Noise from other strings on 5er

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by GBassLondon, Jul 11, 2013.

  1. GBassLondon


    May 29, 2013
    Hi all,

    Apologies if this has been asked before (couldn't find it though)- does anyone find they get more sympathy noise from other strings when playing a 5er? Not even talking about the B- I anchor on it

    Basically I have a lakland skyline 44-01 (4 string) with new steel strings and I get no unwanted string noise. On my vintage v950b (5er), I get loads, but it's got old nickels on it, which I would expect to be quieter? Do other people find this on 5ers or could it be a setup thing like pickup height?
  2. tylerwylie


    Jan 5, 2008
    Dunwoody, GA
    When I moved from 4's to 5's and 6's I had to totally redo my right hand technique, look up the floating thumb technique. It's been amazing for me.
  3. If you are anchoring on the pickup, B string or using the floating thumb technique, you can still get noise from your other higher strings (d, g for example)
    What you may need to work on is muting with also your left hand. I use both hands to mute all the non wanted strings. It may take time and you may need to go back to basics a little bit, but once you get is sussed it becomes just part of your standard technique and hey presto, no more unwanted noise. :p

    Good luck buddy
  4. GBassLondon


    May 29, 2013
    Thanks for the replies! I do a bit of floating thumb but I'm not very disciplined with it. I can noise when say I pluck a note on the e string then move up to d or g. Perhaps it's a case of not moving the thumb every time. What I find odd is that I don't get it on my 4 string with steels!
  5. SoVeryTired

    SoVeryTired Endorsing nothing, recommending much

    Jul 2, 2011
    Milton Keynes, UK
    I never noticed anything wrong with my technique until I got a 5er - 4-strings are definitely more forgiving when it comes to muting. Floating thumb helped me a lot, so that when I'm reaching to the D or G strings I have all the other strings muted.