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Lo Riders vs Hi Beams - ***?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by tylerwylie, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2008
    Roswell, GA
    On my 6 string fretless, I had a set of Lo Riders .030 - .130 and was getting some buzz on my E, A, and D strings where I normally didn't. I thought this was weird as I know Lo Riders are a bit stiffer than Hi Beams (not higher tension, actually lower tension with the sets I have when compared on my rubberneck Ibanez).

    Today, get a set of Hi Beams in gauges .030 .040 .060 .080 .100 .125 and strung them on, and now there is no more buzz. I haven't touched the truss rod and haven't touched a bridge saddle and I am getting absolutely no buzz. Not only are these Hi Beams which are more flexible, but they are also a thinner gauge so they should also be lower tension than a thicker set of Lo Riders(but still higher tension than Lo Riders of similar gauges.)

    So what gives, were my Lo Riders bad... why am I able to get lower action on my fretless with the Hi Beams... I can't figure out why unless it's something specific to fretless bass, how the string vibrates against the wood or something.

    Ideas?
     
  2. Oneirogenic

    Oneirogenic

    Nov 10, 2009
    Interesting. My guess is that your neck moved while changing strings accidentally giving you a better setup. Where on the fingerboard were you getting buzz?
     
  3. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2008
    Roswell, GA
    5th and 6th 'fret' position more than anything else, no where else on the neck though.
     
  4. Oneirogenic

    Oneirogenic

    Nov 10, 2009
    You may have had a slight back bow that corrected itself. Necks move over time and changing strings may have helped it move a little more. Hard to say for sure.
     
  5. The only way to know for sure, is get out the setup specs for your instrument.
    Yes, step-by-step is actual work, but you will know for sure.
     



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