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How to Setup a Bass with Legend Guitar Tech - COMPLETE PRO BASS SETUP

  • Published on Mar 30, 2023 veröffentlicht
  • Setting up a Bass Guitar with Legend Guitar Technician, Andy Brauer.
    Having setup basses for ALL the great pro bassists of our time like Nathan East, Leland Sklar, Louis Johnson, Abraham Laboriel, Neil Stubenhaus, Stanley Clarke, Anthony Jackson (Thanks Scott's Bass Lessons for the clip), Bob Glaub, Mike Pocaro and countless others... he shares with us his industry secrets on how to get a PRO bass setup for that professional sound.
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    Time Stamps:
    0:00:00 - Andy's Intro
    0:03:28 - Neck Adjustment
    0:07:23 - Tuner Adjustment
    0:09:21 - Fretwork
    0:16:21 - Cleaning the Body
    0:17:55 - Cleaning the Electronics
    0:20:23 - String up and Intonation
    0:23:56 - Repair Swollen Wood Strips on Back of Neck
    0:25:03 - Pickup Adjustment
    0:28:29 - Note Check with Contra "Beat the Game" song
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Comments • 868

  • Extreme Bass Guitar
    Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago +13

    Andy helps me with another bass in this episode in a more candid way:
    clip-share.net/video/Viq599_X-DQ/video.html 🤣🤣

  • Rob Shrock-Shirakbari
    Rob Shrock-Shirakbari 9 months ago +56

    I absolutely adore seeing a master being so open and sharing with his process. Top-level guy.

  • jos geusens
    jos geusens 25 days ago +3

    To organize your desk so that you know where everything is with closed eyes, is what I learned when doing darkroom photography. I still use this technique in what ever I do and it works so much faster and intuitive. Also you'll learn to put on the desk what you really need and prevent losing or scratching things.

  • Mando603
    Mando603 4 months ago +18

    Wow! This is by far, the greatest bass set up video of time! Such a pleasure to watch a master at his craft. 🤘

  • Randall Ulmer
    Randall Ulmer 2 years ago +79

    Andy is as passionate about guitars and basses as you can be. Amazing technician, and his resume tells it all. I started in the business with Andy back in 1979 and he taught me so much. Thanks Andy .. and keep on keeping on!

    • Randall Ulmer
      Randall Ulmer 2 years ago +4

      @Extreme Bass Guitar Andy has a heart of gold.

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  2 years ago +3

      That's so cool to hear!! Thanks for letting us know!! I'm editing another video he's in that should be out within the next week. This guy is hilarious 🤣🤣🤣

  • Popo Gejo
    Popo Gejo 6 months ago +4

    This vid is a treasure, no question. Just to watch Andy is a pure art form. Just to be able to live in an age when we can watch the masters at work is a blessing.
    I'm a self taught tech, and I was amazed to see Andy doing almost the identical things I do to set up properly. There are just no short cuts. Tone and resonance don't happen by accident.

  • gimmeagig
    gimmeagig Month ago +1

    Wow this is the best setup video I have ever seen. Andy is so articulate almost poetic in the way explains what he is trying to achieve with every step. No wonder all the best best players go to him.

  • RockeiroAxeMeister
    RockeiroAxeMeister 2 years ago +22

    What a method. Loves that he gets right down to it and that he's as serious as a heart attack. Totally in control.

  • Chris Martinez
    Chris Martinez 2 months ago +3

    This was so incredibly helpful. Andy is like a full-on instrument yogi

  • Mert Aktas
    Mert Aktas Year ago +59

    This guy is the Jeff Goldblum of guitar/bass tech, I literally can´t stop listening to him.

  • Aqua
    Aqua 2 months ago +3

    Such an impressive dude. Not only does he know his craft, he teaches so well.

  • Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne Month ago

    Clip-Share gold right here! Thank you for sharing this experience with such a wonderful human being. You can tell this man is a music instrument tech legend and really enjoys understanding what makes a guitar sing. Bravo!

  • Wolf Standish
    Wolf Standish Year ago +4

    I'm a beginner but I've watched many videos on setup and this is the first one I have seen address pickup height in this fashion. It makes a lot of sense and I am going to watch this video many times again. Never ignore when a Master speaks.

