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low E flub.....

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by 4stringwannabe, Aug 5, 2012.


  1. 4stringwannabe

    4stringwannabe

    Jun 3, 2012
    I'm new to the 4 string bass..been playing guitar for 25+ years. I'm practicing the bass with my fingers and am wondering what the best way to eliminate that low E slop when on the lower frets of the low E string..this is not a set up issue as there is plenty of clearance beneath the string..any suggestions for a new player how to tame this? thanks....
     
  2. parmezans

    parmezans

    Nov 25, 2011
    Can you define slop? I don't get it.
     
  3. PuffusMaximus

    PuffusMaximus

    May 31, 2011
    Might it be the tendency of the E string to continue vibrating a little bit after letting go with the left hand?
     
  4. sammyp

    sammyp

    Aug 20, 2010
    NB, Canada
    it takes time ...you'll learn to play the low E a little more gently and grab your notes very close to the fret ....you get less slop on the low E if you pluck at the bridge pup ...but this isn't always the tone you want ...

    also, all basses are different - i can pound on my warwick pretty good and the low E doesn't clank and flubber ....my jazz, i have to be quite careful.

    be warned - bass can be very addictive when you start to see improvement - two years later i'm still trying to convince myself to give my guitars a fairer chunk of my practice time!
     
  5. 4stringwannabe

    4stringwannabe

    Jun 3, 2012
    not quite as tight as the other strings..i play a jazz bass...i think it's more of a technique thing than a EQ setting...
     
  6. Warmuth

    Warmuth

    Aug 6, 2012
    I'm new to the bass as well and I had the same problem. I solved it by getting another bass. I have an SR405 Ibanez that's nice and tight, balanced string to string etc..and the low E is great. Based on the experience with it I got an SR400 for my 4 string and it was horrid, even with new strings and set up from a very reputable tech. The low E was sloppy playing and weak sounding. I ditched the SR400 for a 1400 and couldn't be happier although I have played other SR400's that were great, some instruments just don't have "it".
     

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