Weird Bass/String Problem. HELP PLEASE!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JoshSmith, Mar 19, 2014.


  1. JoshSmith

    JoshSmith

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    So the weirdest thing is happening to me, I play inside my room upstairs and my low C string (I play in drop C) is bright. Not super bright but bright enough to notice. Then I go in my garage to play and it sounds so dead like noticeably dead. And this all happens in a spam of a minute and the string tone changes. What is it??? I got a setup yesterday and he put the low C string on and took it off then put it on again like two times because my intonation was messed up a lot. Is it just the string? or bass? Once again it's only the Low C string. it doesnt happen with the others. :mad:
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    Probably killed the string taking it on and off.
  3. Apolicious

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    If it's changing between rooms you've found the variable already: location, location, location. The acoustic properties of the room, and (ESPECIALLY) the positioning/location of your amp have a huge impact on the tone. For example, placing your amp in a corner makes it sounds much deeper, which you could be interpreting as a "deader" tone.
  4. JoshSmith

    JoshSmith

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    It is unplugged, not into the amp. It's never happened before, it can happen that quickly that surprises me
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  6. JoshSmith

    JoshSmith

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    It can happen that quickly?**
  7. The Professor

    The Professor Supporting Member

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    What Apolicus said...

    Ever notice that some notes ring louder in certain rooms?

    You never mentioned what kind of bass... low-C as in a B-string, first fret? Or a 4-string, A-string, 3rd fret?
  8. DwaynieAD

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    Low C as in E string detuned to C played open.
  9. IPA

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    Are you playing standing up vs sitting down? Different position? Putting tension on the neck in one room vs the other?
  10. wild4oldcars

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    My house rings forever if you play a concert g. I would chalk it up to environment and the resonance of the room.
  11. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member

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    maybe the string is dead or has a dead spot and needs to be replaced?
  12. FunkMetalBass

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    No amp needed for this test: Put your ear onto the bass' body. Pluck the string. Now walk into the other room and repeat. Do you hear a difference? If not, then it's the room.
  13. JoshSmith

    JoshSmith

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    I do hear a slight difference

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