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Hi, im making a bass and now all i have left to do is string it up but i've hit a delema. I put the 1st string on and teh action is so low that the string i resting on the fretboard even when tuned tight and i was wondering how to raise the action on this thing or if i should just go get a pro ste-up from guitar center.

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Hi, im making a bass and now all i have left to do is string it up but i've hit a delema. I put the 1st string on and teh action is so low that the string i resting on the fretboard even when tuned tight and i was wondering how to raise the action on this thing or if i should just go get a pro ste-up from guitar center.

You can't judge action on a bass with only one string installed. Put all of them on and tune to pitch. THEN begin to make judgements on the string height, etc. The neck needs the additional tension to come into alignment.

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This is for your Frankenbass? A big problem with building parts guitars is that the parts don't necessarily work together without modifications.

For example, if the height of your bridge doesn't work with the height of the fretboard, then you're looking at problems. It's hard to tell from your photos, but if your saddles are already raised as high as they go, then either the bridge isn't tall enough or the neck pocket isn't deep enough to accommodate this neck.

Even with all the strings on there, that's not going to make the heel end of the neck sink down--so if your strings are flat against the frets there, then you've got a problem.

Of course, if your saddles aren't raised up as high as they go, then obviously, you're supposed to raise the saddles to get the action you want. Have you done that? You should have received an allen key for that. Slack off the tension of the strings first and try raising them. Go to the main Project Guitar site--there's a great tutorial there for doing your own setup. That will explain about raising the saddles.

If that doesn't help, then maybe your bridge came with an extra spacer plate--that fits under the bridge to raise it up a little higher. You'll have to take off the bridge to place that, of course.

Otherwise, if your saddles are already raised as high as they go and you still need them to go higher, then you're going to have to reroute the neck pocket to make the neck fit properly.

So before you take the bass in for a setup, you need to figure out if the problem comes from the build or just from the setup.

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