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Thread: MusicMan Stingray 4 Factory shim or not ?

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    MusicMan Stingray 4 Factory shim or not ?

    Hello,
    Your Stingray have a shim ? Because mine haven't a shim.. It's a 2012 MusicMan Stingray 4.

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    Well, if your neck mates with the body perfectly, and the action is fine, then why worry?

    '10 EBMM Classic Stingray 4H classic white/maple
    '99 G&L LB-100 black/rosewood
    12" Mesa Boogie Walkabout Scout combo

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    Shimming is a normal element of setting up. If
    the shim is invisible ... a zero shim ... then your
    ax hit factory spec set up that way. But set up is
    personal and subjective and you may prefer to
    shim your neck, especially if you de-fret it !

    IOW shimming is not a "build quality" issue. It's
    one huge reason to favor bolt-on necks as well.
    Last edited by Golem; 10-07-2014 at 07:58 PM.
    EB SUB SL4 - SR4p FL [x3]
    Early EB SR4 defretted
    SR4HH FL [Moses neck]
    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL
    SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL [x2]
    Bongo4Hp FL [x2]

    "Too many basses is never enuf"

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    Hello,

    I have 3/32inch on the E string with the saddle low as possible... So I need a shim ?

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    Do you bought the bass recently? Warranty?
    Is your neck bowed?
    Do you try to setup/straighten the neck?

    We need more infos/pictures etc.
    1979 StingRay natural maple

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    You should go to the ebmm website and folow the instructions in the faq page under "how do i set up my musicman bass?" Follow these steps and sugested measurements and 99% chance you'll be fine if you set it up properly.
    1977 stingray II guitar--walnut------------maple fb
    1994 stingray 4H---------natural------------rosewood fb
    1998 sterling 4H----------trans red---------birdseye maple/rw
    2006 Jp6---------------------mystic dream--birdseye maple/rw
    2010 Classic sr4----------coral red---------birdseye maple
    2013 Luke III HSS--------olive gold--------rosewood neck
    2014 stingray 4 HH-----neptune blue---flamed maple
    2014 Luke III HSS--------bodhi blue-------birdseye maple/rw

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucas Vecco View Post
    Hello,

    I have 3/32inch on the E string with the saddle low as possible...
    So I need a shim ?
    At the octave ? Thaz an OK setup, but you should be able to
    get that without setting your saddle to bottom out. You'd do
    well to put a shim in the rear of the neck socket. Biz card or
    slightly thicker ... but I avoid using paper and prefer plastic
    or metal. IOW "biz card" is a unit of [approximate] measure
    but not really the recommended material. I use plastic from
    "blister pack" consumer goods packaging, or metal from pie
    pans, etc. Disposable CHEAP [thin] pie pans are good. The
    better quality [tho also disposable] can be too thick. Credit
    card plastic is usually too thick. Playing cards may work but
    I've never tried them.
    EB SUB SL4 - SR4p FL [x3]
    Early EB SR4 defretted
    SR4HH FL [Moses neck]
    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL
    SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL [x2]
    Bongo4Hp FL [x2]

    "Too many basses is never enuf"

    Golem is NOT engaging in social networks.

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    I use the FAQ and the very interesting setup on this link : https://gc.guitarcenter.com/basses/m...ment_setup.pdf

    My neck is straight and not warp : I depress on the E string the 1st and the 15th fret and the gap on the 7th fret is around 0.010 inch.

    So the neck is adjust. I put a pink shim send by MusicMan in the neck pocket and the saddles are a little higher. At the beginning, before I put the pink shim the saddles are low as possible and I couldn't lower them more with the neck adjusted.

    Now my action at the 12th fret :

    E string : 6/64
    A = 5/64
    D = 5/64
    G = 6/64

    This is good for the A and D string ? Because I have no radius gauge..

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    Don't see why you have the action on the
    'G' higher than the A- and D-strings. Not a
    big deal, but customarily, action descends
    continuously from E-to-G. If your reason is
    that your G-string saddle is bottomed out,
    then you need a slightly thicker shim. Two
    layers of heavy gauge plastic packing tape
    on your current shim would be equally OK.
    EB SUB SL4 - SR4p FL [x3]
    Early EB SR4 defretted
    SR4HH FL [Moses neck]
    SL4p FL [x2] - SL4HS FL
    SL4HS FL [Moses neck]
    SR5HS alnico - SR5p FL [x2]
    Bongo4Hp FL [x2]

    "Too many basses is never enuf"

    Golem is NOT engaging in social networks.

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