Re: String gauges.

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Posted by rumblethump on November 26, 2000 at 10:42:24:

In Reply to: Re: String gauges. posted by Deman on November 25, 2000 at 02:07:54:

1. Do the D'addarios have tapered ends? The stock Carvin/LaBellas have a tapered B string. 2. With a change to larger strings,
you WILL have to adjust the truss rod because of more string tension. No biggie. There were instructions included with your bass if you bought it new on how to do it. After restringing and tuning, look down your neck from the headstock. If
it bowed forward more than just slightly (some people like no relief, but I
find that I get too much fret buzz), remove the truss rod cover (I ususally have to slacken the A string so I can get the wrench in) and turn it no more than 1/4 turn. Retune the A string and check again. Repeat until desired relief is obtained. I have to adjust the truss rod at least twice a year due to climate changes. Feel free to E-mail me if you have any more questions.

: : I notice that D'addario's low B string medium gauge is heavier than most brands. My new Carvin BB75 comes with Carvin strings .045, .065, .085, .105 and .128. I've just bought a D'addario XL medium gauge set and it comes .050, .070, .085, .105 and .135. How would affect this gauge differences (especially that of the low B) to my bass? should i setup my bass again? i can adjust action and intonation, but a truss rod adjustment seems very complicated to me. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

: Hey...on a fairly new bass that was well set up, that change shouldn't hurt the action noticably...that is, shouldn't. If it does, follow the link below and read the destructions on checking and adjusting the truss rod. it's more towards guitars in the checking department, but the rules hold true, and the adjustment part is exactly the same. The one big difference on a gauge change like that is string tension. Especially if you have a 34" scale neck, the bigger strings will give you a little more string tension, so it won't feel so "floppy." It can also make the sound cleaner and more defined, less of the "whump-whump" sound that you get as you play a sting and de-tune it as the string vibrates, more of the smoother, truer note. As to setting up again...usually it is a good idea, especially if you are changing gauges...hope all goes well, come back here if it doesn't. :)
: Deman

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