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A couple of questions about resonant frequencies and dead notes

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Dan_reeves, May 2, 2018.


  1. Dan_reeves

    Dan_reeves

    Jun 14, 2013
    I just recently made two purchases that have me a little perplexed...

    I bought:
    • A used Fender Rumble 75, and
    • A used Squier Affinity Jazz bass
    The Rumble is the most powerful amp I have ever owned. My gigs are all in churches that have professional audio systems and monitoring. I honestly have only ever owned small practiced amps. I have always wanted something better, I just never really had a need per se. It sounds great and I am really glad I bought it.

    The Jazz bass was an impulse buy - got it for $90. It still had the plastic on the pickguard. Looks brand new. Plays great and sounds good too. I did not have a jazz in the arsenal, so this was a nice and inexpensive pick up.

    I practice in my basement. I am pretty sure the room resonates at G - F# to G# tends to be a lot louder than other notes, and this is true for all of my basses, which includes three different Ibanezes. What’s weird is that E notes are noticeably quieter, regardless of which E I play. If I just play the bass acoustically, everything sounds even, albeit unamplified. But when I plug in, an E note anywhere sounds quieter. Sustain seems fine.

    Does this just sound like a room acoustics quirk? Or do you think its a cheap bass quirk? On my Ibanezes the G is loud but the E is unaffected. If its the bass, would a neck swap help? Should I move my amp somewhere else? If it matters, I use Pro Steels in regular light gauge - I read in another thread that sometimes heavier strings can help? What should I do? Thanks!!!
     
  2. RSBBass

    RSBBass

    Jun 11, 2011
    NYC
    Three different basses and a reputable amp? Its the room.
     
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  3. nbsipics

    nbsipics It's the Bass that makes them Dance Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2016
    Get some bass traps and find out?
     
  4. Dan_reeves

    Dan_reeves

    Jun 14, 2013
    Had no idea what these were amd had to look them up. I have some foam lying around from my wife’s crafts and may try it.
     
  5. Dan_reeves

    Dan_reeves

    Jun 14, 2013
    I would have thought that too, with the exception of the weird E note issue. It was only on the Jazz.
     

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