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What strings intonate "longer"?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by thiocyclist, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. thiocyclist

    thiocyclist Supporting Member

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    The saddles on my bridge are as far forward as they'll go but the strings are all still a bit flat. They are light gauge Circle Ks. What can I replace them with that's going intonate better with a longer string length? Bigger gauges? Different material? Please help!
  2. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

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    How far off are they? Make sure you press down on the string right where it breaks over the saddle. There's a good chance that will fix your problem.
  3. thiocyclist

    thiocyclist Supporting Member

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    They're all like an eighth flat.
  4. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    MOVE THE BRIDGE
  5. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

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    He should try pressing at the saddles first before he breaks out the drill.
  6. knuckle_head

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    Bigger gauges or a non-tapered string so that a full thickness goes over your saddle
  7. maurilio

    maurilio Musician/tech at Mo's Shop and Nordstrand Supporting Member

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    that would move the string intonation (saddles) even further from the bridge (more toward the neck) which the op is trying to avoid. :smug:

    As per above, thicker gauges and non tapered strings would help, if not relocate the bridge.

    M
  8. thiocyclist

    thiocyclist Supporting Member

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    I had a 5-string D'Addario set around and gave it a go--intonation is a lot better right now, especially on the strings that were tapered on the Circle K set. Close to perfect. Moving the bridge is not really a viable option.

    I miss the sound of the Circle K low B so maybe I should try bigger Circle Ks.
  9. mmbongo

    mmbongo Supporting Member

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    Maybe try a non-tapered B string. Plenty of B string singles to choose from here:
    http://www.bassstringsonline.com/Single-Strings_c_53.html
  10. J.D.B.

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    Yeah, an eighth-step is a long way make up on a string bend at the saddle...... I once welded up some saddle inserts for a stop-piece set-up to go sharper. I shoulda patented them.....

    Josh
  11. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    Non-Tapered is going to be the way to go...
  12. thiocyclist

    thiocyclist Supporting Member

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    Yeah the non-tapered .135'' D'Addario intonates perfectly. Thanks guys. I guess I'll stick with these for a while, I wish the Circle Ks could have worked but plugged in the D'Addarios sound nearly as good. This bass just "sings" with Circle Ks though.
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    AWWW GAWD ....... :D:D:D:D
  15. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    What kind of bass?
  16. thiocyclist

    thiocyclist Supporting Member

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    I wonder if I could stick some kind of grommet or washer behind the ball end to get the taper to be a lot closer to the saddle or behind it... Anyone done such a thing before?

    It's a custom-made Frankenbass.
  17. SLaPiNFuNK

    SLaPiNFuNK Gold Supporting Member

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    You could do that, but it wont effect the intonation length as the saddle is still at the same height with the taper on there...
  18. thiocyclist

    thiocyclist Supporting Member

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    I didn't know the saddle height was the reason the intonation was off.
  19. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

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    Yes whenever you change saddle height you have to check intonation.
  20. thiocyclist

    thiocyclist Supporting Member

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    Aware of that but I thought the taper affected intonation in more ways than merely saddle height.

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