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pbass, pickups, high harmonic

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by SirPoonga, Mar 23, 2005.


  1. SirPoonga

    SirPoonga

    Jan 18, 2005
    On my G string at about the 6th or 7th fret when I play the octave up harmonic plays MUCH louder than the actual note. I read that lowering the pickup might help. I have it lowered as far as it goes and it still rings loud.
    Even with the tone knob adjusted that harmonic is loud.

    I have a squire pbass affinity. Just the standard p pup. I also have Fender 9050L strings.

    Is ther anything I can do to the bass or do I need an EQ or something else to tone down the highs?
     
  2. JonTheBassGuy

    JonTheBassGuy

    Dec 12, 2004
    I thought it was the other way around. When a string isnt loud enough, raise the pickup till you reach the desired volume. I'm probably wrong though. I never know what I'm talking about.

    -Jon
     
  3. SirPoonga

    SirPoonga

    Jan 18, 2005
    It could be. I read to get rid of the high harmonic you lower it. But I can try both ways easily enough :)
     
  4. MichaelScott

    MichaelScott

    Jul 27, 2004
    Moorpark CA
    You want to lower your pup to decress volume. Sometimes a high fequency will just sound extra loud. Could be your amp, your strings, your pups, or the bass body.
     
  5. SirPoonga

    SirPoonga

    Jan 18, 2005
    So how do I figure out why it is happening. It is really annoying when I play that note and it is an octave higher than what should be being played.
     
  6. MichaelScott

    MichaelScott

    Jul 27, 2004
    Moorpark CA
    I thought you said it is too loud?

    Too loud is a lot different then an octave higher. Is it an octave higher?
     
  7. SirPoonga

    SirPoonga

    Jan 18, 2005
    To quote myself
     
  8. MichaelScott

    MichaelScott

    Jul 27, 2004
    Moorpark CA

    I didn’t really appreciate your smart-ass reply (considering I am trying to help you).

    I know what you wrote and it didn’t make any sense, which is why I asked you to re-word it.

    Do you not understand what an octave is?

    If it is too loud then you can:

    1) Raise your bridge on that string.
    2) Lower your pup
    3) Trim your top EQ
    4) Get a new set of strings
    5) Take it to a set up guy
    6) Buy a new bass.