My bass feels dead all of a sudden

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sigmafloyd, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. sigmafloyd


    May 1, 2011
    In the last week or so my P bass just seems to lack the luster it once had. I thought it was dead strings, so I got a fresh pack but it hasn't changed anything. It's hard to describe exactly, but it just feels less resonate and alive than it usually does. I checked the setup and it seems pretty spot on. Any ideas?
  2. Duckwater


    May 10, 2010
    USA, Washington
    Play a different bass for a few days, and come back to it.
  3. qervo


    May 18, 2011
    Has the neck moved? Once I stopped playing my bass for a while and when I came back to it, the neck had slightly bowed. Don't know if that really affected the sound but I do know it just didn't feel right until I adjusted it and reset everything .
  4. FourtyOneHz


    Dec 16, 2012
    Are you really sure it's a problem with your P, or do you just feel GAS coming on?
  5. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Are yo playing through the same amp? Could be an amp thing.
  6. redhed


    Oct 25, 2009
    Well it ain't a Stingray :)
  7. PipeRain

    PipeRain Operator Of Pointy Basses

    Dec 4, 2012
    Time for a new bass. evilgrin0010.
  8. Maybe tightening the truss rod about a 1/4 turn. Had dead sounding lifeless strings one time on one of my basses even though they were fairly new and someone suggested that. Worked for me! If it doesn't help turn it back the other way.
  9. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    seven year itch?:bag:
  10. Versatek6

    Versatek6 Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2008
    Twin Cities, MN
    Could be a factor of the weather, too. Changes could cause the wood to expand our contract, changing how it resonates. Maybe a bit of glue under the fretboard let go.

    It sounds odd, but try adding a few ounces of weight securely to the headstock to see what happens. The neck has less mass, so a change there would be more noticeable than one to the body.

    There was a post a while back about successfully alleviating dead spots in the neck by embedding tungsten slugs in holes drilled under the tuners.
  11. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Believe it or not, yes, this does sometimes work.
  12. rodda55


    Sep 13, 2012
    Same thing happened to me with my '62 reissue. I went overseas for a month and when I returned it never sounded the right. The bass is only 12 months old. I changed strings but still not happy
  13. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    My theory is the way humans hear different frequencies can change from day to day. I know my hearing does that occasionally.
  14. IronLung1986


    May 19, 2010
    Exeter, NH
    i don't know if this is what the OP is experiencing but i agree with it. sometimes i just have "bad bass days" where none of my instruments sound good to me. it used to be really nerve wracking because i'd fuss endlessly over EQ minutia and other crap and none of it would help. now if i notice it i just take a day off. things usually go back to normal by the time i play again.
  15. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    It's not new any more.
  16. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Is it getting exercise? what are you feeding it? but seriously I would look at getting a Fat Finger they work great I have two because one of my Jazzes has the same condition but I think she just needs some new pups.
  17. wow... I actually had to look up what a 'fat finger' was, lol... :bag:
  18. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    If the bass starts to smell after a few days, that's a sure sign of decay and that it is, in fact, dead. If it doesn't start to smell I wouldn't worry about it.
  19. Check the neck's tight against the body by making sure the bolts are as tight as possible.

  20. sigmafloyd


    May 1, 2011
    Lol, thanks for the various responses, humorous or not.

    Im inclined to think that the hearing frequencies differently from day to day might be right.

    I've been going back to rounds after about a year with flats and I think my ears might be just growing more accustomed to liking/wanting brighter strings again.

    As for the feel, I might give the truss rod crank a try.