How to Set Up a Bass Guitar Correctly

Once the excitement if buying a new bass guitar has faded, the serious business of setting up the instrument must begin. In order for you to play the instrument right, you will need to set it up properly. Even when you are not buying yours brand new, you still need to set it up so that it is just right for you. The process of adjusting the instrument involves adjusting the truss rod and also changing the strings. In order for you to know how to set up a bass guitar, you will need to start by identifying the main parts of the instrument. Main Parts of a Bass Guitar The bass guitar consists of three main parts; the body, neck, and innards. The parts of the neck and the body can be seen when you are looking at the guitar. However, in order to see the innards, you will have to take off the cover. The Neck. The neck is that part of the guitar where you find the mechanisms that fine-tune the instrument. This part of the guitar belongs to the region of the fretting hand, which for most people is the left hand. The Body. The body of the instrument belongs to the area of the striking hand. For most people, this is the right hand. In this area of the guitar, you will find the pickups, controls, bridge, strap pin, end pin, and jack. The Innards. The components of this part of the instrument are not visible unless you strip the instrument. However, these parts are important for determining the sound you get from the guitar. This part consists of the truss rod, electronics, and batteries for those machines that have them. Setting Up the Bass Guitar Now, we have an idea of what we are talking about, so we can move on to the first step. We are going to look at three processes; restringing a bass, adjusting the bass truss rod, and setting up the guitar bridge. Restringing the Bass The strings should be loosened using the rotating pegs. Turn the pegs so that the strings start to look like they are falling off from the pegs Using wire clippers, cut off the upper ends of the strings so that the ends that are curled are free from the turning pegs and then pull the strings off through the guitar bridge and remove them This is the time when you should clean the fretboard using a clean piece of cloth. If you use an oil, ensure that it is friendly to the material used to make the guitar Pull the new strings through the holes on the bridge to the tuning peg, ensuring that each string is the right one for the hole you are pulling it through Extend each of the strings fully using your index finger, past the turning peg ensure you have at least 1 ½ inches and then cut the excess and then put the string into the hole of […] #BassGuitarAdvice