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Has a string change shown up a dead spot?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by matthewfoote, Jun 8, 2004.

  1. Has a string change shown up a dead spot?

    Has any one ever come across this before? I ask because I changed the G string on a bass and where as I did not notice a dead spot before the change, when I tried the new string a couple of the notes - 5th fret to 7th fret seemed a little dead compared to the rest of the string.

    Am I imaginging this or is this a common thing?

    Any comments welcome

  2. wulf


    Apr 11, 2002
    Oxford, UK
    Strings can make a big difference. Was it the same brand and gauge of strings as you had on the bass before. If not, how different was it?

  3. Like the previous post, I have had it happen when I changed string gauge although the 5th fret (and 1 or 2 in either direction) on the G string are bolt-on dead spot hell.
  4. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    I had a pre-CBS Precis that had the dead spot they are famous for when I changed from the lighter gauge, Fender, flatwounds that came with it to roundwound Rotosound Swing 66's.

    Still, the Rotos sounded so good, I learned to live with it.
  5. speck


    Jul 15, 2002
    Sacramento CA, USA
    I put a set of TI Jazz Rounds on an MIA jazz and it fixed a bunch of dead spots (from 2nd fret to about 12th) on the E string. I had always used Roto 45-105 nickels and the TI's are a much lighter gauge, so that may have something to do with it.

  6. Thanks for the replies. It seems I am right in my assumption so I will now try a whole bunch of different G strings [that sounds a bit rude!:oops:] and see if that makes a difference.

    I am not sure what strings I have on as they came with the bass!