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My bass sounds zingy (Help)

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Kellymack, Apr 11, 2014.

  1. Kellymack

    Kellymack Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2011
    I have a fender pj, 4 string. It has 500k vol, vol, tone pots. It's been my fav for the last year. Recently I changed strings, I tried some EB cobalt's.... I didn't like them so I put my bass boomers back on and now it sounds zingy. I thought maybe it's the nut? I looked at my fender Jazz which has the same neck and everything seems ok. Anybody explain why I'm getting this zingy sound?
  2. Jools4001

    Jools4001 Supporting Member

    Did you tweak the truss rod when you changed strings? And how long have the bass boomers been back on the bass?

    I don't use either of those string brands but if the Cobalts have lower tension it's possible that the truss rod was giving you less neck relief than you needed, and if you tried the boomers immediately after restringing, you might just have to wait a bit for the neck to settle back to it's boomer position. The action may be too low and 'zingy' until it does.
  3. Kellymack

    Kellymack Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2011
    Ahhhh, ok. Bass boomers were off for a day, also I tried some DR's too, but still got the zing...

    Are you saying I ought to reset the neck when changing to a different set of strings
  4. okcrum

    okcrum in your chest

    Oct 5, 2009
    Verde Valley, AZ
    RIP Dark Horse strings
    You should go over the entire setup when you change string type or brand.
  5. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    What is zingy?
    Fret buzz? Different EQ sounding? Strange harmonics?
    Why did you think it was the nut? Was it only the open notes that sounded different?
  6. Kellymack

    Kellymack Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2011
    Zingy like a metallic ringing sound. I experienced a similar sound once with the E string when there was not enough tension on the nut. Turns out I did not have the string low enough on the tuning peg.
  7. timobee4

    timobee4 Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2010
    Cairns, Australia
    Zingy? Your nut groove is too low and the zing comes from the first fret?? Get a new one cut or build it up with bone dust and superglue, then file it to the right hight.
  8. Jools4001

    Jools4001 Supporting Member

    When you changed strings did you:

    1) make sure that you didn't put a twist in the string?

    2) Once the string was up to pitch, press down hard on the string either side of the nut and the bridge saddle to create a good witness point on the string?
  9. Jools4001

    Jools4001 Supporting Member

    Not necessarily, could be that there is not enough relief. I'd try a tweak of the truss rod before concluding the nut is cut too low. Also, with no disrespect to the OP, the level of questioning indicates that they don't have sufficient experience to start filling and filing.

    If it doesn't respond to simple set up, time for a visit to a good tech I would say.
  10. Kellymack

    Kellymack Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2011
    Dang, this is a terrible thing! Thank you for helping
  11. Kellymack

    Kellymack Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2011
    I bought some Roto-sounds, and the zing is minimized to nearly nothing... Maybe the other strings just didn't fit right. Thank you guys for helping.
  12. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    Trade it with ceasarspalace.
  13. Kellymack

    Kellymack Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2011
    I just did a set up with the neck, strings and pickups and now it's sounding 99% like it did before the INCIDENT...