After having used the Stagg for a while now, I noticed that the nut slots could be a bit deeper, mainly on the E and A strings. So digged up a business card as a distance gauge and some small files and decided to have a go at it.
The Stagg nut is made of plastic which is not the best nut material to be honest… But nevertheless working on it went fine but it turned out that business card thickness was just a bit too little on the E string. There is no buzz on the E string itself but when plucking the A string the E string “clacks” against the fingerboard. Which I find quite annoying… Or course this only occurs while playing pizz (I play mostly arco nowadays (started in an symphonic orchestra recently) but I have decided to have a go at making a new nut from ebony in the near future…
So I have ordered a piece of ebony that was in my mail just yesterday. I showed it to my kids and they would not believe that wood would sink… So I proved to them that it actually does in a glass of water. Never thought a piece of wood could be educational!
In the near future I will try to make a new nut for the Stagg. I will document this process in this blogpost.
Contradictory to what I wrote earlier, I am NOT going to make a new nut in the future. The E string “clacking” has gone (or I have gotten used to it…) and the plastic nut works fine.
I am however going to make a new pickup for the Stagg as the stock ones do not work well when playing arco. But that is a whole different story….
Boink! That was the sound I heard yesterday when the strap on my bag snapped loose and my bass hit the ground 😦
Luckily the bass was not damaged but I was not amused… And I almost hit a woman sitting on a bench with the bass…
I already knew the Stagg bags are of pretty poor quality (see also this posting) but I had not seen this one coming… All the stitching that hold the strap to the bag came loose! So tonight I will be stitching it back on and I will most probably reinforce all other handle and strap attachments too…
Also some good news: yesterday I finally had the opportunity to show the bass to my teacher and he thought is was pretty good! Much better than the old black, unmodified Stagg that he tried earlier. Especially the improved neck angle and better bridge. He played pizz and arco on it and I was very pleased with the sound too (had not heard someone else play my Stagg) 🙂
I used to put the black Stagg in a corner between the wall and an antique cabinet in the living room. After a while I noticed that the softening chemicals in the rubber on the Stagg body supports were “eating” through the finish of the cabinet… 😦 As this is a family heirloom I was not pleased. I temporarily solved it by placing a tissue between the body support and the closet but I was definitely on the lookout for a proper stand for the EUB.
Stagg does make a stand specific for the EUB but this is retailing for about 44 euro (about 60 dollar) over here and I thought that was pretty expensive… I was very pleased when I found a used one for sale for just 15 euro (20 dollar). So I did not hesitate to buy it.
It is a pretty large stand but very sturdy. It is foldable but in my opinion not something not so small that you would take it along to music school etc. for fun. But at home or on stage it is a very good investment. The stand is fully adjustable. In this and this post you can see some pictures of my Stagg basses in the stand.