A Most Bizarre E String Issue --- HELP!!!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by caramanico1, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. caramanico1


    Dec 21, 2007
    Annapolis, MD
    I swear I'm not making this up, guys. I'm playing a Jetglo Ric 4003 - brand new as of three months ago or so.

    The A/D/G strings all sound fine all the way up the neck.

    The E string is a bit hollow open. Then it gets progressively more hollow as you go up on frets 1-5. Frets 6-9 are really boomy, frets 10-13 are a weird combination of hollow but boomy, and frets 14 and up get progressively more hollow.

    I am NOT drunk, and I havent' smoked anything since college in the late '70s.

    Any thoughts?
  2. jayarroz


    Jul 10, 2007
    Endorsing Artist: Glockenklang
    change your strings.
  3. bass_fish


    Oct 26, 2006
    the Netherlands
    could be strings...

    but I had the same problem, took me weeks to figure it out: neck was to straight, in combination with the action being to low... every string sounded awesome and great, except the E string, changed the setup just a slight bit: E string is great again...
  4. This happened to me, although I think it was the A string. The remedy's probably the same though. I screwed the damper on the bridge (the thing with the foam underneath the strings) down as far as it would go. Even though it wasn't touching the strings before, this cured the problem.

    I don't know why it worked. Possibly it was absorbing energy when it was floating, while when it was screwed tightly to the bass it became part of it and couldn't suck energy from the strings. It's a pretty cheap thing to try, whatever!
  5. fullrangebass


    May 7, 2005
    I think I have to agree that a set up is due
  6. steve66


    Sep 17, 2005
    North Carolina
    First I would check the obvious as other TBers mentioned

    Bridge saddle
  7. Ken R

    Ken R Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2007
    Greater Knoxville TN
    I just logged in to post about the same problem.
    Early Peavey Foundation. 2 Super Ferrite pickups. Bought it a week ago. Dirty, ugly and nasty. Cleaned it, adjusted the neck, ( could have shot a deer with the amount of bow in it), put new strings on it.
    The open E string is hollow. Empty. Lifeless. No boom at all. Fretted F is just as bad. F# is much fuller sounding. Fretted G is great. Anywhere further on the neck sounds fine. All other strings are fine.
    Weird. I will look at the setup and see how it differes from the other strings.

    Any other suggestions?

    Ken R
  8. TheShreddingE


    May 4, 2008
    If strings don't work, it could be the bridge. Check to make sure everything is cool down there.
  9. caramanico1


    Dec 21, 2007
    Annapolis, MD
    Just a quick note to say thanks for all the amassed brainpower, fellas. Still working on it...