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago +1

      Thanks for letting us know Wolf! Keep an eye out for today's new episode where he helps me with another bass with more tips! You'll love it!

  • William Johnson
    William Johnson 2 years ago +8

    I loved the pickup adjustments for more balanced sound. It was cool watching Andy dial in the sound. I've always loved playing my electric bass acoustically.

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago

      Yeah, he's all about getting it to sound right before plugging it in! Makes sense!

  • stormbringer67
    stormbringer67 2 years ago +144

    This man needs to have a daily tv-show. Just 30 minutes or so and let him babble a bit about stuff that has his interest. It would be great. Better than Dr. Phil anyway. I would watch!

    • James See
      James See 7 months ago +1

      On today's episode of This Old Bass...

    • Bob Holmes
      Bob Holmes 10 months ago +1

      How's THIS for a premiere episode of that show: Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick brings in one of his trademark multinecks for a full restoration and setup!!

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  2 years ago +9

      I agree! I've been trying to get Andy to do his own videos but he's not technical savvy so I'll have him featured in a bunch of upcoming episodes. Be sure to subscribe!

  • jamjammerjam
    jamjammerjam 3 months ago +3

    I dig humans in their element in any facet. Being a bass player, I can see (and hear) Andy is sitting firmly in that Zen mix; mechanically and philosophically. Great vid, thanks!

  • J F
    J F 6 months ago +4

    Something about watching a master of the craft do their thing is really inspiring.

  • Secret Sandwich
    Secret Sandwich 2 years ago +29

    What an absolute professional. Walking away with some general life tips after watching this.

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  • Greg Moore
    Greg Moore 2 years ago +5

    Thanks man for this content! An absolute masterclass🙌🏾 Blessings!

  • Adam Ragusea
    Adam Ragusea 2 years ago +106

    I enjoyed this program.

  • Zacky Allen
    Zacky Allen Year ago +3

    Love the way this man works. I was having trouble measuring my truss rod relief. This was the easiest way and it works. Thanks for the video. Also a very beautiful bass you have.

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago +1

      Thanks Zacky! Andy will be appearing in today's episode with another amazing bass we work on.

  • Calwyn DeCoster
    Calwyn DeCoster 4 months ago +1

    Wow!!!! Andy, you're a genius. I learned alot from watching you work. Thanks so much man!

  • PDXLimey
    PDXLimey Year ago +3

    Fantastic! I've watched so many bass setup videos over the years, and this one is the best by far. Real world advice and so many little nuggets of info, such as the easy way to check/deal with warbling when setting pickup height (something I was trying to sort out on a bass of mine). So simple it made me slap myself in the head for not thinking of it, but that's the great thing about this vid. All the little "simple" things that are only simple if someone with experience has shown you them, and they all add up to make a big difference. Cheers!

      LARRY CASTRO 5 months ago

      Totally AGREE 💯💯💯👍👍👍

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago +1

      Thank you for the amazing comment!!! I'm going to be making a whole series of videos going in depth to some of the points that he talked about and or missed. Be sure to subscribe and let us know if you have questions!

  • Scott Craig
    Scott Craig Year ago +7

    This was fantastic. Thanks for giving us access to the master tech.

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago +2

      You are very welcome!
      We filmed a follow up to this last week and will have it out soon. This guy is amazing lol!

  • Toni Siret
    Toni Siret 2 years ago +9

    I'm attempting to set - up & clean my bass this week, after 6 years of it sitting in the corner, with the help of this video. So, many thanks. Andy's great; he's like Mick to your Rocky!

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  2 years ago

      Awesome, great to hear Toni! I'm hearing the Rocky theme in my head now LOL.
      Its a great time to dust off that bass and make some magic 🎶 Please let me know how it turns out and if you have any questions during the process.

