Strings Through Body - Is this good?

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  1. JoeYello

    JoeYello Supporting Member

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    What are the advantages of a string through body bass? I have a Precision with it and one without. I don't notice much tonal difference. Is it just a feel thing? More tension with the string through body?
     
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    I've plenty of string through body,through bridge and top loading basses, easy 20+ of each. Can't say I've noticed the slightest bit of difference :)

    Some folks will claim it makes a huge difference,some will bring forth graphic and seismograph readings as proof.
    All very good but there's machines can detect a butterfly taking off a mile away, such machines do not reflect the human experience :D
     
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    joe_jr Silver Supporting Member

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    I favor the bridge-anchored arrangement, as I can change a string quickly, without having to even take the bass off if I really had to.

    Tone wise, IMO it's six of one, half dozen of the other.
     
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    That is my impression on my American Standard Jazz (2011). I prefer through the bridge, like the original design.
     
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    Meh.

    I've had both. Through the body is supposed to resonate more. If it does, I can't tell the difference.
     
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    I’m also in the can’t tell the difference camp.
     
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    I'm sure that when it was introduced, stringing thru-body was more advantageous as it helped with vibrations and sustain.

    But nowadays? There is such a slight difference in tone/feel that you'd be hard pressed to hear it A/B'd solo, let alone in a group.

    That said, my current bass build (32" 5 string) is going to have a string-thru bridge option. However, it's mainly to allow me to use standard length strings on a medium scale bass. So, it's a more practical reason to use it.
     
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  8. feet

    feet Silver Supporting Member

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    my yamaha bbp34 has the option for both. it arrived string through, and i haven't felt the need to change it. i like tension and i tune down, so i figure that's the way to go for me. but with the frequency in which i change strings, i may never find out.
     
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    Another vote for 'makes no difference'.
     
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    hangten Silver Supporting Member

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    I just switched my parts tele I've been playing since 1994 from string-thru to top-loader and greatly prefer it.
    More of a feel than a tone vibe - I put a new bridge on so impossible to say what caused what.
     
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    I have several basses that string either/or, so one day I strung a bass with two brand new E's and two G's (EEGG), one of each strung through the body and one of each anchored at the bridge. I did this because it was the only way I could think of to make a clear, no b.s. comparison. If one method sounded better, I needed to know!

    I played it like that for hours, at all volumes, through a couple of different amps and cabs. I gave my ears a rest, and tried again, rested again, tried again, I worked very hard at it because I really wanted to arrive at a clear preference, or conclusion, or something!

    I finally put it to bed, and picked it up the next morning with fresh, morning ears, and I still could not arrive at a clear favorite, or even tell them apart reliably.

    My ears have had a hard life, and the next guy might hear things I couldn't, but it was pretty clear to me that any sonic difference was extremely subtle, with the gear I was using. Given the choice, I string E's and B's through the body to bump up the tension a little, and string the rest through the bridge.
     
  13. Bryan T

    Bryan T guitar owner Silver Supporting Member

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    On instruments where you bend the strings a lot, I think it matters. On a bass??? Maybe for right hand feel.
     

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