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Setup Instructions

Important Tips for ALL EMINENCE BASSES

Bridge Placement:

The most important thing to remember when setting up your Eminence Bass is to make sure the bridge is not tipping forward.

Push the top of the bridge back towards the endpin with your thumb, centered at the top of the bridge. When viewed from the side, the bridge should look like itís tipping backwards toward the endpin.

Replacing Strings - Tuner Peg Tip:

When replacing strings, make sure to shorten the length so that when wound on the tuning post they do not bind between the bottom of the tuning post and the peg box. In other words, if a string touches the wood below the tuning post and starts to bind, the gears of the tuner may become stripped.

Endpin Screws:

When tightening, tighten the back endpin screw first, then the side one; when loosening, loosen the side screw first, then the back one.

Download the PDF:  Important Tips for the Eminence Portable Upright Bass

Neck Removal and Assembly for the REMOVABLE NECK MODEL

Eminence Bass neck removal/assembly (YouTube) Watch Eminence designer, Gary Bartig, demonstrate removal and assembly of the Eminence removable neck model.

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 onlyDO 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.

To Prevent Tuner Peg Damage:

When placing the neck case into the hard flight case with the gig bag, always ensure that the tuner pegs are facing up/towards the top of the flight case. If the tuner pegs are facing down/towards the bottom of the flight case, there is more chance of damage if dropped or jarred.

Download the PDF:  Neck Removal and Assembly

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