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Strange harmonics on A string

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Zinkff, May 4, 2006.


  1. Zinkff

    Zinkff

    Nov 4, 2005
    Seattle area
    I was recording some tracks last night when the drummer commented that the A string seemed to have a different sound than the E string. After playing the different strings, it seems the A has a ringing harmonic that the others don't have. Any ideas on how to dial this out? I believe the bass is intonated correctly, but could that be related to the problem? And yeah, I know it isn't wise to listen to a drummers opinion, but he was actually on to something this time!
     
  2. Zinkff

    Zinkff

    Nov 4, 2005
    Seattle area
    It seems to only be the open A only. I will try the string wrap. In fact, it is probably time to put on a whole new set!
     
  3. pkr2

    pkr2

    Apr 28, 2000
    coastal N.C.
    A pup that's set too hugh can cause what you are describing.
     
  4. GregHolmes

    GregHolmes

    Mar 3, 2006
    Niagara, Ontario
    Dealer of: BassLab, Eminence, Acoustic Image, MIDIjet
    The A string on Fender-style head often has this problem because there is not enough downwards pressure as the string passes over the nut. The G and D strings have the string T holding them down, and the E tuner is closer to the nut. Make sure that the A has enough wraps around the tuner post to keep the string down.
     
  5. Zinkff

    Zinkff

    Nov 4, 2005
    Seattle area
    I have 2 string T's so the A is held down pretty well. I'm going to check string wrap and pup height. Maybe a new string will do the trick. Thanks all for the help. You've got me going in the right direction.
     

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