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bass was left without strings for years...help

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by Sarde, Jul 12, 2017.

  1. Sarde

    Sarde TDPRI Member

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    Apr 16, 2016
    San Pedro, CA
    I have a friend who asked me to string his bass (34" scale ibanez 5 string) for him. I am a guitar player not a bass guy, FYI. He had left it for 2 years without stings. I knew that it would take the neck some time to adjust to having tension (I assumed it would be buzzing until it settles). So, I put strings on it and tried to tune to pitch. It seemed like there was too much string tension, but it was working and not fretting out...and then the G string broke (65 gauge). I got a replacement G string (70 gauge) and it broke. Did I tune it an octave too high? I detuned it by an octave (maybe) but it fretted out all the way down the neck and it feels like there is hardly any tension on the strings. So I left it overnight to acclimate to tension...no change.

    Im looking for suggestions as to how to proceed.

    -Sarde
     

  2. jcerio2

    jcerio2 TDPRI Member

    Age:
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    Nov 6, 2016
    US
    Was the truss rod loosened while the bass was without strings? If not, the neck is likely twisted beyond repair. I would remove the strings, loosen the truss rod and check for twisting. If there is no twist, try putting the right strings on it - .040 or .045 is the right gauge for a g string. I'm not surprised that a .060 broke if you tried turning it to G! I'd recommend starting with a set of D'Addario XL .040 Standard 5 string. That would likely be a good set for a 34" scale 5 string.
     
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  3. soulman969

    soulman969 Telefied Ad Free Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Englewood, CO
    Yep, jcerio is correct. You're trying to tune a typical D string gauge up to G. A G string would be in the .040-.045 range. Like this;

    GHS Pressurewound Bass Strings are made from GHS's exclusive Alloy 52, a magnetically active material designed specifically to increase the strings brightness. During the winding process, each string's outer wrapping is flattened slightly. This extra process gives the GHS Pressurewound Bass Strings a great smoother feeling and also reduces finger noise and string shift noises.

    String Construction:

    • Long Scale - 34" Scale Basses
    • 37.25" NEW Winding Length from Ball End to Silk
    • .044 .062 .084 .106 .128
     

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  5. Sarde

    Sarde TDPRI Member

    41
    Apr 16, 2016
    San Pedro, CA
    Oh man ,I am such an idiot. I thought it was tuned just like a guitar e-a-d-g-b. I will go back and fix that. The neck looked straight to me when I was messing with it. I feel like it has had some tension on the neck for over a week so I feel confident in checking the truss rod to adjust it. Thanks for the help guys!

    BTW, my friend used our church's fender p bass lyte since his was down...I liked that thing.
     

  6. jcerio2

    jcerio2 TDPRI Member

    Age:
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    Nov 6, 2016
    US
    P-Bass Lyte is a very nice instrument. One of the "overlooked" Fender gems from Japan. Other examples are anything with the Heartfield brand name, the MB-4 and 5 (once you upgrade the pickups), and the Prophecy Series.
     

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