Bridge - Through Body or Through Bridge?

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Bridge - Through Body or Through Bridge?

Post by grumpy_dog666 » 15 Apr 2009, 02:28

just got my Lakland bass.

LURVE IT.......but wanted to know

what do people prefer, string the bass with the through body holes or through the bridge holes?

whats the effect?
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Re: Bridge - Through Body or Through Bridge?

Post by whatthekoon » 15 Apr 2009, 06:49

I used to string through the body when I owned an Ibanez ATK. The sound was a little tighter especially on the B string. It's not a dramatic difference though.

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Re: Bridge - Through Body or Through Bridge?

Post by ROON » 16 Apr 2009, 02:20

Apparently, through body increases sustain and tension. Through bridge increases attack. I dunno, couldn't care less to be honest. It's one of those things that doesn't really matter.
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Re: Bridge - Through Body or Through Bridge?

Post by Rude_Mechanical » 16 Apr 2009, 07:47

Repeat after me: string tension is a function of string gauge & construction, the instrument's scale length and the pitch to which it is tuned. It is not affected by stringing through the body, using a reversed headstock, adding washers beyond the bridge etc etc.

That's Ibanez, Timmy C & Gary WIllis to blame for the above examples.

What through-body stringing will do for you is increase the downward force over the bridge saddles, increasing the string coupling which might add a bit of sustain. Others have said that it stops the bridge saddles from rattling, or skating all over the place (I'm looking at you, MIM Fender bridges!).

The one thing I can say for sure is that a dual-load bridge increases the options available to you when buying strings ;)

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Re: Bridge - Through Body or Through Bridge?

Post by bianchijustin » 16 Apr 2009, 10:51

Yeah +1 Rude_M. I have had my 55-94 for about 3 years now and have tried every possible config... the brand of string is really only deciding factor. IMHO. Get some R Cocco strings on it and it will growl and bark and snap like a rabid dog!!

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