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String Rattle

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by BD Bass, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. BD Bass

    BD Bass

    Jul 20, 2009
    I just put on a set of DR Hi Beams, "A" rattles real bad ???, should I set the action on just this string ??

  2. Jostein


    Mar 17, 2004
    Bodø, Norway
    I recently had to change a DR Hi Beam A string because it was rattling. I think the windings had loosened from the core. That was on my fretless, so it wasn't fret buzz.

    I actually suspected a problem with the truss rod, but changing the string solved the problem.

    But that doesn't mean that the same thing happened to your strings. In your case adjusting the action might do the trick. At least if you're changing from another type of strings with different characteristics.

    Hopethis helps.:)
  3. What kind of bass? Not clear on what you mean by rattle.Are you taking about rattling when playing open or fretted or what..
    Could be a couple of different issues. I've never had a winding issue personally....but is def. possible.

    My guess is that the tension on the new strings is a bit less and therefore not enough relief in the neck.Check the sticky on how to check this...Its really simple. If the relief checks out then...If not get it adjusted professionally (If youve never done it or afraid to)

    Could be a nut issue. Sometimes changing out strings acts as a file on a plastic nut...check various threads on how to check this...if thats not it ...

    I have experienced what I would call a rattle. Basically I didnt have enough tension when winding the string on the post. I simply loosened the string...put down pressure on the string between the nut and the post with one hand and winded with the other...fixed it right away.

    Hope this helps...
  4. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I also had a problem wth an DR A string. I called them about it and they replaced the set.
  5. BD Bass

    BD Bass

    Jul 20, 2009
    ( Gear )Ibanez SR 500, G&K 700 RBII, 210 cab
    Thanks for your responce, I'll re-string that string, see if it goes away,truss rod measures out, Nut Problem ????.things that make you go.....Hmmmmm ie:*rattle*

    Rotos did'nt do this, D'Addario's were fine

    Thanks for those Tips
  6. Meatrus


    Apr 5, 2009
    Why not just raise the action already :D? Its completely reversible so you cant do anything wrong.

    Give it a go, my bet would be it works.
  7. hakim


    Jan 21, 2009
    New York, NY
    :smug: +1
  8. dangorange


    Mar 25, 2009
    I recently experienced a rattling that was not fret buzz, low action etc. I was told that sometimes a string internally gets twisted (or something to that effect) and will cause all sorts of strange sounds. It will eventually go away by playing it, in my case that's exactly what happened, was gone in a few days.
  9. BD Bass

    BD Bass

    Jul 20, 2009

    Worked...............beautifully, Thanks Meatrus:hyper:
  10. Meatrus


    Apr 5, 2009
    Excellent! Glad you got it sorted :bassist: