Need to deaden strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by bassplayer60, Apr 30, 2003.

  1. Aloha All...

    I read all the forum postings and could not find my
    subject exactly. So I am posting a new thread. Apologies to all if I missed the info somewhere else.
    I recently had a 'gig' at around 12 noon. I didn't have
    a chance to change my strings the night before as I
    normally do. So I changed them about 830am in the

    When I got to the setting usually are the same
    most of the time...with a little tweak to fine tune the
    crowd, and location, etc.

    This day was not a normal one. On our first tune, I
    found my 'tone' very biting, edgy, w/hissing highs, and no bottom (bass). So...I had to pump up my bass
    setting and cut down on my high and mid highs. I've
    never had that happen before.

    I have a Lakland JO 5 string...great guitar BTW.

    So it's my first set of Lakland 5 string SS set.

    I usually love the sound of brand new strings...but have recently spent a lot of time, slapping and popping.
    This day..I truly wished that I could at least till the end
    of the gig....have my strings that I just took off.

    Never had this happen before....How can I deaden
    my strings? Or...any suggestions or comments welcomed.

    Thanks again

    I love 'TALKBASS.COM' rocks! and so do all of you!

    Aloha from Hawaii

  2. Killdar


    Dec 16, 2002
    Portland Maine
    there actually was a thread on this......somewhere out there.....maybe someone will link to it.

    one of the things to do is rub butter on the strings....supposedly that kills em best. Also, any other kind of thing like that on the hands while playing will do the trick too.
  3. Rub em with olive oil,does the same job as butter but smells a whole lot better IMO
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  5. ReiPsaeg


    Dec 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    Maybe try cutting some highs and mids out with your tone knob?
  6. Doner Designs

    Doner Designs Steve Doner Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Metro Chicago Area
    Doner Designs is an alias for Steve Doner
    Interesting thread. What about fingerboard oil?

    This could be a great trick for evening out the sound of flats where the D and G string have too much zing relative to the E and A.

    I put a new set of Jamersons on my Stingray a couple weeks ago. The G seems to finally be smoothing out.
  7. Assuming you still have the same strings on from when you posted this thread I'd say they should be good and dead by now.
  8. In my experience, nothing kills strings so well as fully detuning and retuning them 3 or 4 times. It's an excellent way to kill your stings.
  9. Timmah


    May 19, 2011
  10. testing1two

    testing1two Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    I think this may be the issue. My guess is that these aren't the strings for you or at least not for that particular bass. I have found that different basses want different strings.