Dead A String Help?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Engineer_Josh, Dec 24, 2018.

  1. Engineer_Josh


    Apr 26, 2016
    I have a late 80' Peavey foundation.

    I tune to standard EADG.

    The open A string sounds dead, there is lower output from the pickup, and a clanking noise.

    Fretted notes ring loud and clear on the A sting, every other string rings loud and clear for open and fretted notes.

    I'm thinking I need to check the nut, and the A string tuner.

    The clanking noise has me worried, it sounds like it could be the truss rod, but I'm surprised I only hear it on the open A.

    Any ideas of other things to check? Anyone have a similar experience?
  2. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
    If you press down on the short section of the A string between the nut and the tuner, does that help?

    How long have the strings been on the bass?
  3. Engineer_Josh


    Apr 26, 2016

    Light pressure above the nut solves it. Strings are Chromes, approx 1 year old.

    Seem like time to rewrap string on the post to get more downward pressure on the nut?
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  4. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Yes and re-set your witness points. A strings are notorious for the aforementioned problem as the break angle is relatively shallow.