  • boboala1
    boboala1 Year ago

    This video was excellent & perfectly timed as I have 3 basses at the moment and all are virtually unplayable due to various problems(!)
    I took a half-page of notes & feel privileged to have had a private lesson of sorts from Mr. Brauer! I hope to see more tutorials of him at work in the future - any facet of repair or maintenance is fine with me! Now, for the rest of today & this year, I'm going to strive to 'always be in control!' And...put my $#^%$ tools away when I'm done with them (vs seasonally for me often times! ;-)

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago

      Lol awesome!! He appeared in today's new episode as well with a lot more new tips you'll probably enjoy!

  • vainparasite
    vainparasite Year ago +5

    Wow that blade on the back of the neck😰 did he get those huge scratches out before he gave it back to you. Some of that fret work seemed quite fierce to me too. I don't think I could have watched him do one of mine 👍

    • Seth Taylor
      Seth Taylor 3 months ago +1

      Yeah some of his techniques seemed a little rushed which I guess makes sense on the road. Frets were still diveted after he sanded them and didn't even get the tape residue off. Also his comment about wood veneer affecting pickup sound... Wood / plastic is effectively transparent to magnetic fields. I would assume Bartoloni know what they are doing. None the less he clearly knows his stuff.

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago

      Yup, I followed up with this in the last episode he was in last month where it's perfect.

  • Marco Castillo
    Marco Castillo 2 years ago +2

    Thank you for this video! Im so glad I found it. I was finally able to get the buzz out of my E string and now my bass sounds amazing!

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  2 years ago

      That's what I'm talking about bro!! You are the reason for this video 🙌🙌🙌🙌

  • PMD_in_AZ
    PMD_in_AZ 28 days ago

    A little late to see this for sure, but what a gem Andy is!!

  • Adam S.
    Adam S. Year ago +4

    10:40 It’s nice to see the proper use of the file ( any file actually) ; always file forward, not forward and backward. Backward movement of the file will dull it much faster.
    Great tutorial. Thanks

    • david lopresti
      david lopresti 7 months ago

      I've always thought that while using a metal file (as opposed to a wood file), one should always file in one direction only, and that it's not critical if that one direction is forward or backwards, so long as the strokes are consistently in one direction only. I believe what happens with filing in both directions is that the file gets "clogged" with metal filings and quickly losses it's effectiveness. This is something that I seem to recall learning in high school shop classes, so I may not be 100% correct, as my memory isn't as great as it once was....

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago +1

      Ahhh thank you for that little pointer!

  • Moif
    Moif 2 years ago +8

    Wasn't so sure about this when I started watching, but he had some really great tips in there. Awesome dude. And your breakdowns on some of the things was helpful, too. Subscribed.

  • SwashBuccaneer
    SwashBuccaneer Year ago +3

    Great watch. This guy really loves what he does and is a master.

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago +1

      Agreed! He appeared in today's episode as well with more ridiculousness.

  • Rebel Mastermind
    Rebel Mastermind Year ago +1

    This guy is amazing and so educational. I can tell he loves to share his well earned wisdom.
    That said, I was constantly in tension while watching 😅

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago +1

      LOL I know right! He appears in another episode today, more of a candid view of him more unhinged LOL

  • UFO Skytimewatcher Olaf Weng

    Thanks for these bass guru tips and tricks, now my bass guitar sounds brilliant!👍

  • Omax 10&2
    Omax 10&2 2 years ago +1

    Do not stripp the screws in the saddle of the bridge! Total control, this dude is a total badass! Guitar tech genius and a great bass player as well! Great video, and thank for sharing!

    • Omax 10&2
      Omax 10&2 2 years ago

      @Extreme Bass Guitar Dude, he reminded me of "Doc" from the movie "Back to the future" lol, the truth here is he cares about making sure you don't muckup your bass! and his technical experience and years behind the bench is where he has made his mark! He's multifaceted to say the least! Great guy, thanks for the heads up MG!

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  2 years ago +1

      Thanks for the feed-forward Omax! I got Andy coming up in the next episode, be sure to subscribe to see it cuz it's even more hilarious lol!

  • Michał Krokocki
    Michał Krokocki Year ago

    Wow, the moment regarding pickup height just blew my mind, that's exactly what I needed! I had this problem with "wobbly" sound and I didn't know what was causing it... Thank you! Obviously, the rest is gold as well :)

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago

      Nice! Andy helps me with another bass in today's episode you may enjoy. Also another tip for pickup height.

