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"bloom" on D string of fretted bass

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by DigMe, Sep 4, 2002.

  1. DigMe


    Aug 10, 2002
    Waco, TX
    Just curious here...what causes the "blooming" sound that is normally associated with fretless bass? I'm thinking that it has something to do with the string vibrating against the fingerboard directly in front of where you press it down but I may be wrong.

    The reason I'm asking is that on my fretted Fodera NYC Empire 4 my D string tends to have a sort of "bloom" to it that gets more prevalent as you play up higher on the neck. It is most noticable at the 21st (and highest) fret. What causes that? Anyone? I love that sound and wish that all my strings did it. I guess it wouldn't sound too good or versatile if I played every song on the D string.

    brad cook