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    Bass setup guidelines

    So, I'm trying out a new bass, and I need to get it a little more dialed-in if I'm really gonna be able to give it a good test.

    Since it just came in from Florida, the setup is shot to hell. I know where to set a guitar to get it about where I like it; but what are some generic good setup tips for a bass (in this case, a 5-string)?

    I'm looking for stuff like action height, neck relief amounts and such to shoot for as a starting point that I can get it to and tweak later. Any tips?
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    I'd say bass setups are pretty similar to guitar setups, except you can get away with a bit more fret buzz

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    In a sense there's more 'usable' height in the action (you might want easy slaps and pops, you might want unusual curvature to make bowing easier, you might want a very high action to slam things) but much care needs to be taken with other stuff.


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