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Hasenhack (Hasenhack)
Posted on Friday, April 09, 2004 - 9:47 am:   

Does anyone know anything about this bass model/series? i bought one like this at a german music store a few years ago. i don´t have the serial number at hand, but the first two numbers are 78, so this is a 1978 bass, right?

i like playing this thing, but there is something wrong with the neck bending and it likes to rattle when strings are adjusted too low. another problem is, e-string is not picked up as well as the others, is there a solution besides raising /lowering the pickups?

finally, does it make sense to look out for new pickups to install (better sound?) or to customize the electrics? it seems that this bass is quite prone to atmosperic disturbance.

thanks a lot
Jack (Jack)
Posted on Saturday, April 10, 2004 - 6:07 am:   

I just bought one of these today I have found the best setup for my Ibanez basses is the neck dead straight then raise or lower the bridge sadles.also adjust a curve into the bridge saddle equal to the fret board curve. The one I got today is an 81 but itís the same as your picture none the less. Do you know how to adjust the truss rod?
Hasenhack (Hasenhack)
Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2004 - 9:31 am:   

as i am not a native english speaker, i´m not sure what that truss rod is. if it is that long metal stick inside the neck, the 8mm adjusting nut is just beneath the metal plate with the "musician" on it. someone told me this is unusual for basses, they normally got a hexagon screw in it.

i´ve never done adjusting like this and i don´t want to do damage to my bass, any suggestions?

what do you mean by fretboard/bridge curve?
Hasenhack (Hasenhack)
Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2004 - 11:34 am:   

I was wrong with the 78, the serial number is H795507.
Jack (Jack)
Posted on Sunday, April 11, 2004 - 8:13 pm:   

There is really not a lot to setting up an instrument, however since you are not confident at the moment I suggest you take it to a music store or the like and have it done for you. Make sure that they let you observe how itís done (or go somewhere else where they will) as itís important that you learn to do this yourself. Regardless of what seems to be the general opinion of most music store owners/employees this is not rocket science!with a little knowledge, care and attention to detail you will be the set up king!
2roadsters (2roadsters)
Posted on Wednesday, June 23, 2004 - 7:12 am:   

Hi Hasenhack,
I've just won one of these on ebay Germany - very similar model number (July as opposed to April...)
No idea what you mean by atmospheric disturbance but new pickups will work really well in the bass.
I get mine custom made for cheap by Christoph Dolf in Neuss, Germany ( who does a brilliant job with passive pickups. Just mention me (Chris Berry) and ask for the same specification as he supplies me for my P/J pickups - I'm sure he can fit that into the musician type pickup package. For a nice touch, get wooden covers too!
Anyway back to the bass... pickup height can affect your E-string sensitivity but so can the strings you use.
As far as the rattle is concerned, there are several things that can help. You can try different strings, a different touch/playing technique, adjusting the saddles, the nut, the neck relief (truss rod - Halsstange?)
There are a lot of resources on the web:
is a good place to start. If you're near cologne, I could give you a hand...

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