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    I think it looks really great!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helmholtz View Post
    Is your neck straight? What is the relief?
    Actualy the neck is bowed. There is more action at the 12th fret than at the 20th. I can't figure out if it's the neck or the fretboard, it's a general default on my necks... Radiusing default maybe. I use sanding blocks...

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    There is more action at the 12th fret than at the 20th.
    This should not be. Does your neck have a working truss rod (or 2)?
    Do you know how to measure neck relief? Do you have a straight edge that covers the whole fretboard?

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    Sounds like the truss rod (or rods in the case of Rickenbackers) needs to bee tightened. Rick bass truss rods are quite thin and I find it helps to manually force a bit of backbow into the neck as you are tightening the nuts. ie) rest the neck upside down between your knees and push on the centre gently as you tighten the rods; it helps reduce the load on the rods.

    Andy

    P.S. You can check relief by holding the strings down at the first fret and at the body joint, then look for relief on a fret mid-way between those points. Try for about .75mm as a starting point on a bass; you may find you want less than that depending on action height and playing style

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    i have one truss rod. I press a string on the first fret and on the 20th and i see the bow. I tightened the truss rod, it helped a bit, and the problem is worse for the E string than for the G string. And i have high frets also, only on the E string at 17/18 or so. I have to file them a little bit.

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