my E string does not tune up, no parts are broken or loose but its permanently in drop A

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by bruhhhh, Apr 25, 2020.


  1. bruhhhh

    bruhhhh

    Apr 5, 2020
    jordan
    its tuned now seven semitones down and when i tune it up the machine head (the gear at the tuner) it tunes up but only a few cents then it goes back to lower than drop A. what might be the issue and how do i fix it?
     
  2. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    Replacement string?
     
  3. bruhhhh

    bruhhhh

    Apr 5, 2020
    jordan
    i cant get any, as wew dont have online shipping in my country. i found a store that delivers but they arent open yet
     
  4. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    Didn't you break another string just days ago ?
     
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  5. bruhhhh

    bruhhhh

    Apr 5, 2020
    jordan
    the string isn't broken,it just doesn't tune up. and the string that i did break was broken slightly over the nut
     
  6. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    How many turns does the string do around the tuner?
     
  7. bruhhhh

    bruhhhh

    Apr 5, 2020
    jordan
    the string loops around the tuning post once
     
  8. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    I think that's your problem, then. The string is slipping.

    When you tune up, does the pitch go up and then begins to go down again?

    If yes, the problem is the string is slipping. In my opinion, of course.

    I'm not sure, of course. At some point it should come off of the tuning peg, if that's was the case.
     
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  9. bruhhhh

    bruhhhh

    Apr 5, 2020
    jordan
    thanks,when i tune up it gets slightly higher but the gear and the tuning post physically go back
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  10. J_Bass

    J_Bass Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2008
    Porto, Portugal
    That might be a problem of. The tuning gear then.

    Let's see what others think.
     
  11. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    2 full turns at least on Fender style basses. Also make sure you insert the end of the string into the center hole.
    There is a part missing on the top of this tuner.
     
  12. gebass6

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

    You have more problems than a slipping string.
    Post more pics of the complete headstock.

    Edit:If the back plate in the above pic is from your bass,you are missing some mooring screws.
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2020
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  13. Paulabass

    Paulabass

    Sep 18, 2017
    Cheap 'Fender' style 4 on a side tuners are often not built to close enough tolerances, and can suddenly skip a few cogs as the string gets tighter. I quick fix for them is to take it apart, and reassemble without the leaf spring under the gear. This pulls the gear down enough to mesh with the worm gear a little better. It's a temporary measure til you can replace them.
     
  14. RyanOh

    RyanOh Gold Supporting Member

    You need tuner ferrules, there should be no space around the peg. May not solve the entire problem, but definitely a problem.
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  15. RSBBass

    RSBBass

    Jun 11, 2011
    NYC
    RyanOh has it. The ferule is missing. The post is bending under the tension from the string allowing th cogs to slip.
     
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  16. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
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  17. Paulabass

    Paulabass

    Sep 18, 2017
    Nice picture. I'm a little confused as to it's relavence, but still a nice photo.
     
  18. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Just showing one persons solution to keep strings from slipping while combating neck lift at the same time.
    I am pretty sure the Op is playing a joke on us based oh his pics.
     
  19. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician
    What a mess! Not sure why you brought us this pic, but if it's about the stringing - yup it's bad.
     
  20. Chris Y

    Chris Y

    Feb 2, 2019
    Darwin NT
    Yep, that pic just trigger my OCD big time :eek:
     
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