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High C string SUSTAIN PROBLEM!!!

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by ai4281, Mar 28, 2006.


  1. ai4281

    ai4281

    Nov 25, 2005
    Vancouver
    hi fellow TB'ers, I have a problem with my BTB405QM and Im wondering if you guys can help.

    Lately I have strung this 5 string bass with EADGC - normal tuning with High C at the top - and it seems that other strings sustain as much as when it was tuned normally, but the thin C string (D'addario, 32 guage, long scale) seems to have only half time of sustain than other strings... what should I do to get more sustain???

    Help plz...
     
  2. ehque

    ehque

    Jan 8, 2006
    Singapore
    id say, either C is a dead-spot note of your neck, or the fact that you havent recut a nut to match the thinner strings is leading to it moving around in the nut, eating up your sustain.
     
  3. ai4281

    ai4281

    Nov 25, 2005
    Vancouver
    would getting a thicker c string work as well, cause i don't think I have a dead spot on my neck,,, when it was strung with dif. strings, it sustained just fine.
     
  4. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    Here's a couple of things to try -

    A. Raise your C string saddle
    B. See if your nut is filed too low.

    If these don't work, you may just have a dead string
     
  5. ai4281

    ai4281

    Nov 25, 2005
    Vancouver
    how do you know if the nut is filed too low?
     
  6. ehque

    ehque

    Jan 8, 2006
    Singapore
    imo, when the relief is fine, and there's still fret-buzz on open strings.
     

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