The Project: Short-scale bass guitar - Continuing to re-attach the hardware, I put the pickup in place, followed by the scratchplate, thumb-rest, and the bridge. I then decided to put the strings on also, so I could see whether or not it was all going to work as it should.
Pt 6: Stumbling Block
The strings were very old, flat wound (or tape wound), but that was unimportant; they still highlighted a very serious problem. The action was extremely high.
Looking down the neck I could clearly see that, with the pull of the strings, the neck was as bent as a banana.
So, off came the truss-rod cover, out came the allen keys and having tighted the truss rod as far as it would go...
The neck was still bowed!
- Replace the bridge with a Fender style one that sits lower down on the body, and which might help decrease the action and make the bowing less pronounced.
- Find a new (straight) neck.