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Strings - thru body vs bridge only

Marc Croft (315)

Bass Equipment Forum · 1/22/2008 3:41 PM
Has anyone out there experimented (if you have the proper equipment) with stringing thru the body vs just thru the bridge? I have a bass which I can do both but, I have yet to try it. Just wondering if someone else has & whether or not it makes any difference. I'm sure I saw something in Bass Player mag once but, I can't remember when. I think the main thing is that going thru the body extends the length of the string overall but, once it makes contact with the bridge, does that extra length mean anything?
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Re: Strings - thru body vs bridge only

1/22/2008 3:58 PM

Josh Broughton (2434) wrote:

I'm pretty sure I've read somewhere, maybe from warrior basses, that strings going through the body allow more resonation into the body, thus bringing out the tone of the wood more. I would imagine it sounding more smooth and warm, but that depends on the wood, too.

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1/22/2008 4:10 PM

Adam Copelin (12723) wrote:

I have one bass that is string through and one that isn't. The string through seems to have a little more of a "tight" feeling, although some disagree. I think I've heard of people string the E and A through for more sustain, and the D and G normally for a normal sound, but don't quote me on that...



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1/22/2008 4:34 PM

Bob Beckett (5245) wrote:

Adam when you say " The string through seems to have a little more of a "tight" feeling " do you meen it feel tighter as in more tension?
I ask this because of a thought I have about 1 of my bass's. I have a Ibanez BTB 5 string bass and have thought if I changed the bridge to the Hipshot triple-lock down. This bridge is about the same as the Ibanez bridge but it does have the choice of stringing through the bridge or the body. Would it increase the tension of the low B string and make it just a bit tighter in tension?

bob



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1/22/2008 4:48 PM

Adam Copelin (12723) wrote:

Yeah, the strings feel like they have a little more tension to MY hands at least. If so, it's not much and it seems like there's more tension than usual towards the bridge, but if you play by the neck it's about the same. And these are 2 entirely different basses anyhow. I can't really say if it would tighten up a B much or not...

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1/22/2008 4:17 PM

Brian Sharpe (21083) wrote:

If I remeber correctly string-through designs increase the downward force on the saddle and improve bridge to body contact.

My newer MIA p-bass has string-through and I love the way it sounds but a direct comparison is difficult becaue the body is ash whereas my MIJ p-bass is alder (maybe basswood). I do find that the MIA p-bass with the string through has more sustain and clarity that the MIJ but until I set it up with the strings through the back of the bridge......

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1/23/2008 10:59 AM

Steve Fox (12512) wrote:

Working with basses showed me that the difference really is negligable. I took the strings off a MIA P-Bass that was Bridge strung and placed them through body(The Customer and I where arguing this very point, hence me doing the change to prove myself right) and you'd have to be a super sound engineer/producer/guru/ ears like a freak to notice any change at all on that bass. I did a similar thing with a Warwick and the change was slightly more sustain overall with a smidgen less mud on the low B. Dont ask me what model warwick it was cos I have no idea.
But yeah, for average Jo Shmo, there is No difference....I dont care who says what.
STeve

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1/28/2008 4:37 AM

Peter Sillery (19004) wrote:

I would imagine that it causes more sustain also.

D Silbag!

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1/31/2008 2:41 PM

Roland Carpenter (1505) wrote:

I like string thru because IMO i get better tone.