Re: stiff & unresponsive

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Posted by Rich Laird on October 18, 2000 at 16:07:34:

In Reply to: Re: stiff & unresponsive posted by David Landoni on October 17, 2000 at 18:29:12:

: : : 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.

: Dave

The raised saddle was the first thing that came to mind for me. And I know that the soundpost can make a world of difference for sound, eveness, and all kinds of things.

Just out of curiosity...I have had a couple of instruments that did not have raised saddles. Instead, they were fitted with sort of high-tech tailpiece wires where there's only a single strand of wire going accross the saddle. I'm not sure if it's more or less effective as a raised saddle (would depend I'm sure on the height of the raised saddle for one thing). But it seems to work really well.

I don't recall ever seeing this single-wire set-up on any other basses (and don't devote a lot of time to examining peoples' tailpieces either). I was just wondering whether any other bass players had any experience with this set-up and what your impressions might be.

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