Re: ajusting the bridge


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Posted by Pat Harrington on March 17, 2000 at 20:14:39:

In Reply to: ajusting the bridge posted by Richy on March 16, 2000 at 04:24:10:


: Could anyone tell me what effect(s) does ajusting the bridge do? cheers.

Hi Richy, the adjustments on your bridge allow you to raise or lower your
string height, (aka "action"), and adjust your intonation. Most basses
come from the factory fairly well intonated, but you could fine tune
it with an electronic tuner to dial in the tuning on your harmonics
as well as the overall tuning of the open string. Remember, your
bridge saddles determine the overall lenth of the string, and hence,
its tuning over the bass's scale length. Changing string gauges has
an effect on string height, and to a lesser extent, the intonation. Your
instrument's neck adjustment will also affect both. If you can't get
the action you want by adjusting only the bridge, you may have to
adjust your neck for bow/flatness. If your not sure what all this means,
it's probably a good idea to take your bass to a repairman or music
store. If you have a particular string that you like and use all the time,
have the shop set up your bass accordingly with that string type/gauge,
It's usually not more than $20-30 to have this done, and you shouldn't
have to worry about doing it again for a long time, or until you change
string gauge. It's a lot of information for the newer bassist, and there
are many, many books out there on luthiery you can check out as
well. I hope this helps.


Pat H




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