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New strings: Twangy/Metallic open notes... ?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Xren, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. Xren


    Jun 1, 2008
    I got myself some new D'Addario ProSteels EPS 160, and while the 'closed' notes (so, while holding a fret) sound alright (the sound of brand new strings is not what I'm looking for), the open notes sound twangy and/or metallic like. So basically, the open A string sounds very different to the E5 note.

    Will this wear off or do I need to do some adjustments? I've searched the web but couldn't find anything useful.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    IMO, you are most likely hearing the very wide, even, pure response of those new strings 'uncovering' some issues with your instrument that are typically hidden as a string gets older and the deep lows and upper treble start to disappear from your tone.

    Just give them 4-8 hours of playing time, and assuming you didn't hear this issue with your bass and the strings you had on your instrument previously, I'm pretty sure you will be fine.
  3. TRob1293


    Feb 1, 2008
    Louisville, KY
    ...unless these are a different brand, type, or gauge of strings - then a setup is typically needed.
  4. Xren


    Jun 1, 2008
    Yeah, They're another brand.

    So what would cause this? Adjusted string height and I think that helped a bit, but not much. Couldn't adjust it that much though due to fret buzz.

    Should I try adjusting the neck a bit?
  5. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    See post 2 :smug: Set-Up or neck adjustment would not impact what you are hearing.
  6. TRob1293


    Feb 1, 2008
    Louisville, KY
    It certainly did when I took it in and had a pro setup done.
    I can setup a bass, but so many things go into it...

    Anyway - get a setup - doesn't cost much.

    Anytime you change strings by brand, gauge, or type (flats, rounds, etc...) you should get a setup. All the different strings out there have differening tensions and vibration radius - and it all effects playability and sound.
  7. Craigmartini


    Feb 15, 2009
    Las Vegas
    Endorsing Artist: EMG pickups, Harke, GRABBIT stands.
    I see you went with steel strings. Those are the brightest tone you can get. They will settle down soon if you play alot. If you don't like that sound I would suggest sticking with nickel strings, or nickel flatwounds.

    I'm not saying that new nickle strings aren't bright cause they are, but they don't stay bright for nearly as long as steel.

    I, on the other hand love steel strings. They are nice and fresh sounding for a longer time for me.

  8. you DONT want the sound of brand new strings? then dont play steels.. buy a set of flats if you want strings that already dead.

    however, give them a month, and they will sound nice and dull. mine sure did. thats the last time i buy anything other than elixir.
  9. Iceman327


    Jul 24, 2012
    Just stick a little strip of foam right next to the bridge. Eliminates twangy noise and rounds out tone for that vintage sound.
  10. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    He's probably figured it out over the last 4 years since he posted that :)

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