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  • Birthday 31/08/1981

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  1. Thanks again fellas, you’ve been most insightful
  2. @Andyjr1515 that’s a fantastic explanation, a massive help! Thank you for taking the time! @itu & @ikay thank you also, the help and links you posted were also quite insightful! So, if I have this right, the string tension really only relates to how/of what the strings are made of, so generally speaking, the harder/stronger/thicker the materials used, the more tension will be required to tighten that string to get it to pitch?! on that note assuming the strings on one of my basses being a bit flappy when tuned up, one would assume that, for example, the center core for example isn’t so thick as the ones in my flats (la Bella deep talkin’) on my precision bass?! In my head, I’m kind of comparing it to two lengths of metal studding, for example, one at say, 2mm diameter and one at 6mm, if they were strings on an instrument, tuned to pitch, the 6mm would be the high tension string due to having a lot less flex in it?! would that very long winded analogy sound about right?!
  3. Apologies if this is posted in the wrong section, mods please feel free to move if so So I’m preparing to hide under the table for asking such a noob question, buuuuutt.....Can someone explain to me what is meant by string tension?! i read things about high tension this and low tension that And I’m struggling to work out what it all means If I may share with you a little understanding (or misunderstanding) of mine I use the same gauge strings (105 85 65 45) on all of my basses and all are set up to my personal preferences, on one bass for example, an sr300 the strings feel tight with little give in them when their plucked, which is something I like, where as the flats on my p bass feel a little looser when plucked. my understanding is this is the difference in tension but then I assumed, setting up a bass differently, higher bridge saddles for example will tighten the strings or would buying “high tension” strings make them feel tighter, I don’t really understand how this works if that’s the case as surely their always strung up the same way?! or is string tension referring to how the strings are made or strung up on the body?! really want to understand this a bit better than I apparently do (or don’t) at the minute so any guidance is much appreciated
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  5. Price drop! £90 gets this to your door Would trade for..... bass case(s) harley Benton pb50 Epiphone thunderbird pedals (what you got?!) Ibanez sr basses multi guitar rack/stand what have you got spare?!
  6. Both old instruments, my only two basses that see regular use hence not attempting it myself as I wouldn’t want to make them worse which would more than likely be the outcome
  7. @chris_b thank you for the suggestion, was hoping for somewhere a little closer to home though as don’t venture into London too often @gary mac PM on its way....
  8. Hey all, I’ve been setting up my basses and guitars to my liking fairly well on my own but have noticed rattles and buzzes of late so am looking at getting my frets checked for leveling. This isn’t something I’ve tried before due to a) not having the right tools b) through fear of seriously messing it up as I’m not 100% certain of what I’m doing so..... does anyone know of any Essex based luthiers that would level, dress and polish my frets if I took my necks to them on their own?! What sort of cost would I be looking at for such a service as the only prices I can find seem to be for full setups?!
  9. £100 gets it to your door any interest if I part this out?!
  10. Just as I was about to put my head up for sale! Now where can I find £200.... looking for for anything in a trade/swap?!
  11. I would / have done before, pre-drill, put full length cocktail sticks in the holes and then lacquer, once lacquer is done and set, either snap off the cocktail sticks or VERY carefully, cut off level to the body with a craft knife or similar. Lightly and carefully jab the sticks in the holes with a bradawl or similar and then screw in equally as carefully into the unlacquered wood of the sticks. has worked for me in the past with no ill effects.
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