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High pitched noise on my D-String

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Quartuccio, Aug 8, 2017.


  1. Quartuccio

    Quartuccio

    Aug 8, 2017
    Hello community,

    I have a problem with my new bass, just over 1 week old. I played on it everyday and now i noticed a high-pitched noise when i play the open D string. You can listen to it here, it is acoustic, without an amp:
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    It would be nice if someone could tell me what that is.

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. hondo4life

    hondo4life

    Feb 29, 2016
    SC
    Sounds like a natural harmonic. Is the string so low that it is touching a fret? Otherwise, I think your string might be messed up.
     
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  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    central NY state
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    That is harsh. Not sure what it is, bad string, maybe? If heard something like it before, but memory fades....
     
  4. Quartuccio

    Quartuccio

    Aug 8, 2017
    Hm no the string dosen't touch any fret. And from the store I was told that the strings were on the bass for maybe 3 months, but it wasn't played that often by customers, so it should be okay...
     
  5. gebass6

    gebass6 We're not all trying to play the same music.

    May 3, 2009
    N.E Illinois
    It sounds like a harmonic.
    Try plucking in different places along the string and see if it changes.
     
  6. Quartuccio

    Quartuccio

    Aug 8, 2017
    I plucked all along the string and its always there, the intensity varies a bit but not in any kind of pattern...
     
  7. Quartuccio

    Quartuccio

    Aug 8, 2017
    I got my hand on some strings through a friend and changed the D-String and the noise is gone, thanks for the answers though :)
     
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  8. bigsnack

    bigsnack

    Aug 24, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Nice! I had an issue similar to this with a recent instrument. A different set of strings made the sound better, but it didn't go away completely. What it turned out to be was that the slot on the bridge slot needed a touch up , as the string had the tiniest amount of wiggle room on the saddle slot and was creating a crazy buzzing harmonic.
     

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