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Problem with New Strings

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by Head Creep, Jan 12, 2005.


  1. Head Creep

    Head Creep

    Nov 6, 2004
    Los Angeles
    I just got and put on a set of GHS strings (5 string, roundwound, proper length and all), and they're extremely tight to the point where I can't properly tune them. With all the strings, it doesn't get even close to properly tuned before it feels like the string's about to snap. I cut all the strings a bit longer than the stock strings, so I don't think the problem's there. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Johnny Alien

    Johnny Alien Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Harrisburg, PA, USA
    The GHS strings I have used (made for Lakland) felt like medium to low tension so that is a bizarre situation. I know the Lakland strings are made a little longer to handle 35" scale and through body stringing but if you cut them longer than the stock strings then I can safely say I have no idea.
     
  3. Head Creep

    Head Creep

    Nov 6, 2004
    Los Angeles
    Well, I'm gonna swing by Guitar Center on Monday and pick up a different set. Hopefully I can just mark this one up to bad luck with a manufacturing defect...
     
  4. fleetwood

    fleetwood

    Aug 29, 2001
    Swansea UK
    maybe you should check the neck tension. Did you take off a heavier gauge than these newer ones.
    Did you replace them one at a time or did you actually de-string the bass. This would allow the truss rod to pull neck back.