Problem with E string tone on P-bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nuge113, Nov 24, 2012.


  1. Nuge113

    Nuge113

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    So this is my first time on talk bass and i wanted to ask about a problem I have been having with my American Deluxe P-bass.
    I usually play with the bridge pick up because when set it to the p-pickups the E string sounds very thumpy and choked compared to the other strings. It has a very loud attack followed by a dull release. Its also a bit quitter and it isn't noticeable when you play open. Any one know how to fix it. Its really annoying.
  2. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

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    What strings are you using?
    Where is your tone knob set?
    What is the pick up height under the E string?
  3. Nuge113

    Nuge113

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    To be honest I forget what kind of strings they were. But it was a problem with my last set of string too. Its an american deluxe so it has a three channel eq instead of a toneknob and it doesn't matter how its set. I tried adjusting the pickup too, didn't fix it.
  4. NYCbassist

    NYCbassist Supporting Member

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    Sounds more like an Eq setting. But... Sometimes a very slight tweak of the truss rod can have a big effect on the tone. More So for the dead notes on the G-String Syndrome but I'd give the truss rod about 1/8 turn just for kicks & Giggles.
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  6. kander

    kander

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    I have a similar "problem" if I play with my fingers directly over the pickup (I have a pretty aggressive/strong attack): the sound is slightly overdriven even with my pickups lowered (I installed a Lollar pup in it). I've accommodated to the nuances of my otherwise amazing P by playing the E string in the "sweet spot": just behind the pup, about a thumbs length.
  7. awilkie84

    awilkie84 Supporting Member

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    I had this problem before & it was a technique issue. I wasn't plucking the E properly. Practicing my floating thumb technique made worlds of improvement.
  8. Nuge113

    Nuge113

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    Well hey i fixed it thanks for all the responses. Turns out the problem was the position of the string on the saddle of the bridge. On there is kinda like a threading for the saddle with three positions i had it on the middle position and i moved to the one farther away from me. Fixed it perfectly

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