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MINOR ISSUE...NOT COMPLAINING, MY DINGWALL'S MY FAVORITE BASS AND ALWAYS WILL BE 'TIL I GET ANOTHER DINGWALL :) !!!! But, is there anything I can do about my G string popping over the edge of my fretboard when I play aggressively. I compared my AB to my other basses, the Dingwall has about half as much room to the start of the fretboard-edge rounding, as my other 5 strings. I know I should play with a lighter touch, and work on not pulling the string down. But, when your doing pulloffs to an open string, you have to pull down a bit. And, I play aggressive music and the energy level has to be high. The B string has plenty of room above it. If I had saddles w/ side-to-side adjustment, I'd shift them all up a bit. Any suggestions? Thanks, Jody
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Hi Jody.

Each bass needs a certain touch, just like a different car requires a different sort of driving. If you expect to drive a Mack truck the way you'd drive a Ferrari and vice versa, you'd be fooling yourself.

I play with a very wide range of dynamics (from feather-light touch to heavy pounding) with loads of hammer-ons and pull-offs as well as chordal stuff and two hand (8 finger) tapping and I have not found a better neck to properly place both my hands and fingers on it (having said that, maybe you are better than me as a player and you have found weak spots that I have not been able to identify :wink: ).

Maybe a more relaxed digital approach for few days could rectify the problem

FRB
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Hi FRB,

Totally agree with the diff touch for each bass, just wondering if Sheldon had any suggestions. The slippage has occurred only three times in like 20 hours of play-time. But, sure sounds bad when it does, LOL! I'm not that concerned with it.... rock n roll is far from perfect and it wouldn't be the end of the world if it happened in front of a crowd. The energy and emotion of the music is more important than flubbing an occasional note anyway. And, like I said...not complaining, love my Dingwall most of all!! Thanks for the input and Merry Christmas, Jody
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As FRB mentions technique is the first and least expensive place to look.

One other thing to look at. Has the neck shifted in it's pocket? Even a perfectly fitted neck will gain a gap in the pocket when humidity raises. Loosen the neck bolts 1/4 turn using the included 4 mm wrench. Tug the headstock end of the neck toward the bass side and re-tighten the neck bolts.
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Thanks Sheldon, I'll give that a try. I'll measure first and see if there's a difference after, and let you know. The bass has been all over the US in the last few years with it's previous owner. So, climate/humidity changes may be the cause. If not, I'll happily work on my technique and my energy level :D . You know it's hard to contain yourself when your bass sounds so good !!
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Loosen the neck bolts 1/4 turn using the included 4 mm wrench. Tug the headstock end of the neck toward the bass side and re-tighten the neck bolts.[/quote]


Hey, loosened the neck, tugged GENTLY, heard a crack :shock: as the neck shifted a bit LOL, retightened. MEASUREMENTS BEFORE : 1.5 mm from bottom edge of G to start of fret roundoff (whole length of neck), 4.5 mm from top of B to start of fret roundoff at 12th fret. MEASUREMENTS AFTER : 2mm at 12th fret for G and maybe 2.5 at 24th :D , 4mm above B at 12th. This should be more than enough to fix my problem. THANKS SO MUCH SHELDON !!!
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Good to hear Jody. Thanks.
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It's funny. This has happened to me three or four times over the six months I have owned my ABII, and always when fretting with my pinky. I have always attributed it to my technique, and have worked to develop a more vertical attack with my pinky when fretting it, it hasn't happened in some time.

It does sound pretty hideous when it happens! My brother, who is also a bass player but is playing drums these days, always turns up his nose and says "ooooh" :x when it happens. I always :oops: !
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[quote="BuffaloBob"]It's funny. This has happened to me three or four times over the six months I have owned my ABII


Glad to hear I'm not the only one, and that it's not just my AB that has a short margin for error, you might say LOL. I've not slipped off the board since resetting my neck. The guys in the band thought it was funny when I was raving about Sheldon's customer support, and said my G-string was sliding off my neck. They said they didn't want to know anything about my underwear :lol: ....and how it got up around my head :shock:
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G-string problems are always the best to happen on stage... One of my closest friends broke the G-string on his acoustic mid song... and without thinking said "I just broke my G-string" over the P.A. system

The best part, he's the worship leader in my church!
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Hilarious, Pesty :lol:
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[quote="JEDI BASS TRICKS":s7z1ejlq][quote="BuffaloBob":s7z1ejlq]It's funny. This has happened to me three or four times over the six months I have owned my ABII


Glad to hear I'm not the only one, and that it's not just my AB that has a short margin for error, you might say LOL. I've not slipped off the board since resetting my neck. The guys in the band thought it was funny when I was raving about Sheldon's customer support, and said my G-string was sliding off my neck. They said they didn't want to know anything about my underwear :lol: ....and how it got up around my head :shock:[/quote:s7z1ejlq][/quote:s7z1ejlq]

Actually, when I practiced last night, I eyeballed the margins and they looked identical for both the B and the G, very balanced.

I think it was just my spastic playing! :oops:
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