Odd sound when I slap.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by bodom85, Sep 22, 2013.


  1. bodom85

    bodom85

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    when I try to slap I get more than just the "normal" sound. I get a metallic twang. It sounds like the string is hitting metal or something. After watching A ton of videos, I feel that I'm slapping right. I think it may be in the setup.

    I'm new when it comes to playing bass and bass setup. I recently got a warwick corvette std 5 string bass. It wasn't played in over a year and the strings were terrible. I went to my local GC and asked what strings were best for playing a variety of music and he suggest ernie ball reg. slinky. I watched watched the warwick videos on how to do setups and feel it went well. Strings were matching the fret board radius, I can fit a business card nicely through the first fret on the b and g strings. I did go with a 3mm and 2.5mm height rather than the suggested 2.5/2. I don't hear fret buzzing or anything when I play normal (unless I hit the fret wrong).
  2. Lownote38

    Lownote38

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    Those Ernie Ball strings are pretty metallic sounding when they're brand new. They may need to break in a bit. I don't use the regular slinky, but rather the Hybrid Slinky (orange pack), and those aren't too bright out of the pack. Also, check where you're hitting the string with your right hand (thumps and pulls). If you're on the fretboard, you might be creating extra noise.
  3. bodom85

    bodom85

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    Cool, thanks. I didn't know strings would cause it. The old strings slapped pretty well so they would explain it. I'll remember the hybrids for my next round of strings.
  4. Precision101

    Precision101

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    If your into that slap sound and a nice metallic attack against the frets then try d addario nickels or roto sounds. And also check your action when you restring. fret buzz is caused by that if it's too low.
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