Too much growling low "C"
This is my first post here! But i have been reading the forum for years.
First of all sorry for my poor English. I'm pro in Swedish ;)
I play in a stoner/doom/fuzzrock band consisting of Bass(Me), guitar, drums and singer.
My problem is that my low C just sounds like growling/farting/dead too much compare to the other strings. The growling is from the 12'th Fret (C) down to open C. I can't stand that noise! It's really annoying. Got some fretbuzz but thats doesn't botter me as much as the growling...
I got a Fender Jazz bass CIJ with Dimarizo's Model J's(guitar tech installed them), Badass II, tuned in CGCF.
I got Rotosound RS66LE 'Swing Bass 66' Stainless Steel 4-String Bass strings 50-110 on it. I play pretty hard with pick/fingers with plenty of bending through Orange AD200 Mk3. (Had the same problem through Peavey VB-2)
I've tried roll the knobs on the bass but the noise is still there.
My thoughts is: Maybe the pickups is too high or my strings do not fit Drop-C tuning.
Maybe i need strings with higher tension? Maybe flatwounds?
I know some of you might tell me to get thicker strings but i can't stand it.
When I played drop C I used Roto 66 Drop Zone strings. A 110 is way too light for me tuning to C. I prefer a 130.
I had a thunderbird with 130 and didn't felt comfortable with it. I like 110 or even 105.
Does your C string sound better tuned up to D or E?
If so it's the tuning, not the pickup.
As much as you hate to hear it, you probably do need a heavier C string. If the others sound good to you leave them the same.
I just tried it out (have not even thought about it). Tuned to D, it sounds abit better. Tuned to E and the annoying noise was gone...
Guess i need a heavier C string as you guys says.
Am i right in that flatwounds got higher tension and therefore will handle drop-C(with .110) better or am i just silly?
try a 120 on that C string.
Thanks for the replies guys! I'll try à .120 im afraid :)
.110 is too light. Get yourself a 5 string set with either a .130 or .135 low B and put the B E A D strings on your bass and tune that to Drop C (tuning up in this case).
You should check out Circle K strings, especially if you're worried about going too thick, because the gauges go up in really small increments. I've currently got a 112 tuned to C on one of my basses and it sounds and feels great. Plus, having a tension balanced set feels amazing compared to a regular set of strings.
^ Beat me to it.
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