#1
I was wondering what exactly would I change in terms of playability and sound if I fooled around with the bridge of my bass. I have an Aria STB, and for some reason, it's about a zillion times harder to slap with than a normal fender p/j bass or music man (i've tried at the store). The main problem is the slapping, as no matter how hard I hit the top two strings they just dont ring. Popping is also pretty hard with this bass.


Believe me, the problem isn't with me, as I can slap and pop a normal bass with no problem, just this one is causing me problems.

What can I change on the bridge to make it easier?
Equipment:
-Ibanez GIO
-Fender American Standard Strat HSS
-Acoustic Schneider Guitar
-ARIA STB-PB-DX Bass
-Vox VT50AD-XL
-Roland Cube-30 Bass
-Digitech RP-250
-Blue guitar pick
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#2
Your action may be too high, see the FAQ for info on how to change this. Also, how old are your strings?
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#3
it's you, i don't see how a bridge can cause that problem unless theres some kind of permenant mute on it which there isn't it's a standard fender style bridge all be it a very cheapy one, you could change the bridge to something a bit better like a gotoh 203 or 201 or a leo quan badass II
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#4
I seriously doubt its me (not being stupis here), because like I said, I have this problem with this bass only, for some reason. So far, I've been able to slap with no problem using a fender p-bass, j-bass, a musicman stingray (all at the store, I can't really afford any of there basses).

As for the strings, they're as old as the bass, 2 and something years. Never been changed. It could be me, but they seem a bit thicker than the ones on the fenders.
Equipment:
-Ibanez GIO
-Fender American Standard Strat HSS
-Acoustic Schneider Guitar
-ARIA STB-PB-DX Bass
-Vox VT50AD-XL
-Roland Cube-30 Bass
-Digitech RP-250
-Blue guitar pick
Proud Member of UG's 80's Rock Fan Club
#6
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As for the strings, they're as old as the bass, 2 and something years. Never been changed. It could be me, but they seem a bit thicker than the ones on the fenders.


i'm a guitarist, not a bassist, but really, change the strings..

like every 3 months or whatever
#7
Two year old strings are deader than coffin nails. And yes, lighter strings will generally give you a better slap sound, but you will need to do a setup on the bass if you change the string gauge.
#8
Alright... so new strings. How do you measure the thickness of a string, just out of curiosity?
Equipment:
-Ibanez GIO
-Fender American Standard Strat HSS
-Acoustic Schneider Guitar
-ARIA STB-PB-DX Bass
-Vox VT50AD-XL
-Roland Cube-30 Bass
-Digitech RP-250
-Blue guitar pick
Proud Member of UG's 80's Rock Fan Club
#9
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i'm a guitarist, not a bassist, but really, change the strings..

like every 3 months or whatever

easy for u to say, guitar strings dont cost $20 a pack
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