Poll: string thru body or "badass" style
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View poll results: string thru body or "badass" style
string thru body
9 36%
"badass"
14 56%
other lol....(floyd rose) etc...
2 8%
Voters: 25.
#1
just wondering which of these you fellow Bass players prefer, I own a MIA fender jazz (thru-body) IMO, it sounds much better than a "badass"......
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#2
i think the obvious answer here is LEO QUAN BADASS III a badass bridge with thru body stringing
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#3
Haven't play a bass with either
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#4
My Peavey is a string-thru body and it seems to be a lot less buzzy than a string-thru bridge.
#6
top load, easier to use.

nobody needs too much sustain, if it's built well and has a thick bridge, that's enough for me.
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#7
On the Jazz I find that string thru provides a tighter, more focused sound than the Badass.
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#8
^ yea, me too...i played the geddy lee sig w/badass and wasn't too thrilled with the bridge or the guitar, but i am partial to the MIA's. The jap plant does not impress me. at least with the newer fenders.
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#9
Gotta love the extra tension of thru body.
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#11
I'm really on the fence about how top load/strings through the body changing sustain makes any sense. To me it sounds like one of those myths, like angling the strings after the nut increases string tension.

I don't understand what difference it makes what a string is going through - it's what happens BETWEEN the nut and bridge that matters. Before and after is irrelevant.

But, my guess is this: stringing through the body means the strings are coming out of the bass perpendicular to how they'll be played, as opposed to parallel. To me, that sounds like the strings are pulling the bridge down on the body harder than a top-load bridge would, as that kind of bridge would be pulled ALONG the body, not ONTO the body. That, in turn, results in less screws being needed (a BadAss II has 5, a BadAss III has 3), meaning more wood under the bridge, meaning more bridge/body contact, and that COULD help the sustain.

But then you're losing wood from burrowing the strings through the body. BUT that wood's not near the bridge, so the benefits might outweigh the detriments. And then there's the theory that Warwick bridges run on the same principle as strings-through, while still being top-load.

So, as you can see, there are arguements for both sides - none of which are particularly interesting, relevant, or worth arguing.

EDIT: The adding of string tension is just idiocy. Please, please someone school me here. Because you can't. Make me look like an ass about this, someone.

EDIT EDIT: String tension is the ratio of string gauge, material, length, and pitch. Nothing more, nothing less. Increase one of those things, and something else must be thrown out of whack.
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#12
^ yup. These string-thru concepts are like those marketing gimmicks. I actually heard "This is the same method that they use for violins, violas etc."! Yeah... Only in these instruments the bridge isn't glued, it is actually held by string's tension. Screw economy))) You save screws and make good promo for that bridge) Go Fender!

I won't be surpirsed if Fender starts using MDF boards and claim that "They come PRE-PRESSED for that WIIIIIIIILD sustain". I mean, come on guys.
#13
I dunno - the sustain issue might have some credit for the reasons I've mentioned, but the whole string tension thing is lies. And the magazines disclaim it by saying the "perceived" string tension is high.
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#14
fitz, Bassilo.....brilliant work. the reason I posted this thread was to invoke some serious analysis on the topic of tonal quality. even if the bridge is only one of many aspects of tonal quality....it helps, thanks. I still will play my cali made fender jazz. (thru-body)
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#15
I don't know about tone difference, but I like how fast I can slot strings into my Warwick's bridge without much effort.