Thanks TBers! B String Problem Solved!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by SlimT, Feb 5, 2004.

  1. SlimT


    Feb 27, 2002
    Eden Prairie, MN
    First, I want to say a big thank you to all you TBers out there!

    I've been away for awhile and it's great to be back.

    I had a problem with a new bass - Peavey G V. The B string didn't have the "Piano-like" sustain and clarity of the other strings. I went through the usual litanny of tightening the tuners, checking the nut, locking down the bridge, and still a big difference in the B.

    I did some searching found some very useful info:

    35" scale doesn't automatically mean a tight and great B string.
    The Peavey Graphite neck is made of softer composite stuff than
    my modulus - meaning the B isn't quite up to the modulus B.
    Taper Core strings can really help a B string.

    After some experimentation and searching the archives, I found a combination that seems to work very well - only a taper core B. I've got some Ken Smith Rock Bass Lights on all but the B, where I've got a Conklin Snakeskin (D'addario SR2000 I think) taper core.

    It seems I've achieved a perfect balance between strings.

    I've got some more setup to do on this bass (the rock bass lights require quite a bit less tension than the set of snakeskins did), but I'm very pleased with the results and all the help the archives were.

    I think my next string change will try one of the MTD sets that has the tapercore on the B string only (I *think* it was MTD that had that setup.).

    Thanks again! :hyper:
  2. Electricmayhem


    Dec 18, 2003
    yep. MTD has the tapercore B sets.
  3. Balor


    Sep 24, 2000
    Montréal, Québec
    SR2000 is Dean Markley... D'Addario also has a set with only the B as a tapered string.

  4. SlimT


    Feb 27, 2002
    Eden Prairie, MN
    Yep, my mistake.......

    What I *meant* to say is Dean Markley

    Thanks for the tips!