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 Post subject: Re: Question about factory setup of 4003
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 3:14 pm 
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As some here know, I am VERY new to the bass, so if I may:

What is action?

How does string height affect playing?

String Buzz?

What should a newbie setup be like?

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 Post subject: Re: Question about factory setup of 4003
 Post Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 6:00 pm 
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Action is the height of the strings as they sit above the frets. As you push down a string to a fret, it stretches. The further you have to push the string, the more it stretches, and the sharper the note becomes. This affects the intonation of the guitar (fretted notes in tune relative to open notes). So the lower the action. the easier it is to intonate, and also the easier it is to play.

If you get your action too low, you'll get strings buzzing on the frets when you play. Ricks should be set up with an absolutely flat neck (no relief). Most people like nice low action for ease and speed of playing. Being a self-proclaimed 'newbie', it would be best to seek out a guitar shop that can do a setup for you.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about factory setup of 4003
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 15, 2006 7:04 pm 
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Take the time to learn how to adjust your own instrument. It is essential if you are a serious musician. After all YOU and only YOU know how you want your bass to play.

Here is an excellent place to start (hope you dont mind Joey)

http://www.joeysbassnotes.com/Joeys%20frameset.htm

click on the "Bass guitar maintenance" tab.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about factory setup of 4003
 Post Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 12:02 am 
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Here is an excellent place to start (hope you dont mind Joey)

http://www.joeysbassnotes.com/Joeys%20frameset.htm

click on the "Bass guitar maintenance" tab.


I don't mind at all Scott, I appreciate the plug. ;-)

Chris, does your E string have that chorus like sound when played open, fretted ot both?
There are a few possible reasons why that happens:
- The string is not installed properly. The string has to be properly wound around the post, the last winding should be the lowest on the post.
- The string could be twisted. Loosen the string so their is no more tension, tug on it near the bridge a little, then retune.
- One or both of the pickups could be too close to the E string.
- The string is bad...about 25 years ago I stopped using what was the most popular brand of roundwound strings at the time, because I thought their E strings sounded weird, sort of like you describe.
- The nut slot should be cut just a little lower.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about factory setup of 4003
 Post Posted: Sat Dec 16, 2006 1:05 pm 
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Here is an excellent place to start (hope you dont mind Joey)

http://www.joeysbassnotes.com/Joeys%20frameset.htm

click on the "Bass guitar maintenance" tab.


I don't mind at all Scott, I appreciate the plug. ;-)

Chris, does your E string have that chorus like sound when played open, fretted ot both?
There are a few possible reasons why that happens:
- The string is not installed properly. The string has to be properly wound around the post, the last winding should be the lowest on the post.
- The string could be twisted. Loosen the string so their is no more tension, tug on it near the bridge a little, then retune.
- One or both of the pickups could be too close to the E string.
- The string is bad...about 25 years ago I stopped using what was the most popular brand of roundwound strings at the time, because I thought their E strings sounded weird, sort of like you describe.
- The nut slot should be cut just a little lower.


I think I am just going to get a pro to look at it. I'm aware of all the scenarios you mentioned and correcting them still hasn’t totally solved my problems. Also, one thing I realized is this bass does not sound good through my Ashdown ABM 500 as my Ampeg gear. A lot of the issues I'm having such as disappearing notes, lack of punch, boomy sounds up the neck, out-of-phase sound, are much prevalent played through the Ashdown. I'm also having grounding issues and there isn’t anything I could do to fix it I know of so the bass definitely needs a trip to a pro tech.

BTW, I’ve noticed the same thing as you with certain brands E strings on other basses too. Right now I’ve changed from the factory strings to D’addario nickel XL-165. They helped a little but I believe my problems are coming from elsewhere.



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