View Full Version : is Bass set up just like guitar
06-03-2011, 12:37 PM
Someone asked to do a set up on their bass - said action was too high
I assume this is not any different than setting up a guitar...?
06-03-2011, 01:28 PM
You can't set the action as low as you can on a guitar because the strings need more room to vibrate.
06-06-2011, 02:04 AM
It's not much different than setting up a guitar.
Just make sure to check the web to see what the stock string and pickup height settings are and go from there. If you can't seem to find them, just adjust each string height according to the neck radius and lower/raise the saddles until it is comfortable for your friend and you don't get buzz (or too much buzz) and don't fret-out higher up the neck.
Personally, when my action is too high on a bass it usually means:
1. I have changed my string gauge/brand (affects the tension on the neck)
2. I have set the bridge saddles too high and/or the nut needs to be filed
3. My neck has too much relief
4. The neck needs to be shimmed
5. I am using an aftermarket bridge that sits higher on the bass and the neck needs to be shimmed and/or the saddles lowered to compensate
06-06-2011, 06:33 PM
Give us some numbers for relief and action height.
10-22-2011, 12:50 PM
Similar, but they have differences. Always just remember to set neck relief BEFORE adjusting the bridge saddles for action.
10-23-2011, 04:43 PM
You can get Fender setup specs (neck relief, string height) on their website. Theoretically they should work on any instrument with the same scale length.
11-12-2011, 06:05 AM
First thing I thought when I read this title was, no its easyer as you dont have to adjust any nob for ego.
Most bass guitar companys will tell you their factory setup on their web page or if you email them. My setup is similar to how fender do them at the factory but just a fraction lower.
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