Setup prices below are for instruments bought here at FMI, slightly higher for instruments brought in to us for setups.
I leave the strings a bit higher than orchestral style, and don't shape the bridge for easy bowing. It can still be bowed but with less room for error in the angle of your bowing. I DO shape the bridge to get each string down to its proper height above the fingerboard.
When I setup with "weedwacker" strings I shape the notches in the nut and bridge to be friendly to these thicker softer strings. You can still put regular steel strings on my "weedwacker" string setup if you want and it will perform properly.
We lower and reshape the nut, lower, thin and shape the bridge for a great rockabilly action. (Sometimes the fingerboard needs dressing/sanding reshaping so a low enough string action can be attained without buzzing/rattling).
You won't believe how buttery smooth these weedwacker strings make your bass sound!! They are as close to real gut strings as you can get, they are EASY EASY on the fingers, make authentic gut string slapping sound, and last a LONG time. LOTS of good reasons here to upgrade to "weedwacker" strings!
Click Order below to choose rockabilly setup with the steel strings that come on the bass, or choose the upgrades in color and tension choice for the +$30 or $50 (Includes installation).
You slap bass fans know how necessary flexible strings like these weedwackers are. Get them installed on your bass here and get a superb slap bass brought to your door!
Sometimes the fingerboard needs planing/sanding to shape it properly for a lower smoother playing action. ALL new upright bass fingerboards need this handling for a real low action as needed for jazz playing. Some fingerboards need this handling for a smooth low enough rockabilly, bluegrass or orchestral action.
On these troubled fingerboard basses the action has to be left fairly high until the fingerboard work is done. The nut and bridge can be shaped for a proper rockabilly playing action, just left a bit high because of the fingerboard work needed.
You can order "PRO FINGERBOARD SHAPING FOR low ACTION" to include the fingerboard work if you want to ensure you get a superb low smooth playing rockabilly bass.
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