Need Help with Unwanted String Noise - Using Ken Smith Roundwounds

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by abngourmet, Apr 14, 2005.

  1. abngourmet

    abngourmet Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2004
    I need some help! I put a new set of Ken Smith Roundwounds on my '79 Musicman Stingray, .40-.95. They're great strings, except .... now I have a good amount of unwanted string noise on the open A string. It just rattles. I had Rotosound strings (RS 66LCs) on it before, same gauge, and didn't have this problem. I have the string down as far as it can go on the tuning peg post, so that isn't the problem. I suppose I could put a string tree on it, but I don't want to do that (my Stingray is totally stock, and I want to keep it that way). I've seen a video of Beaver Felton playing, and he had a device on his headstock that eliminated such noise. Anyone know what it is, and where I could get such a device? Or does anyone have other suggestions?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. Minger


    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Like it rattles at the nut too much? Either get a longer string for more downward tension at teh tuning post or go the route with the tree.

    I'm outta ideas...