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E string lost its mojo - what to try first?

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Chris Fitzgerald, Sep 30, 2008.


  1. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Like the title says. It's the LaScala hybrid, Dominants on the G, D, A, and a spiro stark on the E. They've all been on there for a couple of years. Recently, I played a couple of gigs where I had to detune the E to D and then bring it back up. When I brought it back up the last time, the growl and power on the low F, F# and G seemed to be lacking. Last night I played a concert at the U., and the E seemed to be lagging behind the others in terms of power and growl.

    What should I try first?

    1) New string
    2) Figure out if the string got turned funny in retuning
    3) The bridge seems a little skewed toward the treble end of the board. Maybe the bass bar is choking the string?

    Any ideas? I've not yet seen a stark go dead, at least not with me and my alligator skin playing it. And the bass itself has always been killer. The ply LaScala still growls and punches me in the gut for days with the same string setup. It's never sounded better on the E than the hybrid before. Hmm....
     
  2. Uncletoad

    Uncletoad

    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    Dude.


    Buy a new ****ing string.

    Nothing will match the Stark E. A new one will kill you.
     
  3. bribass

    bribass

    Jan 25, 2006
    Northern NJ
    Endorsing Artist; Arnold Schnitzer/ Wil DeSola New Standard RN DB
    I second the motion. Two years!?
    Whatya want? Even everlasting Spiros have limits.

    You prolly are playing the Hybrid more than the Ply.

    FWIW- Outside of this year's foray into SF's and EP's, I've been playing on Spiros for something like 28 years. I like them on the fresh sside. I think they start losing their good juice after 9-10 months or so if you're playing alot. For me they're peaking 4-6 weeks or so after they are new. The detuning/tuning thing just hastened the demise of an already old string.

    Treat yourself and keep the wheels of commerce flowing.

    Bri
     
  4. mpm

    mpm

    May 10, 2001
    Los Angeles
    Just for my own personal edification, what are you using for a tailpiece and tailpiece cord?
     
  5. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    My stark E died after 2 years as well.
     
  6. Uncletoad

    Uncletoad

    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    I've never got that far with one.
     
  7. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Whatever came standard on the LaScala, I guess. Aircraft cable for the wire, and ________? for the tailpice. It's black wood and not one of the lighter synthetic ones like they use now, if that helps.
     
  8. Durrl.... Try leveling out yer bridge before you blow any $.
     
  9. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    But but but... it's a spiro. Isn't it supposed to last forever?!?! :confused:
     
  10. I'd be shamed to tell you how old my Spiro Orchestras are, including the low B.
     
  11. Uncletoad

    Uncletoad

    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    Every bass is different. Dead spiros sound like crap on my Cleveland, the same exact dead strings on my ancient carved bass sound great.
     
  12. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Well, it turned out to be...


    (drum roll by JUNIORTOAD)

    None of the above. The bass felt funny, so I measured the string height. It was a little low, probably due to changes in the weather/season. I cranked it back up to the normal height (7-10mm), and now the string is back to growling like a protective Rottweiler. So, the whole thread is much ado about nothing. Good times!
     

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  13. Uncletoad

    Uncletoad

    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    Doooh!
     
  14. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    Not for me. I raise the heights, it's live for about 2 days, then goes dead. Maybe I'll have to try it again.
     
  15. Great, but that picture looks suspicious to me....where have you been browsing?:meh:
     
  16. diddy, I have the same problem with my ****.:bawl:
     
  17. Uncletoad

    Uncletoad

    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    My undershorts drawer.
     
  18. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    Maybe if you boil it it might come back. :eek::bag:
     
  19. Marcus Johnson

    Marcus Johnson

    Nov 28, 2001
    Maui
    Mine's a little dead lately, I just need to slap it harder until I can afford a new one.
     
  20. You got a drawer just for your undershorts?
    I don't think you got that much bread honey.......:eek:
     

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