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Finetuning the bass

During the last 3 weeks the Stagg accompanied me on my holiday. Such a holiday is perfect for small imperfections to surface… And they did. This post documents a few minor tweaks I did after I got back from holiday.

Thrussrod rattle
The Stagg is fitted with a totally useless thrussrod. During my holiday I found out that the only thing it did very well was rattling in its slot. I tried to fix this using bathroom sealant. Read about it here.

Endpin got stuck
At the campsite we had bbq that ended in a jam session. I could not join as I did not bring my amp but I did show the bass on request. Only to find out the endpin got stuck in the new plug. I knew the fit was quite tight and after taking it out there appeared to be some transfer from the (softer) aluminum to the steel of the rod. After carefully removing this the rod was OK again. Something to keep my eye on.

Endpin rattle
EndpinRattleInside_1At the campsite I mainly used the bass with the pin as far in as possible. This leaves a long part inside the bass which is a possible cause for vibration. So while I had the pin out anyhow I decided to make an endblock that fixates the endpin when it is as far in as possible.

EndpinRattleInside_2This might well be the most unnecessary modification I have done but it took only a few minutes. I made a maple wooden insert with a 10,5 mm hole in it. The endpin was chamfered a bit more  so it would “guide itself” into the hole. The block was made to exact size and fitted with a couple of screws. When the pin is in the block it is under a bit of tension so it will not rattle.

Battery compartment
BatteryCushionAnother modification that might not be all that necessary is fitting some padding material to the battery compartment to prevent possible rattling. It implied nothing more than sticking two pieces of foam tape inside the compartment and on the lid. Better safe than sorry 🙂

Body support and tuner
BodySupportTuner_2The body support that I made for playing seated turned out to be on the wrong side of the bass. At home, sitting on a high bass stool, everything was ok, but on the campsite, sitting on a picnic bench the balance point proved to be a bit off. So I moved the body support over the left hand side (G string) of the bass. My first impression is that this position feels a lot better, the bass appears to be better balanced. But time will tell I guess…

I used (and have hidden) the hole on the right hand side to fit a small Planet Waves NS micro tuner. This way this can stay on the bass permanently and not look obtrusive. And I won’t get caught again without a tuner!

Apogee JAM
apogee-jamThe last thing I did was treating myself to an Apogee JAM guitar interface. With this nifty little device you can connect an electric guitar, or EUB, to an iPhone, iPad, Mac or PC and record the sound in an application like Garageband. I wanted to be able to hear myself back for a while and this makes it possible. I have yet to find out the optimal settings but is is very “educational” to hear yourself play…

Playing while sitting

WP_20140411_002With my acoustic bass came a free and very good K&M bass stool and I have been practicing while sitting a lot since then. This works absolutely fine with my acoustic DB but as the Stagg lacks any form of body support at the back, playing the Stagg sitting for a longer time resulted in a sore left arm (as this functions as a support for the bass to keep it upright). So I decided to figure out how to make an extra body support at the rear so that the Stagg could lean against me without the need to keep it up with my left hand.

After experimenting with a few options I finally have settled for a support made from three RAM Mounts parts. I use these parts on my motorcycles for holding my satnav and I have found these to be extremely sturdy and very well adjustable.

So I bought the following parts:

  • RAM Mount B-201-U-A: a short double socket arm
  • RAM Mount B-202-U: a 2,5″ round ball base
  • RAM Mount B-273-M6U: a threaded M6 ball

I assembled all three parts together and figured out the right position on the bass. The support is mounted using a coach rod screw. I intended to fix a larger support plate to the round base to rest against my left leg but so far the 2,5″ circle seems to be large enough to be comfortable. I can be adjusted in all directions and is also easily taken off or folded together the bass when it had to go into the bag. The ball is not too obtrusive looking.

Below some pictures of the parts and of the assembled support on the bass (apologies for the hairy leg 😮 )