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Username: jbybj

Post Number: 76
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - 9:33 am:   Edit Post

The threads, anchored in the neck, that secure the nut on my Epic, had become dislodged. I set about fixing this, by reseating the threads with some wood epoxy, (behaves like real wood!!) When I had the strings off, I decided to put a little brasso to the tailpiece and the bridge. For the first time since I have owned this bass, the brass looks great. When I strung it up and plugged it in, I was surprised to find that the tone had improved, noticeably. I mention this to encourage all you tone freaks out there who might not have considered this, a clean bass sounds better than a tarnished one, go figure.......
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Username: adriaan

Post Number: 1463
Registered: 6-2002
Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - 9:45 am:   Edit Post

Not sure what you mean by the threads becoming dislodged - but anyway ...

If the middle bolt on the nut is not tightened (it goes in the opposite direction from the other two - anti-clockwise, I think) then you will lose tone and sustain.

So always make sure those bolts are tightened. And give the brass a nice polish if you have the time.

Not over-tightened, obviously.

(Message edited by adriaan on May 23, 2007)
Username: jbybj

Post Number: 77
Registered: 6-2006
Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 - 1:26 pm:   Edit Post

The middle bolt that tightens down the nut, it screws into threaded metal anchor that is set in a little hole in the neck. That anchor came loose. I am sure it's previous lack of stability had an impact on the tone, but I like to think it's the shining of the brass :-)

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