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#41 mikebass78

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 11:42 PM

Through body stringing + Drive + playing behind the bridge = The only reason to do it really, IMO. Fun for a coupla minutes though.

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Posted 28 November 2009 - 09:01 PM

View Posteastwind, on Jun 19 2008, 12:43 AM, said:

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I am not suprised that the standard Jazz bridge gives the bass the least sustain irrespective of the through stringing I just don,t think they are that rigid, but have noticed that it gives better control as note decay is faster so lends itself to fast finger playing. My Squier Jazz (also fitted with a J-Retro) was still "dead" until I put a high mass Fender style (Chinese of course)bridge on. The bass came alive especially with harmonics, brightness and sustain but didn't sound like a Jazz anymore. I had to consciously damp strings more than I would normally when playing.
I think bridge choice is very important and can completely change a bass sound and the way you have to play it.
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Posted 29 November 2009 - 03:03 AM

View PostDoctorEEEvil, on Nov 28 2009, 09:01 PM, said:

My God! I've finally found someone other than myself with an S7B! Are there others out there?

Just you and me and a Guy in America to my knowledge.....get a photo of it in the Bass Porn thread...there are fewer of the S7B's than 1948 Fender Precisions...... :)

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Posted 29 November 2009 - 04:53 AM

I'm not really sure I see the point of thru-stringing. It's always struck me as one of those "magic" options that people throw money at when they're looking for a perfect instrument. End of the day, you can have thru-neck, thru-strung spalted bollockwood basses with 24 fanned frets and nine strings and active preamps and five pickups and ramps and D-Tuners and stereo outputs and high-mass bridges and elixir strings, and all that won't charge the fact that the best recordings of all time were made by some dude and his beat-up old Fender Plank-o-caster.

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Posted 14 January 2010 - 04:50 PM

View Postmaxrossell, on Nov 29 2009, 04:53 AM, said:

I'm not really sure I see the point of thru-stringing. It's always struck me as one of those "magic" options that people throw money at when they're looking for a perfect instrument. End of the day, you can have thru-neck, thru-strung spalted bollockwood basses with 24 fanned frets and nine strings and active preamps and five pickups and ramps and D-Tuners and stereo outputs and high-mass bridges and elixir strings, and all that won't charge the fact that the best recordings of all time were made by some dude and his beat-up old Fender Plank-o-caster.

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 02:37 AM

View Postthumperbob 2002, on Jan 14 2010, 04:50 PM, said:

Absolutely +1

The original precision and the tele bass were through strung though.
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Posted 18 January 2010 - 04:13 PM

View PostBalcro, on Oct 13 2008, 11:39 PM, said:

My apologoes if this is slightly off at a tangent to the original post, but it may be relevant to "Wazz's" & CarazyKiwi's earlier replies.
I've been looking to treat myself to a set of Flats and had narrowed the choice down to La Bella or Webstrings/Detroit Bass. I looked at La Bella's catalogue this evening and they say Deep-Talking flats "are unsuitable for thru-body stringing. They suggest a "flexi-core flatwound" as a suitable alternative, but I can't find any such product in the catalogue. Google came up with just the one reference at La Bella.

As I've got thru-body stringing with brass saddles and no bridge option, I've e-mailed both La Bella & Webstrings for further info as to suitability. Anyone come across this before or have any recommendations.

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Posted 18 January 2010 - 09:54 PM

Not sure that is the case with the TI flats. Tried to string a B string on a 34" scale and the wrap started on the wrong side of the nut had to top load it to fit.
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Posted 19 January 2010 - 12:02 AM

View Postskelf, on Jan 18 2010, 09:54 PM, said:

Not sure that is the case with the TI flats. Tried to string a B string on a 34" scale and the wrap started on the wrong side of the nut had to top load it to fit.

Wrap issues can be fixed, like so many things, with blades and fire. Its the string going skinny that is the trouble.
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Posted 24 February 2011 - 04:24 PM

Through-body stringing must be better, because they use it on them fancy Sue Ryder basses.
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Posted 24 August 2011 - 02:43 AM

I've been stringing through the body for so long, I just like it, and never had any string issues doing it.
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Posted 19 September 2011 - 11:28 AM

I`ve always liked the thru-body stringing, until I read up a bit on Fender Precisions, and realised that the tones that I love from these basses - JJ Burnell, Bruce Foxton, Bruce Thomas, John Deacon - were all played on Precisions that didn`t have thru-body stringing.

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Posted 28 October 2011 - 11:17 AM

I don't really care. I generally string my B through the body and the rest on the bridge. Why? Because I always have done and I like it... it probably makes no difference but it's now the norm and I wouldn't change it.

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Posted 04 January 2012 - 11:18 AM

I have a Lakland 55-02 and thankfully you can either string through the body or at the bridge. Great, but because of the 35" scale I struggle to find strings that will fit past the nut on the E and B string if I string through the body. So, I just string up at the bridge in most cases. I prefer string through because you do get a bit more sustain, but it doesn't really change the overall tone or playability in any siginifcant way for me.
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 10:18 AM

Surely the vibration damping effect of your body/arm in contact with the guitar body would have a greater effect when through-strung?

Just a thought.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 02:45 AM

I have thru-stringing on my custom fanned fret P-style bass. Since a G string can whang or twang, I have it perpendicular down through the body right at the back edge of the saddle to get as much down force and therefore as much fundamental as possible. Conversely, an E String needs as much help with overtones as possible, so its angle is as shallow as possible, with the string guide as far back from the saddle as possible, almost as if it were conventionally top strung. The A and D strings are proportioned accordingly. This has ever-so-slightly helped with string-to-string tonality on my bass, which has a reissue "bolt-stock" mid-'60's style bridge.

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Posted 09 November 2012 - 03:13 AM

I like the tighter feel you get from through body stringing, due to the sharper angle past the saddles. I find if I play real hard with bridge stringing on SOME bridges, the strings can pop off the saddles. The classic Fender style ones don't have this problem though.
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Posted 05 July 2013 - 12:29 PM

The difference is more in the response for the player. I choose to always string through the body if the option is given. You get more downward pressure over the bridge saddles, especially if you have very low action. You won't get higher tension, that's a myth. It would mean higher pitch, and that isn't the case. I even string my Chromes that way, have NEVER snapped a string. Compare to a surface mounted anchor for a heavy shelf on the wall with a bolt right through the wall, if you know what I mean...
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