Dead Low B fix?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RichSnyder, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Always groove.... Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    Maybe this should be in "Strings", but it is applicable to the dead B syndrome on some basses. On my Fender P5 I've never been happy with the low B string. The notes below E seemed to be dead thuds and notes above that are okay, but nothing great. Last night I was messing around with it and I noticed that B string wasn't really straight across the saddle, it seemed to hump upwards. So I pressed on the B string at the bridge to make sure it has the propper witness point and it had a very noticeable improvement to the B string. I think it's less of an issue with other strings because they have more tension and will fall into place better. So if you're trying out a bass at a store and it seems to have a dead B string, just give it firm press at the saddle, tune it and see if that helps.
  2. Lemon Of Troy

    Lemon Of Troy Banned

    Nov 6, 2012
    Palmetto State
    That's why I love tapered strings :)
  3. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    I use Fender 90505-M flatwounds on my Precision 5. The B string has a tapered end which causes it to sit nicely in the bridge. Sounds great.

  4. I use the Carvin roundwounds made by LaBella here. The B in this set is also tapered, and is balanced pretty well to the tone and volume of the other 4 strings.

  5. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I put Sadowsky flats on my P5. They have a tapered B and sound great.
    You should always set your "witness points" on all the strings at the saddle and the nut.
    One more thing I found on my P5 was the nut slot on the B and E strings needed more taper towards the tuning post for a better break angle.

    Check out Rodger Sadowsky's video "Behind the notes" on youtube.
    He gives some great advice about setting up a bass.
    That man knows how to make a 34" 5 string play and sound good.
  6. Frudua (Italian bass maker) has a video on enhancing the B string sound.

    OP, glad to hear it was a simple fix. Some basses have poor B strings no matter what you do.