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

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Posted by Datsgor on August 19, 2000 at 20:46:44:

In Reply to: How do I adjust the neck on my Ibanez 300BDXR? 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!!

: Kyla

Kyla, Hi. There are a couple of things you should try before messing with the struss rod. First, lets check the neck. Hold the bass' bridge end up to your nose and look down the side of the neck towards the nut. Does it ever so slightly bow upwards? if so, this is good. If it is perfectly flat or bows down then the struss rod will have to be adjusted(do so as El Pajero said). If it bows up slightly then we are in business. You said the bridge saddles couldnt be lowerwd anymore. Is this because they are resting ON the bridge? If not then they can be lowered still. Your pickups have height adjustment screws in them. Lower the pickups as far as they will go.(this is only to check the total clearance of the strings) If you have more distance between the pickups and the strings then you do the frets and the strings then we are ready to lower the bridge saddles. Go ahead and lower those puppies if you get too loe its ok just raise em. When you have found the happy medium between high strings and fret buzz, raise those pickups a little and do some experimenting. You cant hurt anything by doing so. So have somr fun and learn hoe to work on your own bass. hope this helps......late.......john

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