New A strings has a slappy sound

Discussion in 'Strings [DB]' started by Dave Koch, Jul 17, 2021.

  1. Dave Koch

    Dave Koch

    Jul 17, 2021
    I just put new Helicore mediums on my 59 Kay. All of them sound great except the A, which sounds like one of those spring wall protectors when you pull it back and let it go. The string isn’t hitting anything and I play a high action, like 3/8”. I thought about moving the post around, moving the bridge, and just playing for a while and see if it breaks in. I was hoping someone else has a solution or knows what might be the cause. Thank you in advance.
  2. What's the color of the silk at the tuner end?
    Should be black.
  3. Greg Clinkingbeard

    Greg Clinkingbeard Commercial User

    Apr 4, 2005
    Kansas City area
    Black Dog Bass Works
    Put a straightedge on the fingerboard along the A string. I’ve had bumps near the nut that caused that which didn’t cause a buzz on old strings.

    Don’t go moving the post or bridge. Might be an open seam.
  4. Dave Koch

    Dave Koch

    Jul 17, 2021
    Yup, black it is.
  5. Dave Koch

    Dave Koch

    Jul 17, 2021
    Yeah, first thing that came to mind. It isn’t hitting anything. I have thick hands and all I do is bluegrass stuff, my strings are probly close to 3/8 off at the bottom end of the fret board.
  6. What string did it replace?
    If it was a string with a large diameter, maybe the new A is rattling inside the groove.
    What's the space between the string and fingerboard at the edge of the nut?
    Should be about 1 or 2 business cards max.