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Re: first stringing and set up questions

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Posted by marcus johnson on December 30, 2001 at 15:50:27:

In Reply to: first stringing and set up questions posted by DBass on December 28, 2001 at 13:42:24:

: A recent electric convert, I will be stringing my Englehardt M1 rental for the first time tonight (with good strings!). I am aware that I should do this one string at a time and should be careful with the bridge placement and the sound post. Can anyone offer wisdom on the process for me?

: Also, I am considering lowering the action a little by way of filing the string slots and bridge (in a method described by Bob). Does anyone want to talk me out of this bold move?

: I restring one at a time, bass on the bed, a couple of pillows under the scroll. Pay attention to the postion of the bridge as you tighten, so it doesn't lean towards the neck or become misaligned with the cutout "points" in the ff holes. I wouldn't do any filing, because, 1)It's a rental, 2)new strings will go a long way towards improving the feel of the bass, 3) you may end up with a bunch of fingerboard buzzes that will need to be corrected by a luthier, and 4) IMHO, basses with super low actions feel and sound like crap after you develop your chops a bit, and desire a little more resistance. Bob's methods are correct; you should listen to him, but hold off on adjustments 'til you play for awhile.

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