  • Lotus Dawn Goldkuhl
    Lotus Dawn Goldkuhl 2 months ago

    This Video Rocks!!! I really enjoyed the Intro! ;) And Andy is Such a Legend!!! 🙌💖✨🙏✨✨✨🌅

    UEILLEVX 2 years ago +2

    Thank you! I now enjoy my bass. My action was so high that when I tightened the rod where it needed to be, my truss saddle for low E wouldn’t go back far enough for intonation. There was enough room for it to go back but I actually had to shorten the adjustment screw to get it back there.

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  2 years ago

      Awesome!! Glad this could be a help for you!! Got some more videos coming out with Andy, be sure to subscribe!

  • Kirk e Fond
    Kirk e Fond 8 months ago

    Excellent vid Andy, you are an artist. I have a question about string length. I have read that only the silk end or tail of the string should wrap the tuning peg and a new set of La belle LTF strings I bought for my 1965 Framus Star Bass 5/150 say "only the silk portion of the string should wrap around the tuning post".

  • weekendgameguy
    weekendgameguy 7 months ago

    Holy crap this was amazing....I can't wait to go re-setup my bass

  • Wolfgang Schirl
    Wolfgang Schirl Year ago +1

    thanx for this video. very interesting and informative. I like the love and passion you put in the work.

  • al silverman
    al silverman 2 years ago +1

    I taught myself to mod, rebuild, fret, and set up work by buying a lot of inexpensive guitars then selling them to performing guitarist. Most of them don’t believe an inexpensive guitar can play and sound amazing until it’s in their hands. Having purchased my first 2 bass guitars I was interested in learning more about bass setups and this video shows that from A to Z. Thanks Michael for this great video!

    • al silverman
      al silverman Year ago

      @Extreme Bass Guitar very cool video Michael! Most of the maintenance stuff I currently know. The one thing that you brought up was how the frets looked to be working their way out of fret board. I’ve also noticed that on a number of guitars I’ve worked on. Having never done any re-fretting, I just left the as they were and leveled them in place. But from now on I’ll be using that method to reseat the frets before any leveling takes place. Thanks for that. I also like the idea of using the oil with steel wool. Myself I tend to stay away from steel wool because it can get so messy. One thing I’ve found is that cleaning fretboard wood is I don’t like to sand across the grain because it can leave marks that show, so I try to sand with the grain if I sand at all. I use a cool thing called a “Headband Magnifier Double Lens” (Amazon) for fine work especially fret work. This magnifier helps to see the in large detail to remove or smooth areas without removing to much. Another thing I do is from the 12th fret to 22nd etc… I take additional surface off the frets to make those last frets lower because they always seem to cause additional problems when playing from 10 and up.
      I have an acquaintance who’s a bassist. Plays upright and electric. He loves to modify and build. Mostly with inexpensive parts, but he’s amazing what he can do. He has built fully adjustable bass bridges from just raw brass. No power tools just saws and files. If I can find the pics I’ve take of his stuff I would like to send you those pics. Do you have an email address available? Peace.

    • al silverman
      al silverman Year ago

      @Extreme Bass Guitar thanks very much I will sure check it out. I love learning new stuff that helps me be better at my passion. Every time I do another fret job I realize there’s something else I can do to make it better than the last one. Thanks for the shout out. Have a great New Year and stay safe. 👍🏻

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago +1

      Very cool Al! I released another episode with him in it today with more tips and craziness you may enjoy!

  • Richard Merriam
    Richard Merriam 2 years ago

    I've used a 38/9/357 cal. bore brush for cleaning and burnishing 1/4" jacks for many years. It makes a difference. Thanks for the great video!

  • John Lobanowski
    John Lobanowski Year ago

    A wonderful and fascinating video from an expert bassist!

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago

      Thanks John! If you liked this episode you'll love today's that he appears in.

  • william richardson
    william richardson Year ago +1

    this was very informative ...you just saved me a lot of money by showing me how to do this myself .....keep up the good works !!!.....my Ibanez bass has been sounding off ...i used what i learned here and fixed the problem...

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago +1

      Great to hear thanks for letting us know
      More tips to come!!

