Re: louder/better action? what strings?

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Posted by Royston on August 22, 2000 at 16:38:35:

In Reply to: louder/better action? what strings? posted by Tim on July 31, 2000 at 12:46:47:

: Hey all...

: I have a semi-crappy Lidl 3/4 bass I use for outdoor festivals is stiff and quiet...I was hoping some lighter strings and better action would make it louder and more playable....any suggestions?

: tim

: ps...if you could also email a copy of the response that would be superb

If you put lighter strings on your bass with the same action, the strings will be at a lower tension - ie "floppier" - to play at the same pitch, but quieter. If you put lighter strings on your bass and raise the action, it's a matter of luck whether the bass will be louder or not. If you play mostly at festivals, what is your set-up? What pick-up do you use? Do you block the f - holes with foam rubber to minimise feedback? Where do you put your amplifier? I've played a few festivals myself and I no longer have a problem with feedback or lack of volume.

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