Re: stiff & unresponsive

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Posted by David Landoni on October 17, 2000 at 18:29:12:

In Reply to: Re: stiff & unresponsive posted by David Kaczorowski on October 17, 2000 at 11:57:36:

: : My 5 year old german carved bass seems stiff and unresponsive - it seems
: : thick and not alive - I've had my luthier make adjustments and I've tried
: : different types of string sets -
: : - what can I do short of buying a different bass that responds quickly
: : to my liking?

Alex, I had the same problem with my bass. I had a new (longer) post cut, and also moved it away from the bridge by about 1/4 of an inch. This opened my bass up tremendously, and gave it more of a focused tone and quicker response. I have kept the old post for winter use. As far as the tension goes, I replaced my aluminum bridge adjusters with ebony adjusters. This made a big difference in tension, and gave the bass a more supple feel. Of course, alot depends on the type of strings that you are using, climate,etc.

Another way to loosen tension may be to have your luthier install a raised or "false" saddle.

I hope this is of some help to you.


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