  • Randy Fricke
    Randy Fricke Year ago

    It's always a pleasure to watch a pro work.

  • gilpi552
    gilpi552 Year ago +4

    Two things that Impressed me were the pickup height adjustment and the neatness of his bench.

  • nicacrush
    nicacrush 6 months ago +1

    This video is key critical if you plan on doing any steup/adjustments on your instrument

  • jv23
    jv23 8 months ago

    man...the knowledge he has on bass is like he invented it...

  • Thompsongs
    Thompsongs 2 years ago +3

    Also: that bass sounds fantastic. I imagine it could only sound even better with uncovered pickups and a non-tremolo bridge (would the bridge make an audible difference? I don't know).

    • Thompsongs
      Thompsongs Year ago +1

      @Extreme Bass Guitar makes sense. But I'd say no harm done since it still sounds great.

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago +2

      Yeah the bridge definitely makes a difference in the sound, if you're looking for the pure tone I think it does sound better without it. But I have to do that wacky crazy stuff lol

  • ahorseinahospital
    ahorseinahospital 2 years ago +1

    This is an extremely useful video, thanks a lot for making it

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago

      Appreciate the comment! We have a follow up to this video coming soon, it's ridiculous lol.

  • 60DegreeLobWedge
    60DegreeLobWedge 2 years ago +4

    This was great. I've watched several videos like this and everyone does it a little different. It clearly is as much an art as it is a science. What happened with the low fret you had taped? Did the fret work even it out or did it still need the tape?

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  2 years ago +1

      After he leveled and filed the frets It made it better. I'll be doing a more focused video on that topic in the future, be sure to subscribe!

  • orry Fishburne
    orry Fishburne 2 years ago +2

    I am extremely jealous of that trem system on that bass. I always wanted to have vibrato on a bass, but i never knew it existed.

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago

      It's a super cool feature to have! I actually do an unboxing of the bridge in today's new episode that Andy also appears in for an other nice bass. You may enjoy seeing that!

    • peteMTB
      peteMTB Year ago +1

      Listen to Primus Les Claypool uses it a lot

  • Maxime Putigny
    Maxime Putigny 11 months ago

    This video is awesome. What a great teacher ! Thanks a lot

  • Axy-dent-ly dreaming

    He did a very good job! And look how clean, organized and tidy his work bench is!
    First time I hear somebody else beside me, mentioning the influence of the truss (not trust😉) rod on tone. Steel rods under tension have a certain vibrating property, and that seems to get utterly overlooked by builder.

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago

      Thanks for your comment! Andy appears in another episode today with more tips!

  • joey travers
    joey travers Year ago

    This guy is a bass fixing ninja! Real talent.

  • Renan Dias
    Renan Dias 2 years ago +1

    Awesome video! I have an important question that I would love to be addressed: What would be the proper maintenance for a bass that has a kink in the neck, or a ski jump, uneven neck relief? I have two great basses, (one 1979 Ibanez and a 90's Carvin) unfortunately both have similar neck conditions:where the first part of the neck from 1 to 12th fret is very flat, truss rod is kind of functional, but around the 12 or 14th fret there is a big dip. Instead of having relief by 6th or so, most of the relief is by fret 12th or 14h. Problems: They buzz by the last frets, high action by 14th fret, too low action from 1 to 6h frets. Both are delicate basses that I wouldn't want to have the fingberboard removed and reshaped, I'd rather try fixing the neck itself with some kind of treatment, heat, clamp, etc. I would like to hear a suggestion on how to address these problems. Many thanks!

    • Grant Koeller
      Grant Koeller 2 years ago +3

      Fret removal and fingerboard re-planning with radius block.

  • zproDZMods
    zproDZMods Year ago

    This guy is literally unbelievable ! Wow!

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago

      Seriously, Andy is a TRIP!! He appears in today's new episode where I film him more candidly. SO HILARIOUS!! LOL

  • Michael Casale
    Michael Casale Year ago +1

    Excellent video! Thanks Sir! I am bookmarking this now, as I royally screwed up some of my basses on my last setup attempt!

