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Open E string says "wowwwwww"

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by cdaniel, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. cdaniel


    Nov 29, 2003
    The best description I have for the the E string on my Jazz V.

    Pluck the open E and as it sustains the tone changes.

    Like "Buummmmmmwwwwwoowwwwwww" I like the initial "bum", but not the "wow"

    I'm thinking pickup adjustment, but closer? Or farther from the string?

  2. Is it buzzing? Sounds like it could be hitting the frets.
  3. Im thinking your string's is either twisting, or your pick ups are too close and your getting warbling.
  4. cdaniel


    Nov 29, 2003
    No fret buzz. Setup is just as I like it.
  5. cdaniel


    Nov 29, 2003
    Twisting? How does that happen and what would be the remedy?
  6. Loose nut slot. Betcha.
  7. 62bass


    Apr 3, 2005
    That sounds cool. When you find out what's causing it let us know so we can get that sound too. :)

    Sounds like it might be the string hitting a fret. Try raising the string to see what happens.
  8. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I did a search and found two possible causes:

    1) Twisted string - already suggested.

    2) Pickup(s) too high - may cause the aforementioned warbling and intonation problems.

  9. Make sure you have a good "witness point" where the string breaks over the bridge saddle. Push down on the string to make a nice clean angle, not a hump.
  10. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    The twisted string thing happens when you make the first wrap around the post by hand instead of using the tuning key from the very start. A twisted string can have an almost chorused sound to it and they tend to go dead much faster.
  11. Turnaround

    Turnaround Commercial User

    May 6, 2004
    Toronto Canada
    Independent Instrument Technician, and Contractor to Club Bass and Guitar - Toronto
    Same thing at the nut. Press down on the fingerboard side and the headstock side of the nut simultaneously. And make sure that the E string has about 3 windings going down the post.
  12. the nut slot is too loose. same problem with the a string on my jazz.

    easy fix is to wind the string lower on the tuning post to achieve a sharper break angle over the nut
  13. cdaniel


    Nov 29, 2003
    Okay I had a look at the nut. Seems like everything is in order there. The string is snug and has 3 winds and is low on the post. It was wound using a string winder tool.

    I think I'll experiment with the pickup height.

    Thanks for the input

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