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Old 10-08-2009, 08:45 PM
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Hello all,

I've just taken delivery on my second set of Smith Compressors (M/L guage) and they went right on the 5MW and straight to a gig. I know that this is a big "OOPS" but I was eager and, what the heck?, I have a goo tuner! Just for good measure, I put in a new KS jack since I've been using a Monster for a few years and the stock was getting a bit loose.

Love the feel, tone and overall playability.

Just my thoughts, Kirk
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Old 10-08-2009, 09:29 PM
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Hello all,

I've just taken delivery on my second set of Smith Compressors (M/L guage) and they went right on the 5MW and straight to a gig. I know that this is a big "OOPS" but I was eager and, what the heck?, I have a goo tuner! Just for good measure, I put in a new KS jack since I've been using a Monster for a few years and the stock was getting a bit loose.

Love the feel, tone and overall playability.

Just my thoughts, Kirk
Not sure what the "big OOPS" is about. Is it because of different gauge strings or something else?
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Old 10-09-2009, 02:08 PM
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I'm assuming due to the strings stretching and going out of tune during the show. That's the only issue I'd worry about anyway.
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Old 10-09-2009, 05:15 PM
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I'm assuming due to the strings stretching and going out of tune during the show. That's the only issue I'd worry about anyway.
That would be an easy fix though; just stretch the strings. On the other hand and to my point, changing gauges changes tension on neck. This could require a neck adjustment and/or a re-set-up, which would take way more time (something you would not want to do right before a gig).
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Old 10-10-2009, 02:08 PM
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Hello all and a "+" to Tim Bishop,

My new set was the same guage as the first so I didn't have any set-up issues. My main concern was staying in tune. I have found that the Smith strings are stable and hold tune very well. The gig went well, also, and there were no issues with staying in tune. I usually don't wire my tuner into my signal path at gigs, I just park it on my Markbass and check tuning before each set.

I cleaned the old set in de-natured alcohol and put them on my back-up bass which I bought to use while I sent my Smith in to Ken for some work. I really wish that I could have afforded a Smith as back-up but just couldn't put the funds together. There's a great looking KS 5 on the 'bay for $2500 but....
I did all the necessary (and more) research and bought a HumanBase 5str. It is a worthy substitute but....
The 34" scale, 3-up/2-down tuners made string swap easy and it plays well but...

Anyway, there's my story for this morning.

Regards, Kirk
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When you change your strings you should also check the intonation and neck relief as these due change with new strings, changing humidity, etc. So if you really want it in tune (meaning it sounds great all the way up to the 24th fret) you should check this when changing strings.

But if you donít have time, and you are using the same string type and gauge, a good trick is to change one string at a time instead of taking them all off and then restringing. Changing one at a time does not allow the neck to relax much and tends to keep things the same, in tune, etc.

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i suggest when you change the strings before a show, put em all on, tume um up, then pull hard where the pickups are, then halfway down the neck, repeat on each string. should put you about 1-1.5 steps low, retune, and do it again, gently. Then tune it up and it will stay in tune. if one keeps going out, pull it again. be sure not to overlap the windings on the uh..winders? or it will never stay in tune.
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