  • Al
    Al 2 years ago +4

    It would be amazing to learn from Andy. To get to spend a few months working under him would be cool.

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  2 years ago

      Absolutely, no doubt! I'm very blessed to have this experience. Make sure to subscribe because I have a whole bunch of content of him guiding me through fixing a few of my basses.
      He will make another appearance in the next episode, but a little more candid this time.

  • Iron Work For Any Castle LLC

    I really loved this.. thanks for making this video... He is wonderful...

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago

      Thanks Kirk! He appears in today's new episode as well in a more candid way, such a riot LOL

  • Thompsongs
    Thompsongs 2 years ago +68

    This is almost hypnotic to watch. And I should add the phrase "key-critical" to my lexicon.

    • ViolenceFight
      ViolenceFight Year ago

      Yeah, I love this guy's voice. It took me 3 attempts to get through the whole video because I kept falling asleep. Its bass ASMR. Ive put this on about a dozen times now when I can't fall asleep. The content is great too.

    • Isaac Wriston
      Isaac Wriston Year ago

      @Lewis Bates 😂😂 exactly

  • RDG
    RDG Year ago +1

    Living Legend such a joy to watch so informative I thank you so much for this man

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago

      You are very welcome! We filmed a follow up to this recently, keep an eye out for it!

  • Raymond Castro
    Raymond Castro Year ago +1

    Thanks for posting this, it was the most helpful in adjusting the pickups on my son's Squire 5 string jazz bass.

  • Lance Rigby
    Lance Rigby Year ago

    Ernest sets up a bass guitar. Great stuff! Love the sound of his voice. Much thanks!

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago +1

      LOL Thanks Lance! He appears in today's new episode, more tips and craziness!

    • freyguy05
      freyguy05 Year ago +1

      "Ernest Plays Bass"

  • Emeka Peacewill
    Emeka Peacewill 2 years ago +2

    This is how you give your bass a well deserved 'deep tissue massage'. Very informative.

  • Leo Peres
    Leo Peres 2 years ago +3

    What a great video, what a nice guy ... you got a new subscriber just for this video 👍👍

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  2 years ago

      Thanks for the nice comment Leo!!
      My next video will be a tour of the Alembic factory 🌟 keep an eye out for it!

  • T C
    T C 9 months ago

    I have a schecter 5 string stiletto and I have no idea if the pickups can be adjusted there encased. I have never learned how to play but im trying to learn self taught, Thank You for sharing the Video you are a Bass God, the tutorial makes some sense a little more now on why my bass sounds like it does and what I may need to adjust to get better sound.

  • Steven Espaniola
    Steven Espaniola 2 years ago +1

    This guy needs his own channel!!!

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago

      For real!! I filmed a few segments for him recently, should be out sometime soon!

  • Kyle Falconer
    Kyle Falconer Year ago

    I'm getting major John Witherspoon vibes from this guy. Hilarious and a master of his trade! Thanks for putting this video up!

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago

      You're welcome Kyle! He appears in another episode that releases today, so freaking hilarious!!

  • Paul M
    Paul M Year ago

    Question for Andy: I only own one bass, and I like to go from Standard tuning all the way down to Drop B to play heavy rock. Although not recommended, what would be the best "middle road" tuning to tune my bass to so that I could tune up or down to these tunings?

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago

      Yeah good suggestion by Erik, you may just want to get another bass for that.
      For a tuning difference to that extreme you'd also want different gauge strings.

    • Erik Myers
      Erik Myers Year ago +1

      From my experiences . . . if you want good intonation over a large range like that, the best way is to find a side hustle and save up enough money for a second instrument. It will save you a lot of time in the long run.

  • Gela Tabashidze
    Gela Tabashidze 2 years ago +3

    Great video! What about String Height adjustment from the Bridge? What are his specs for Low - Medium - High actions?

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  2 years ago +1

      That's a good question. This really comes down to the player's preference.
      I personally want the action almost as low as possible for ease of playing fast and complicated parts.
      Some people who play very heavy or with a pic like a higher action to make room for lots of string movement.
      This is why I'm a big proponent of knowing how to set up a bass yourself so you can tinker with different setups.

