#1
I recently bought a bass at the pawn shop. First off, I have no idea what brand it is.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b136/Anteaterking/210046.jpg

And the action was way off, like more than a pencils distance away from the wood. A bassist even told me I needed to lower it. Well, I read the bass faq, and it didn't seem to explain what I needed to do.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b136/Anteaterking/210108.jpg

And I unscrewed these things at the bottom, but they didn't seem to do anything so I put them back in.

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b136/Anteaterking/210118.jpg
#2
Third pic I'm assuming is a strap button. Unless you mean in the bridge, in which case that is what changes the intonation of the strings.

The action is changed by the two little tiny screws on the side of each of the little metal pieces the strings rest on (called saddles) usually with an alan wrench provided when you buy it. Since this is a pawn shop... good luck with finding one. I'm not familiar with the size

No idea on the make/model either.
#4
yeah, you misinterpreted which screws you need to mess with. if the neck is actually bowed, mess with the truss rod (responsibly!), if the action is actually messed up, the screws youre looking for are on the saddles
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#6
Yes.
Way is to adjust the bridge.
http://www.tunemybass.com/bass_setup/bass_string_height.html


Another way to change actions look at the first picture. You can see that wide white bar perpendicular to the strings. Thats the nut. Above that when it kind of dips down is a hole. In the hole you use a allen wrench to turn, which is for the truss rod. Turning that changes the action.


Don't now what brand that is.

Surprised people today still don't know how to Google.
Last edited by gwath42 at Aug 24, 2009,
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Quote by gwath42

Another way to change actions look at the first picture. You can see that wide white bar perpendicular to the strings. Thats the nut. Above that when it kind of dips down is a hole. In the hole you use a allen wrench to turn, which is for the truss rod. Turning that changes the action.
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But do NOT try to adjust the neck to fix the action!!


The truss rod is not there to fix the action, it is only there to fix the neck.

TS, before you adjust the neck,make sure it isn't strait. The only time you need to adjust the truss rod is when the neck is visibly bowed, or when you can feel it bowed.

Otherwise you need to adjust the action at the saddles. Just turn them little screws inside of each saddle. Clockwise to raise it, Counter clockwise to lower it.

I don't know why all these people are screaming TRUSS ROD for action problems... the truss rod is not there to fix action...

Oh and those things at the bottom are only there to hold the strap on.
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Last edited by biga29 at Aug 25, 2009,
#10
Would you be able to post a side on pic of the bridge and neck??

Because then people could give you some better advice on what's wrong and what you should do to fix the problem.
I think its probably go to do with the neck being bowed... But dont go messing with the truss rod if you dont know what you're doing!!!
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Last edited by Gr33n at Aug 26, 2009,
#12
Quote by Anteaterking
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b136/Anteaterking/133613.jpg

And I know what the strap button is. I was talking about the things under the strap button.

And so do I need an allen wrench or a screwdriver?


Ok, your neck does look a little bowed, but it's hard to be sure.

Take a picture looking strait down the neck, form the bridge, as close to the body as yo can get it, so we can see the actual curve of the neck.
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Last edited by biga29 at Aug 26, 2009,
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