Large Sound Ashbory Bass User's Guide

The user's guide is recommended reading for anyone new to the Ashbory. A PDF version is available for printing as well.

by Brock A. Frazier -- November 1, 2006


Welcome to the wonderful world of the Ashbory Bass! As you will discover over the following weeks, months, and years of Ashbory playing, it is a very expressive instrument with a full tone. It's also lots of fun to play. Enjoy!

Instrument overview:

Here's a diagram of the Ashbory Bass. Terms such as 'nut' and 'bridge' are standard terms also used for bass guitars.

Ashbory Bass diagram


The silicone rubber Ashbory strings are what give the instrument it's characteristic tone. If you put your ear to the neck as you play, you'll hear the signature sound resonate through the instrument itself. The Ashbory strings are radically different from the metal strings used on a bass guitar, in composition, tension, and how they create warmth.

Installing new strings:

Due to the unique low tension nature of the Ashbory strings, they are more important to the overall sound of the instrument than the metal strings on a bass guitar. Here's a guide to installing strings for optimal performance.

  1. Pre-stretch the strings: The key to better sound and quicker stabilization of the Ashbory strings is to stretch them thoroughly prior to installing them. Stretching the strings is simple, just grab a knot with each hand and pull the ends away from each other. Be assertive with your pulls. If you have a new Ashbory it is a good idea to remove the strings and stretch them out, then reinstall.

  2. Guide the strings as you wind them to pitch so the strings leave the tuning pegs towards the bottom. This is important because it creates downward pressure on the nut. Depending on the amount of winds, it may be necessary to detune a string and then retune with the string winding more towards the top then ending more towards the bottom. Strings play, sound, and feel much better with greater down pressure so make the effort when tuning.

  3. If there isn't too many winds on the E and A strings, the E may be reverse wound so the string pull is more direct. This is not required, but when feasible it does allow for a better string pull which discourages the E from leaving the nut while playing.


There are zero adjustment points on the Ashbory. The bridge is non-adjustable. The neck is non-adjustable. Play and enjoy.


Unlike the Guild models, the new Ashbory basses feature far superior geared tuners. These operate just like regular guitar or bass tuners.


The Ashbory Bass uses a patented piezo transducer pickup system (see and full-time active (battery powered) electronics to transfer the signature tone of the strings to your amp. Here's what you need to know about the different parts of the system.


The Ashbory is a unique instrument, not a bass guitar or an upright bass. It responds well to some playing techniques used for both instruments, but not all. Here's some hints and suggestions on playing the Ashbory.

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A Final Note:

Enjoy your new Ashbory! Thank you for supporting the Large Sound Ashbory Bass resources.


-Brock A. Frazier

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