Re: set up goof

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Posted by El Pájaro on January 04, 2001 at 11:30:17:

In Reply to: set up goof posted by godster on January 04, 2001 at 09:14:41:

: Last night I picked up my tanglewood rebel 4k to have a strum
: and realised that the action on it was terrible,towards the 12 fret the strings
: were almost 2/3rds of an inch away from the fretboard..(maybe an exaggeration).....I notice this because I have been playing a musicman for a while and the action is incredible on that, with this I decieded because it wasn't my main bass (but still a pretty good one!)I would experiment with my new found set up techniques that I had been reading up on this message board so I took the cover plate off the headstock and began turning the truss rod it took a lot of turns to get the action I wanted but eventually the action was i thought!!..but today reading the message board I saw something that said you are only meant to turn the truss rod very slightly and anymore than half a turn will damage the neck and I must of turned it six or seven turns
: not completly round,just what the neck would allow..

: Do you think I have damaged the neck,I did it last night and it has been hanging all day and soon as I leave work I will get back and take some of the tension off the neck to rectify my mistake

: Is there any particuler nack to adjusting the bridge for the correct action
: I also read that the pickups can be adjusted as well
: I would really like to be able to do this myself because going to shops is just becoming to expensive ..........It can't be that hard?........can it!!

Hey there,
There's a lot of setup little adjustments you can do by yourself. Instead of explaining those to you, I'll recommend to get the November issue of Bass Player magazine, where they're explained with pictures. Perhaps the article is posted on BP's website, but I haven't checked yet. Buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix,

El Pájaro.

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