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Eminence Portable Upright Bass: Neck Removal and Assembly

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Published on Oct 22, 2009

Gary Bartig, designer of the Eminence Bass (http://www.gelbass.com), demonstrates neck removal and assembly for his removable neck basses. Call Gary toll-free at 800-741-3045 for any questions you may have, or email him at gelbass@aol.com.

Removal of the Neck: 1. Loosen the strings. Install one strap on the neck just below the nut to hold the strings in place. Pull the strap snug, and then slide it down towards the bridge to tighten. 2. Remove the bridge and unhook the strings from the tailplate. Secure the strings to the fingerboard with the second strap. 3. Loosen the neck screw approximately 4 rotations, without removing it. Rap the head of the screw with the palm of your hand to unseat the neck joint. Then remove the screw and detach the neck. Put the screw back into the neck joint to prevent loss. 4. Put the neck in the neck case, and the body of the bass in the full size gig bag. Then place both pieces in the hard flight case; the soft gig bag provides padding. Make sure to secure the latches.

Assembly of the Neck: 1. Remove the screw from the neck joint. (NOTE: if you lose this thumb screw, you can replace it with a socket cap screw — #10-32, 3/4 length — at any hardware store; an Allen wrench will also be needed for tightening the cap screw.) 2. Slide the neck joint into the body joint. Put the thumb screw in through the hole in the back of the bass. Tighten the screw until snug only DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN. 3. Lay the bass on a bed, table, or carpeted floor. Connect the E and G strings to the tailplate. Align the bridge onto the marks on the bass top and place the E and G strings in the proper bridge notches. 4. Snug the strings at the tuners to hold the bridge erect. Next attach the A and D strings. When bringing the strings up to pitch, keep an eye on the bridge IT WILL TEND TO TIP TOWARD THE NECK. Gently push the TOP of the bridge back, keeping the bridge feet at the marks on the bass top. 5. If you find yourself with no output from the pickup, most likely the top of the bridge is tipping forward and the feet are not flat on the bass belly. In that case, push the TOP of the bridge back towards the tailplate so that the feet sit squarely on the bass belly.

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