend whose bass you are borrowing like the sound as well? Does he approve of your adjusting it?

Are you talking about buzzing from the brightness of the roundwound strings or fret buzz, though?

Fret buzz means that your string is making contact with a fret as it vibrates; it can affect intonation, and can have an adverse effect on the tone.

Hope that helps!

-Bob



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