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Floppy E ?!

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by baixotuba, Sep 4, 2002.


  1. baixotuba

    baixotuba

    Nov 19, 2001
    Brazil
    I have a 5 string jazzbass home-made and I think that the E string is floopy. The tuners are 4 + 1 and have only one traditional string retainer at A and D strings. Will one sadowsky-like 5 string bar retainer do any improvement in the fell and sound of the E string?

    Thanks!
     
  2. BFunk

    BFunk Supporting Member

    Only if the floppiness is because the string isn't sitting in the nut correctly. Did you cut the nut with the slot angled down toward the headstock? Are you winding the string around the tuner post so that the windings are circling down?
     
  3. baixotuba

    baixotuba

    Nov 19, 2001
    Brazil
    I think that my nut is ok, because my luthier did the cut to me and the other strings are OK. But I will check the slot angle. I circle the string to down at the post and I try to create a big angle between the string at the headstok and the nut. I looked that the E string have the smaller angle if you compare with the other strings but it is inside the nut slot.

    Thanks.
     
  4. BFunk

    BFunk Supporting Member

    Did you notice the floppiness after the luthier cut the new nut? Also, did you change to a different guage or type of string?
     
  5. baixotuba

    baixotuba

    Nov 19, 2001
    Brazil
    I love the Daddario Slowounds 0.45 but I am using a daddario EXL 0.40. If I change the strings my E will be better..... but I don't know If my E will be like the other ones! I think that I will try a new string retainer.

    Thanks Low.
     
  6. baixotuba

    baixotuba

    Nov 19, 2001
    Brazil