How do I adjust the neck on my Ibanez 300BDXR?

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Posted by Kyla on August 19, 2000 at 11:37:34:

Hi Bass Enthusiasts!

I am new to bass, just started. I bought an Ibanez bass, a Soundgear, which I got a great deal on, and am very happy with as my first bass. (Small hands!!) However, I have noticed that the action on the strings varies from the top of the neck to the bottom... The action at the bottom is pretty high, and being a beginner with weakish fingers at this point, it hurts my hand. When I stand my bass up and look sideways at it, I can see the strings kind of slanting away from the neck as they go down towards the bridge.

SO....Is there a way I can adjust the neck back about 5-7 degrees so the action at the bottom is the same as at the top? (I've looked at the way the strings leave the bridge and I don't think I can take them down anymore on that end because they are close enough to the pickups already.) BTW - The neck is a bolt-on.

Another question I need help with - someone told me in passing I need to adjust the bridge so I can tune with harmonics. I have tried this, but I can't get it to work, so I think this person may be right. Any idea how to do this? Is there a book that would describe all this?

Thanks for your help!!


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