By Thalia Busby. Electric Bass Guitar. Published at Friday, August 31st, 2018 - 17:40:26 PM.
All the parts separately would cost a lot more, but for about 18 bucks you get them all plus instructions and trust me, wiring a jazz bass is very very easy! I will go into this in more detail in the electronics section of the website to help clear things up. Another thing I like to do helps) is to line every part of the inside of the bass with copper foil tape. This helps to ensure that even if wires do come loose they will be grounded and shielded. This also helps prevent hums picked up from lighting and other electronic devices ( lights and certain electronic devices emit a 60 cycle hum that interfere with pickups and bass electronics). Now that everything is sealed, grounded and assembled its time to move to the neck.
Continue turning the tuner until the string holds tension and rests in the nut. Repeat the process, bringing each string up to tune. Remember that new strings need some time to stretch and will go out of tune for the next few hours. But worry not they will eventually settle. The neck of your bass is the strongest of all the parts! It consists of a metal rod embedded under the fingerboard called a Truss Rod. The truss rod turns with an allen wrench either clockwise or counter-clockwise to counteract the tension applied to the neck by the strings. This tension (or lack there of) will either add or take away curve to the neck allowing the strings to clear all parts of the fingerboard vibrate freely and allow the plucked note to sound. An adjustment to either the heel of the neck or at the top in front of the nut will allow you to turn the trus rod and add or take away tension or curve to the neck.
P-Bass pickups are split coil type of pickup. The two coils are wired in series, in most cases. However, you can wire them in parallel too, which will make the sound brighter, with less bass. The recommended wiring practice is to wire them in series so that the coils are out-of-phase with each other. This practice causes the pickup to become a hum-bucking (hum-canceling) pickup coil. The advantage in this practice, is to make it immune to outside electrical noise, which is a great plus for any bass. Of course, you can change the pickup wiring to single coil with these, by switching the wiring on one of the coils. Usually, the coils come with color coded wire connected to the coil terminals. Some coils use Red and Black, while others use White and Black.
Once you have your string cut to the right length, take the freshly cut string end and bend just a bit of it, say a centimeter or two, at a right angle. Take this straight end and insert it into the hole in the middle of the tuning peg. Use downward pressure on the string and turn it clockwise to wrap the string around the tuning peg. You want to make sure that the string is running straight front the bridge, under the string round and to the tuning peg.
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