A string tone - technique, technical or eq?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by led3, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. led3


    Nov 4, 2009
    Alexandria, VA
    Looking for possible issues for this. Noticed from a band recording last night that the tone of my A string gets significantly thinner when playing around the 9 to 12th frets. What are some potential issues (and solutions) that I could do for this? I was playing a Fender American Deluxe Jazz in active mode through a Ampeg SVT3-Pro and 4x10 cab. Could it simply be an EQ problem (had a drop in EQ around 300Hz to counter-act potential mud in the room) or something far more sinister?
  2. BobaFret


    Jan 22, 2008
    String height and pickup height would be a first start. There are suggested starting points for most instruments. I would do a full setup on it and see if that fixes it at all.
  3. led3


    Nov 4, 2009
    Alexandria, VA
    didn't think of that. it's been a little while since my last setup.
  4. Timmy-Watts

    Timmy-Watts I like bass. And airplanes. Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2010
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    That range of note is ~90-110 Hz. Does it do the same thing on those same notes on the E or D strings?

    +1 on a setup.

    Also (totally subjective here) is it a rosewood board? I have totally sworn off rosewood unless I play it and like that particular instrument. Every rosewood board I have ever had has had dead spots and places where the notes are thinner. And they were physical locations, because the same notes were fine on other strings. Also, I have had phase issues with every jazz bass I have ever owned in certain physical locations on the neck. In may be I have had lemons, or bad preamps, etc.

    Another things is change the strings. Maybe that string has an anomaly.

    Just IME. Good luck.
  5. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    The drop at 300 didn't help you.
  6. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    Moved to setup