  • Kev Mac
    Kev Mac 6 months ago +1

    A wonderful lesson by a true artisan.

  • Ethan Ririnui
    Ethan Ririnui Year ago +2

    That is a nice bass and he is an amazing teacher.

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago

      Thanks Ethan!! He appears in another episode today for more tips with another crazy cool bass I bought.

  • Mihai Moldoveanu
    Mihai Moldoveanu 2 years ago +59

    I consider some procedures from this video to be too invasive. Luthiers usually do not use fret flies to clean frets, because they might take off too much fret material. Steel wool or ultra fine grit sandpaper works very well. Also, scratching the back of the neck with a razor blade, I would have done this with ultra fine grit sandpaper. Not the way I would do it for sure!

    • Christian Astorga
      Christian Astorga 2 days ago

      I guess that’s the difference between a professional luthier conducting a setup and someone who isn’t?

    • jo mamma
      jo mamma 4 days ago +2

      @Hadrian failed us Lol, complaining about the work of a master tech are we? BTW that makes you look like the little man you actually are.

    • K C M Walker
      K C M Walker 2 months ago

      @Extreme Bass Guitar a cabinet scraper is the better tool, but maybe harder to track down on the road than a razor blade.

    • K C M Walker
      K C M Walker 2 months ago

      the razor blade is a fine substitute for a cabinet scraper which is the best tool for smoothing out swollen wood on the backside of a neck. sandpaper is expensive and unsustainable and it will leave the surface rough and porous which may lead to continued swelling issues over time. a musician could get by with one inexpensive cabinet scraper for the entirety of their career.
      cleaning frets with fretting files is overly aggressive, but he knocks the job out in just a couple minutes. if i were a tech on the road for one of the professionals mentioned here who can afford to have their instruments refretted regularly and i didn't want to spend hours cleaning/recrowning frets on multiple instruments, i may consider going that route.

    • kangham
      kangham 3 months ago +1

      Should take the time to lay masking tape on the fingerboard. Then, could work the Frets with more pressure. But, it’s a set up, not a fret job… Returned it better than it was, that’s what the point.

  • florin simion
    florin simion 9 days ago +1

    the man is a legend! Awesome video, thanks!!

  • Tony
    Tony 2 years ago +4

    Great video!
    The Pickup part in this video is where some magic is happening.
    I'm not sure what he is listening for. I think he is looking to minimise warble for the neck pickup adjustment, but the difference is hard to hear for my untrained ear. I don't understand what is done for the bridge pickup.
    For the next video, maybe you can ask him to explain a little bit more what exactly to listen to?

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  2 years ago

      That's a really great request and I am planning to answer that question with a new bass that has a perfect example where this can be heard very clearly!
      Be sure to subscribe, it's going to be done with a 7 String Conklin.
      And thank you!

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  2 years ago

      That's a really great request and I am planning to answer that question with a new bass that has a perfect example where this can be heard very clearly!
      Be sure to subscribe, it's going to be done with a 7 String Conklin.

  • Paul Nicolosi
    Paul Nicolosi 2 years ago +5

    All musicians should learn as much as much as possible about working on their own instruments.
    It’s not rocket science and it all can be learned, if you invest the time.
    Be self sufficient. Don’t depend on anyone. You’ll be very glad you acquired repair skills, somewhere down the road.
    I worked as a bass player aboard cruise ships, for many years. When you’re crossing the Atlantic Ocean and something in your Bass goes south, you’d better have your shit together as a guitar tech, because there will be ‘no one’ to help you.
    When you’re on the road, land or ocean, Murphy’s Law rules all.
    Depend on yourself, always...

    LARRY CASTRO 5 months ago +1

    Magnificent information. Gracias JEFFE

  • gyffes gyffes
    gyffes gyffes Year ago

    Zen and the Art of Bass Maintenance. I do IT, and his words about taking your time sooooo apply to what we do: mistakes can take forever to find and fix, so slow down and do it right the first time!

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago

      Great stuff, thanks! He appears in another episode today, more tips from the master!

  • Jordan
    Jordan 2 years ago +4

    Thank you for the much need key critical adjustments!

