This will be a mini series of posts – although I may put everything under this one post too.
How do you set up your bass guitar?
Obviously the ideal is to have a professional do it for you – you can’t be a skilled hand and experience to get the perfect set up. However, sometimes just a minor tweak is required, or getting a full set up isn’t affordable or practical.
Adjustments on the Bass
So, what is adjustable? Apart from the obvious one (tuning), there are four main things that are checked and adjusted during a set up:
- String height
- Trust rod (neck/fret board relief)
- Pick up height
The first two are made via adjustments to the bridge. Trust rod adjustment is more tricky, while pick up height is relatively straight forward. Additionally a good set up should also look at the condition of the frets and fretboard, and also check the nut for ware. If you are already someone who sets up your own bass, hopefully you’ll pick up some additional tips, but do share what you’ve learnt as well! If it is all new to you, don’t be intimidated. Think of it as a way to better understand your bass.
To be continued…