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Re: how do you lower the action on a bass?

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Posted by Rich ( on October 30, 2003 at 11:10:00:

In Reply to: Re: how do you lower the action on a bass? posted by pickpunk on October 06, 2003 at 16:53:19:

: take it to a tech. that's the easiest way. they might charge u a tiny bit of money depending on where u go but if u've never ever lowered action before and have no clue how to do so its best to take it to a professional or u could risk snapping ur neck (on the guitar that is).
: If u honestly insist on doing it urself then all i can tell u is that has something to do with the bridge saddles and turning the truss rod (this is all i can tell you beacause its all i know :)

:::If you look at the bridge saddles you should see two small allen screws to either side of each string. Those will raise or lower the height (action) of the strings. Note though that this will change the intonation of the string (the balance, in other words how well the string is in tune the higher up the neck you play.) To set intonation, you need to adjust the string length with the screw going through the back of the bridge saddle (parallel to the body of the bass). Check the intonation by playing the a note at the 12th fret and then the 12th fret harmonic. If they are the same the intonation is good. Also always remember to slack up the string before you do any adjustments to the bridge saddles, and re-tune the string to check it. If you like the bass a lot and don't want to take any chances though, I'd still go to a tech.

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