My bass hates gut D strings?

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by transition, Mar 26, 2014.


  1. transition

    transition

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    Hey gang - long time, no post...

    My bass doesn't seem to like gut D strings, and I'm wondering what the answer is.

    About a year ago, I went from Evah Pirazzi weichs to a mixed set of Anima E and A and Gamut Lyon medium D and G.

    The D string just never settled in. It was dead and didn't have a good pitch center.

    A few weeks ago, I finally had enough and bit the bullet to try a Pistoy light. Initially, it seemed like things were going to be great - after just two days, it already sounded better than the Lyon. But... it didn't continue to get any better than that.

    It's been almost two weeks now, and it really hasn't changed much. The intonation has stabilized, so I think it's pretty much all stretched out now. But it's still very quiet, fuzzy sounding, and fairly dead.

    I thought it was possible that my Lyon medium was just a dud, but the chances of getting another dud seem slim.

    I never really had any problems with the D string when I was using Evah Pirazzis.

    So...
    Is this possibly a sound post issue?
    Is there another thing that could be done to the bass?
    Should I just consider another string?
    If so, what would work well with the other three I've got?

    I absolutely love the other three strings, so I don't really want to give up on this type of setup.

    I'm just sick of having a dead sounding D string.

    :help:
  2. bskts247

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    I dont have any experience with any of these strings (other than Evah's briefly) but you may want to try a full set of Animas or get get an Anima D string
  3. KUNGfuSHERIFF

    KUNGfuSHERIFF

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    That's life with a plain gut D, on your bass, my bass, everybody's bass.

    Anima Ds are nice next to a Lyon G, as are Garbo Light Ds.
  4. HateyMcAmp

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    +1
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  6. bopit01

    bopit01

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    Many of those brands I've not heard of. I started another thread on gut strings, because I am looking to try other brands or at least source a reputable supplier and a good price without compromising on quality.
    Have you taken your bass to a bass luthier? He may have some suggestions.
    My D is dull also, but when I change to a fresh set of strings it seems to bring the notes back to life (at least for a while)
    If you do figure out why - please share as I'm sure we'd all love to know.
    Cheers
  7. DoubleMIDI

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    What about repositioning the soundpost? At least worth a try if you want to stay with gut. But naked gut D (and A!) strings are thick and I doubt you get a better one than a Pistoy light D. You can probably try metal wound gut for the D (they are thinner and should sound better than naked Ds). Or stay with a downtuned Evah Solo E string for the D.
  8. tito mangialajo

    tito mangialajo

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    I have a Pistoy D light. Great string!
  9. lcdck

    lcdck

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    Gut D's don't work on some basses. Neal Miner says his bass never worked with natural gut so he plays an oliv D. Have you tried the backwards threading at the tailpiece? It may give you a little more tension and bring some life to your D.

    Gauge may be another factor. I use a heavy Pistoy D and it speaks well on my bass but every bass is different.
  10. transition

    transition

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    Thanks to all of you!!

    I never realized that gut Ds were often problematic. I love the sounds of the other three strings, so I'm a bit hesitant to start mucking around with soundpost adjustments. I think I'll try an Anima.

    So... anyone want to buy a less than one month old Pistoy light D?

    :meh:
  11. DoubleMIDI

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    I just thought the problem might not be the strings but the soundpost position, so trying other strings might not help too much in that case. And adjusting the soundpost (even if done by a luthier) might be cheaper than a few more D strings or complete string sets ...
  12. josiah goldfish

    josiah goldfish

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    Gut D's are something you either love or hate.

    Personally, I love the sound of a fat, thumpy D string, and so does my bass! It's just so flabby and round :)

    Joe
  13. transition

    transition

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    It wasn't so much that it was "thumpy" - I want thump. It was just dead dead dead and had no pitch center. As in, it had lots of different pitch centers and sounded almost like some kind of multiphonic.

    Got an Anima D. Tonewise, it sits nicely between the Anima A and the Lyon med G, so: perfect!

    Thanks, all!
  14. Gregmak

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    I have had the same problem with D gut strings for the past 3 years. I have tried different D guts, tried more tension. And nothing. Though it didn't sound as dead, but definitely had weird pitch problems. Sometimes I would play a note, and it would be a bunch of notes together. This would occur mostly in the middle area of the fingerboard, just before the thumb position. I now switched to steel strings, and although I miss the thumpy sound of gut, at least now I can hear my notes clearly. Maybe I'll go back after a while but who knows. Like others have said, it's love or hate thing.
  15. Nathan Peck

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    Transition- I'll buy that Pistoy light D if you have it still.
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