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Thread: Stingray Neck-Heel Shim?

  1. #16
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    Following up on this in case anyone is interested. Got the three shims from CS. Decided to try the middle, pink (0.015") on first figuring I could then decide to go up or down. Decided that one was a bit big so moved to down to the brown (0.010") one which is what CS recommended anyways. Bass feels nice
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    Glad it worked out! Just a little bit in there can make a big difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    Glad it worked out! Just a little bit in there
    can make a big difference.
    The neck is a see-saw pivoting on the front
    edge of the body pocket. The shim is very
    close to the pivot and the nut is waaaaaaay
    far away from it. A hundreth of inch of shim
    thickness is worth a very visible fraction of
    inch out at the nut !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Golem View Post
    The neck is a see-saw pivoting on the front
    edge of the body pocket. The shim is very
    close to the pivot and the nut is waaaaaaay
    far away from it. A hundreth of inch of shim
    thickness is worth a very visible fraction of
    inch out at the nut !
    Yes this makes loads of sense when you really think about it.

    The shimming definitely helped but I'm still having some fret-buzz issues. Nothing awful but still noticeable, no doubt exacerbated by my playing style (I hammer the strings pretty hard) and string gauge (45-105). I'm thinking I just need to bite the bullet and get it professionally set-up, fret dressing and all. I've had the bass close to 10 years now and this would be its first professional setup.
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    I like low action and have set up many a bass, used shims and dressed frets. Some necks you get where you want them and some you don't. It is wood after all.

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    Random follow up on this a few months later. Took it to a luthier who unfortunately told me the neck has developed a slight twist to it which probably explains a lot of my issues. He did some fret work to try to compensate for it which seemed to help a little bit. Anyways, still unclear if the bass did in fact originally have a shim in there but I'm keeping the brown shim in for now. Not sure how much of the twisted neck is my fault for not taking good enough care of the instrument when I was younger or if it's just one of those things that happens sometimes that was out of my control. A bummer for sure but the bass is by no means unplayable, just hard to get the feel as nice as you'd expect an EBMM Stingray to be without a lot of buzz. I guess if I really get a serious Stingray itch again I'll have to get one of these fancy new ones
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbonesullivan View Post
    That's possible. My 4 string sting ray did not have a shim when I had the neck off. 5 string came stock with a Brown Shim. I have not had the neck off my other 5 string stingray.
    I swapped necks on my first two 5s (a '93 unlined fretless, and a '90 lined fretless), and neither had a shim that i recall. The pockets were both nice and snug, and neither even needed any adjustment after the swap.
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