  • Mikee535
    Mikee535 Year ago +1

    Great video, one thing I think you missed was adjusting the height of the nut. String height over the first fret.

    • Mikee535
      Mikee535 Year ago

      @Extreme Bass Guitar great work, thank you!

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago +1

      Yeah you know I already had it dialed in before I gave it to him so we didn't even cover it.
      I plan on following up with that in another episode. More content with Andy coming out soon!

  • Irontail Rolo
    Irontail Rolo Year ago +1

    Wonder how much better my basses would feel if I had him do a set up for me.

  • Horacio Jimenez NYC
    Horacio Jimenez NYC Year ago +1

    Man! What a great video. Thank you Mr. Brauer Thank you Michael!

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago +1

      Thank you Horacio, he appeared in today's new episode you will probably enjoy as well!

  • BlueDevilsBari
    BlueDevilsBari Year ago +4

    @8:52 "...keep your area clear of distractions and everything in its place so you know where everything is to continue working even if blinded or during an outage..." wow this guy is fun to listen to! I think I would rather wait until you could see to focus on the work. Maybe he means if when backstage doing a quick repair in the dark, during a gig? Even then, I don't think you could take that comment seriously. Overall I really did find this to be incredibly great source of detailed knowledge for those inclined to perform these skills.

  • Johnathan
    Johnathan 2 years ago +3

    Should you do truss rod and saddle bridge adjustments before changing strings or after changing strings?

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  2 years ago +4

      Great question, afterwards especially if you're changing to a different gauge.

  • Fili2009able
    Fili2009able Year ago +1

    Wow I need a job like yours ! thanks for this video, I'm learning how to set up a bass guitar etc.
    Subscribed and I'll watch your videos asap

  • Tim Buerkle
    Tim Buerkle 2 years ago +2

    I doubt if I have the ear, but I’m going to try like hell to use his method of setting pickup height
    Thanks for posting !!

  • Daniel Mugnaini
    Daniel Mugnaini 2 years ago +2

    Beautiful work!

  • fenderjaguarbass64

    muito bom very good

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago

      Thank you! If you liked this episode you may enjoy Andy's next appearance in today's release: clip-share.net/video/Viq599_X-DQ/video.html

  • Bobby Meeks
    Bobby Meeks 5 months ago +1

    This was brilliant!

  • John Herman
    John Herman 10 months ago +1

    So awesome guys. I have a Marcus Miller 5 string, and it failed the 12 fret test in a quick check of the B string...I got work to do...LOL

  • Paul Coverdale
    Paul Coverdale Year ago

    Wow increadible to see a master at work
    Thanks for sharing guys
    Paul 13.28 gmt Uk cheers

  • joseph walton
    joseph walton 2 years ago +1

    God I would give my soul for that bass lol. Always wanted a Warrior 5 with a tremolo. Thing is so sweet my man🤘🤘.

  • Mike Smith
    Mike Smith 2 months ago

    Speaking as a guitar tech, I cannot find a single point to disagree with Andy on. No nonsense, and really knows his job. His haste is enviable, I work far slower, but then he’s probably been doing it his whole life.

  • Zaccary Maguire
    Zaccary Maguire 2 years ago +1

    This is Epic!!! Well done hunting this Legend down

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago +1

      Very welcome Zaccary!
      We have a follow up episode to this coming out soon, even more ridiculous lol!

  • Andrés Tomás
    Andrés Tomás 2 years ago

    This has to be the best set up video i have seen in my entire life, and remember to ALWAYS BE IN CONTROL.

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago +1

      Thank you for the great comment Andrés! He appeared in today's episode as well with more tips and craziness you'll probably enjoy!

  • artoideone
    artoideone 2 years ago

    Very valuable lessons 👍

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago

      Definitely! He gave a few more lessons in the episode I released today that he appeared in. You may enjoy that as well!

  • Marc Thompson
    Marc Thompson Year ago +2

    I hit Thumbs Up 5 minutes in. Didn’t need to get to the end. Great video and Andy Brauer has such a HUGE personality which I like.

    • Extreme Bass Guitar
      Extreme Bass Guitar  Year ago +1

      Stay tuned we have more content with him coming! Thanks for the support 🙌