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B string ***!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Wxp4759cb, Mar 26, 2001.


  1. Wxp4759cb

    Wxp4759cb

    Nov 23, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    Is it just me or do all B strings suck. Every single one I've tried is so loose I can't even stand it. They feel like an E string tuned down 5 steps! They buzz like you wouldn't believe. There is more buzz than note. They even buzz when you fret them, or if you play very soft. Is there a single tight 6 string on the market?
     
  2. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    It is you.
     
  3. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Almost all low to mid-range fivers and sixers <b>don't</b> have a very good low B.
    Now you know why most fivers and sixers are in the highend price range...
    And of course don't expect a practice bass combo to deliver a good sounding low B...

    Damn, I forgot the 'don't' in the first sentence...:D
     
  4. KeithPas

    KeithPas

    May 16, 2000
    Poulsbo,Wa
    Try Modulus Graphite basses or any other high quality bass with a 35" scale. Also,I used to own a Yamaha TRB6 and even though it was a 34" scale it had a tight B string. With alot of B strings you have to adjust how aggressively you attack the string.
     
  5. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB

    Jan 28, 2001
    New York
    The Ibanez SR405 I used to have had a good B-string.Not a bad Bass for the price.
     
  6. Wxp4759cb

    Wxp4759cb

    Nov 23, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    Actually I think it might just be that all the stores around here have really crappy setups! I think If I set it up myself it would fix the problem.
     
  7. phil_chew

    phil_chew

    Mar 22, 2000
    Asia
    Playing the low B string requires a lighter touch. It will almost never be as tight as an E string. Secondly, your bass needs to have a fairly stable neck. Thus most low and many mid-priced 5 string basses will have a less than satisfactory low B. Lastly, a 35" (and above) scale increases the tension of the low B and usually this translates to better feel and tone. As always, there are exceptions to all the above.
     
  8. Wxp4759cb

    Wxp4759cb

    Nov 23, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    I was playing as soft as is humanly possible. The actions were so low that the strings were like touching the fret boards. Whoever did the set up was on some serious acid at the time. These basses were around $2000 so thats not very cheap.
     
  9. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    I'm not a fan of 5's or 6's either.
     
  10. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Hmmm. I don't seem to have that problem on my Cirrus 5. It has a nice tight B string, without any noticeable buzzing--open or fretted.
     
  11. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    I have noticed that B-string feels much tighter if
    fretted, even if from first fret. Atleast on those few 5's I have tried.
     
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Setup can affect tightness to a certain extent, as can string type and gauge, but I would be interested to find out what $2000 bass you played with a floppy B string.

    Stingray 5's sell for around $1300, and have a pretty good B, Warwick Corvette 5's go from $1100 - $1400 depending on model, and have a pretty tight B, Zon Sonus 5 Standards go around $1600 - $1800 and have an awesome B, and Pedulla Raptures go around $1500 - $2000 and have an awesome B string. I have played all of these basses at GC and several of them at Mars, both reputed to have little or no setups done on new basses that come in the store, and all have had consistent, fairly tight to very tight B strings.

    Maybe you're playing the wrong basses? ;)
     
  13. ubersam

    ubersam

    Oct 12, 2000
    L.A.
    that's the same impression i get when i go the stores, even GC. not all the time though. there had been a lot of fairly decent set-ups, but still not up to MY specs. you can always try to ask them to set it up for you. if they think that by doing so increases their chance on a sale, they should comply.

    i have an ibanez sr885 & a yamaha rbx765a. both fairly inexpensive. for me, both have very nice low-b's. the yamaha has a tighter low-b than the ibanez, nice punch.
     
  14. Perhaps if you tell us the brands of basses you played this might make more sense.. ;)


    BTW my $1200 Music Man has an incredible B string. Tight as a 12 year... ahem... drum.
     
  15. Wxp4759cb

    Wxp4759cb

    Nov 23, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    The one that was two thousand was a Cirrus six. They wanted $1700 for it!!!!!! I think I can get one alot cheaper though if I go somewhere else (I've seen them quoted at $1300 in a different city). I've played some Ibanez 5, and 6 strings but they kinda suck in general. The TR serious by Ibanez rocks, but I already have a four string version, so I don't want an exact same Five. I've played carvin, but it was fretless so I didn't really know what I was doing. Yamaha, the B wasn't THAT bad, but I didn't like the playibility in general on it. Peavey Millenium, the B was pretty good, on that one but I don't think I'm going to buy it any way, its a great bass, just not quite what I want. Fender 5, I hate fenders in general though so, I might not have made a fair comparison. I played a Cirrus along time ago, and I recalled it having an awesome B, so I think the one I was playing in a different store recently, just had crap setup. They don't even keep the basses in tune around here!
    Any other basses I should try. (Anything around $2000 is fine)
     
  16. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    [/B] [/QUOTE] I hate fenders in general though so, [/B][/QUOTE]

    I'll never understand why you hate fenders, if anything you should like them and not ibanez. Fender p-bass was the first electric bass. I could
    see disliking them but respecting them, but "hating" them?

    Think of it this way, Ibanez isn't better than Fender.
    Without Fender there'd be no Ibanez.
     
  17. Wxp4759cb

    Wxp4759cb

    Nov 23, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    I don't like Ibanez either. I said I like one model by Ibanez. I don't like the SR. The TR is even out of production. The TR sounds like a modernized version of an old fender. The difference is its not so huge, and it is way way way more playable! If other people want to play fenders I have no problem with that. Fender Five strings do have a sucky B though, theres no denying it. Fenders are good sounding basses, but they are an extreme rip off. Over $1000 for a bass that is has no unique or new features, and has very low quality control?!?!?
    For that kinda money you can find something better. The MIM are decent deals though. Fenders are good if you want to sound like a fender. But if you just want to sound good, and don't care if you sound like other bass players from the 70s 80s, then its not the best choice. I do really like the Stu Hamm signature model, but it is WAY to expensive for what it is. I personally think his old Kubiki X factor sounded better. Anyways though its all just opinions.
     
  18. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    I hate fenders in general though so,


    I'll never understand why you hate fenders, if anything you should like them and not ibanez. Fender p-bass was the first electric bass. I could
    see disliking them but respecting them, but "hating" them?

    Think of it this way, Ibanez isn't better than Fender.
    Without Fender there'd be no Ibanez.

    _________________________________________________


    Whatever happened to personal preference? ;)

    (BTW, the quote system is working funky here)
     
  19. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I have six five-strings, and don't have that problem with any of them. I'm sure it's just you.
     
  20. With the exception of the RB5, most Fender 5's do not have good B strings. Ibanez SR series are no better. The shop you checked out is seriously lacking, do they have a bass specialist? I am the bass specialist in a shop, and I would be very slack if any of my basses had a bad setup. If anything, I set mine on the high side, 'cos a lot of kids come in and play the things, and slap the crap outa them, which really pisses me off, but what can ya do? I polish all my basses once a day, and replace the strings on any that are dead.In my experience, B strings that are tight (strings,not basses) are Ernie Ball, D'Addario Prisms, and D'Addario Slowounds (my fave).