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Dead Low B fix?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RichSnyder, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Previously cybersnyder Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    Endorsing artist: Xsonics cabinets
    Maybe this should be in "Strings", but it is applicable to the dead B syndrome on some basses. On my Fender P5 I've never been happy with the low B string. The notes below E seemed to be dead thuds and notes above that are okay, but nothing great. Last night I was messing around with it and I noticed that B string wasn't really straight across the saddle, it seemed to hump upwards. So I pressed on the B string at the bridge to make sure it has the propper witness point and it had a very noticeable improvement to the B string. I think it's less of an issue with other strings because they have more tension and will fall into place better. So if you're trying out a bass at a store and it seems to have a dead B string, just give it firm press at the saddle, tune it and see if that helps.
  2. Lemon Of Troy

    Lemon Of Troy Banned

    Nov 6, 2012
    Palmetto State
    That's why I love tapered strings :)
  3. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    I use Fender 90505-M flatwounds on my Precision 5. The B string has a tapered end which causes it to sit nicely in the bridge. Sounds great.

  4. Chuck Sylvester

    Chuck Sylvester

    Jul 26, 2009
    Cinnaminson, NJ - South Jersey
    I use the Carvin roundwounds made by LaBella here. The B in this set is also tapered, and is balanced pretty well to the tone and volume of the other 4 strings.

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  6. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I put Sadowsky flats on my P5. They have a tapered B and sound great.
    You should always set your "witness points" on all the strings at the saddle and the nut.
    One more thing I found on my P5 was the nut slot on the B and E strings needed more taper towards the tuning post for a better break angle.

    Check out Rodger Sadowsky's video "Behind the notes" on youtube.
    He gives some great advice about setting up a bass.
    That man knows how to make a 34" 5 string play and sound good.
  7. Bass Viking

    Bass Viking

    Aug 30, 2004
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Frudua (Italian bass maker) has a video on enhancing the B string sound.

    OP, glad to hear it was a simple fix. Some basses have poor B strings no matter what you do.

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