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Dunlop Super Bright G string issues

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by HarveySpaceBass, Aug 11, 2017.

  1. HarveySpaceBass


    Sep 24, 2007
    Hey folks,

    Wondering if anyone else has as much problems with the G string on the Dunlop Super Bright sets that I have. I bend/cut/wrap these strings just like any other strings I have ever used. I try to cut them so that the wrap around the peg starts with the winding and not the core wire. But, I find that because of the length of the winding, it is very difficult to get the G string to actually tune up and not slip. I feel there is too much of the core wire exposed and it seems like it is a crap shoot every time I get a new set as to whether or not the string will stay wound...some stay wound and some do not. And, I have found that the Marcus Miller set is even more problematic as there is even less winding on those than there is on either the Nickel or the SS. I have several Fenders (P and J) and they all have this problem. The only bass I am able to string up with no issues is my Musicman Sterling and that is only because the G string on those are much shorter due to the peg being on the underside of the headstock.

    Do you not cut the G string? Do you cut it but leave enough of the core wire so that it has a couple wraps on the peg before the winding?

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  2. songwriter21

    songwriter21 I have an obsession for wood. The musical kind. Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2005
    Sponsored by Hipshot
    I cut the G, and kind of have it to a science now, where I fit as many wraps on as I can, before getting overlaps. This gives me pretty decent tuning stability. Btw, I hate mini tuners (I prefer full-size vintage posts).
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  3. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    I've never had a problem with the G string in the 3 years that I've been using them, but then again I don't have any Fender basses so it could be something with those style tuners. You think they need to be wound longer? And, when did you buy your strings? I ask because I've talked to the Dunlop guys in the past and I can pass this info along to them :)
  4. rmars


    Jan 2, 2004
    Bettendorf, Ia
    On my Fender and Fender style basses on the G I make a 90 degree bend in the string roughly 3/4 to one inch into the outer wraps to keep the core from slipping and cut the core off a few millimeters past the end of the outer wraps. I usually get 2.5 to 3 full winding on the G. I'm heavy handed and no slipping or tuning instability to speak of with the Super Brights.
  5. GK Growl

    GK Growl Inactive

    Dec 31, 2011
    No problem here at the tuning peg end for Fender style basses with the Super Brights. Had issues with the G strings when they first came out as far as intonation goes.
  6. Midak


    Sep 4, 2011
    Athens, Greece
    No problem here either installing the G on a Fender.
  7. HarveySpaceBass


    Sep 24, 2007
    Thanks for the responses. Funny, both my Fenders are artist series (Geddy Jazz and Dee Dee P) with vintage style tuners that are bigger than standard Fender tuners...or even my Musicman Sterling. I have no experience with those smaller Fender tuners so it never occurred to me that most folks with standard Fenders would not have this issue. This basically explains things. It just seems strange to me to have to have one or two wraps of the core wire around the peg. But, this is the only way to avoid the slipping I am experiencing. Small price to pay for these awesome strings.
  8. Midak


    Sep 4, 2011
    Athens, Greece
    My Fenders have both vintage-style tuners, I use the Dunlops on my CS '64 Jazz. My other bass is a CIJ Geddy, but the tuners have the same diameter.

    One or two warps are enough, I think. ;)
  9. I'm having issues with my G string as well. I have vintage style tuners and they wont stay. I tried it with the core first. slipped. Thought that maybe the problem and cut it ti where the winding starts. I could get 2 and half maybe three wraps but it just slips. Disappointed.

    Maybe a bad batch?
  10. Grooveline


    Jan 24, 2012
    IMO the wrapping on the G string does seem a little short on these strings compared to the other strings. I cut it with the core exposed less than half an inch to fit in the tuner peg and so there will be wrapping to catch on the peg when it is bent and tightened around. It's extremely hard to get more than 2.5 wraps around the G string tuner on Fender style basses (2 Ps, 1 J, 1 Jaguar) IME and I have definitely experienced slippage on a couple occasions.

    If somebody could truly get the word out to Dunlop that would be great. I think just .5-1 inch more wrapping on the G string would fix the issue. The cost could easily be offset be having a little less wrapping on the other stings. I find there is always more than needed on these.
  11. Toptube


    Feb 9, 2009
    I have one fender bass and it has the vintage fat tuning pegs.

    I think the only string I cut at all, is the E. Every other string just gets installed and wrapped.

    My A usually ends up with about six wraps. About 4 on the G. Core and all. No slippage issues.
  12. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    Yes problems with the G string. At least 5 times now.
  13. Thum5b


    Dec 24, 2019
    First set of Dunlop strings and same problem with the G, never had a problem with D'Addario strings on this bass.
  14. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    What strings? What bass?
  15. Thum5b


    Dec 24, 2019
    Superbright nickels on a Thumb 5, had to put old strings on for tonight's gig, later I'm going to try doubling the end like on plain strings and hope that doesn't slip.
  16. mmbongo

    mmbongo Regular Human Bartender Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    I believe that's the first issue with non-Fender tuners! Maybe an isolated case, bad or twisted string perhaps.
  17. miles'tone


    Feb 26, 2008
    Wales, U.K
    Weird. I put them on my Fender with reverse vintage tuners. Never had a problem.
    I too only trim the E a bit. I just size up the new strings into the tuner til it hits the bottom, hold my finger and thumb where I was the bend then bend it a touch past 90 degrees with a pair of pliers. Back into the tuner, wind it round by hand for a bit from top to bottom with no overlaps until it's worth using the tuning peg. Done.
    I don't think I've ever cut a G string in my life.
    I've only used Superbright stainless steels so can't comment on the nickels.
  18. Aidil


    Dec 4, 2014
    Jkt, IDN
    No problem here with Super Bright G. I've used several of them: SB MM .045 which now replaced with SB SS .040, and SB NPS .045 on 2 other basses.

    I always cut the length to have about 3.5 ~ 4 winding on Gotoh tuners' post, on all basses. Never had any slip.
  19. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Do a lockwrap. First wrap over the string, the rest under.
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