- 1 How do you lower the bridge on a double bass?
- 2 How do you fix a double bass bridge?
- 3 How do you set a double bass sound post?
- 4 How high should the action be on a double bass?
- 5 How do you measure string height on a double bass?
- 6 How do you adjust the bridge on an upright bass?
- 7 Where should the sound post be on a bass?
- 8 What is a sound post on a double bass?
How do you lower the bridge on a double bass?
If you have an adjustable bridge, just make a few turns to shorten the bridge height. Lowering the bridge will reduce the distance between the strings and the fingerboard, thereby making the action lower.
How do you fix a double bass bridge?
The movement is generally slight and can be remedied by carefully pushing the top of the bridge toward the tailpiece until you regain your 90 degree angle between the underside of the bridge and the top of the bass. The feet of the bridge should be flush with the top of the instrument.
How do you set a double bass sound post?
In the “textbook” position, ideally the sound post is positioned centered behind the G-string foot of the bridge, approximately 12 to 14mm or 1/2″ to 3/4″ away from the backside of the bridge, favoring the tailpiece.
How high should the action be on a double bass?
I generally recommend 4-7mm for an easy height. Of course, basses all respond in their own way as so do player’s styles.
How do you measure string height on a double bass?
The measurement (in millimetres) is taken at the end of the fingerboard. It’s the distance from the underside of the string to the surface of the fingerboard. Not all basses have the same length fingerboards though, so it can only be used as a rough guide.
How do you adjust the bridge on an upright bass?
To adjust a tilting bridge, first slightly loosen the bass strings, then grasp the top of the bridge at its upper corners with the thumb and index fingers of each hand and gently pull or push the top of the bridge until a 90° angle is achieved.
Where should the sound post be on a bass?
As a general rule, the soundpost is usually centered behind the treble or G foot side of the bridge and placed approximately 2 to 2.8 cm behind the back side of this bridge foot (see diagram). Every instrument reacts differently, so wood type and density of the soundpost will create different results from bass to bass.
What is a sound post on a double bass?
A sound post is a piece of doweling wood often made from seasoned spruce which is held in place, under the tension produced by the strings and the bridge. A peek through the f-holes on the bass and you’ll see the post vertically placed between the front and back of the bass body.