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Problem Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by redrabbie, Apr 1, 2013.


  1. redrabbie

    redrabbie

    Mar 31, 2013
    Any ideas concerning my 1981 P Bass. It has roundwound strings fitted and when playing octaves quite quickly there is a lot of resonance. So much so its difficult to get separation between running notes.

    Also when slowly repeating say an A on the top string
    (on fret 2) the other open strings particularly the A string rings so much it interferes.

    The neck is also very sensitive if you tap it on the rear side when the amp is on it resonates a lot.

    Any ideas?
     
  2. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Is this a new bass? new strings?
     
  3. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Pickups too high.
     
  4. scottbass

    scottbass Bass lines like a big, funky giant

    Jul 13, 2004
    Southern MN
    All basses resonate, but we deal with it by muting the unplayed strings. I'm not trying to be mean - do you know how to palm & finger mute? If so, then you're saying this particular bass resonates more than others you have played and can't be controlled by muting?
     
  5. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    That just sounds like typical string resonance to me, not an indication that this is a "problem bass". The way to fix it is generally to work on string muting technique.
     
  6. ggunn

    ggunn

    Aug 30, 2006
    Austin, TX
    As others have said, it's not the bass, it's your technique. Muting unplucked strings was a pain at first for me, but now it's second nature. I mostly mute the strings above (in pitch) from the one I am playing with my left hand and the ones below it (ditto) with my right.
     
  7. redrabbie

    redrabbie

    Mar 31, 2013
    Thanks for your posts so far. I'm a newbie as far as bass playing goes hence my question. However, this bass is new to me (1981 P Bass) but I do have 2 other basses (new Fender Jazz & 1983 Elite P Bass) and neither rings out like this one??

    The other aspect of the sound is that I get the harmonic octave when I pluck the string hard.

    The strings are new roundwounds so perhaps part of the answer but I'm sure I dont dampen the strings either - new skill to work on then.
     
  8. cnltb

    cnltb

    May 28, 2005
    isn't this a muting-technique issue?
    As to the bass; Not a problem at all, I think, but quite desireable:)(Imho).
     
  9. chadds

    chadds

    Mar 18, 2000
    Sounds very desirable!!
     
  10. maxiegrant

    maxiegrant Bassist in Transition

    Nov 26, 2007
    Sellersburg, IN
    Perhaps what you are describing is the sound of one of your pickups going microphonic.

    This happens when the potting flakes off or whatever from your windings. It would cause your bass to seem a lot squeakier, and then it will tip over into full-throated howling when you least expect it.

    However, you should make a brief recording of the phenomenon. Then we will be able to identify it much more clearly.
     
  11. zazz

    zazz

    Feb 27, 2004
    Cebu
    Yeah ..you have to get into the whole muting ..ghost note type feel .....the ringing out on certain notes is the same with most necks...they all have dead spots and ring out more where there aren't any.
     
  12. chadds

    chadds

    Mar 18, 2000
    Just send me the bass and quit whining. ;)
     
  13. cnltb

    cnltb

    May 28, 2005
    I too offer a caring home and purpose filled life to this unruly instrument.
    Just pm me and soon you'll be rid of all your worries as far as this particular instrument is concerned. ;)
     
  14. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    +1 Here :)
     
  15. redrabbie

    redrabbie

    Mar 31, 2013
    ok thanks for the advice guys. Looks like its me that's got to improve then.
     

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