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The Promised Land!! (and a ?)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Scott_Petersen, Jul 25, 2000.

  1. Scott_Petersen


    Jul 25, 2000
    I was just sufring around and found this site. I can't tell you all how long I've been looking for an active forum devoted exclusively to the bass. I can tell that I am going to be wasting a lot of time here in the future.

    On to my question. I play an American Standard P-Bass which I love. The feel, the action, the tone, everything is great except for one thing. The E string just doesn't have the brightness or punch of the other 3. This is true whether amplified or not. That is, it seems to be a function of the bass itself as opposed to pickup placement or an amplification/equalization issue. I'm wondering if anyone else has run into a problem like this and what I might try to fix it. I have used 2 or 3 brands of strings with the same result. The bridge looks fine. Could it be the nut?


    Thanks and I'm glad I found you all,

  2. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    hey scott! welcome

    check your nut, to make sure the string is seated solidly. if the groove is too big, that could be the problem. also, this is a long shot, but make sure your tuning key is tightly attached to the headstock.

    hope that helps

    you wanna see a frustrated guitarist? let a guitarist try to do something useful on one of my basses. _THAT'S_ a frustrated guitarist.
  3. Scott_Petersen


    Jul 25, 2000
    I'll give it a look. Thanks for the info.

  4. I had a similar problem with the "G" string on my Fender Jazz. I tried a new set of strings, and the problem went away.

    - Wil
  5. Mr Socko

    Mr Socko Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2000
    The nut would only be suspect when you play an open E. If you have the problem with fretted notes on the E string, I would try different strings (had this E problem on a P bass with several sets of flats, but not with roundwounds. Are you using taperwounds? Do you press down on the string on the bridge to get a good break angle on the E string?
    You did'nt say if this has been an ongoing problem. Either way, you should be able to find the right cure for it.
  6. rickreyn


    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    I had the same problem with my MIA P-bass. Since I had an opportunity to return it I did. Other 4-strings I tried had a lot more punch (MIM Jazz, Squier P-bass Special, MIA Active P-bass, Warwick Corvette FNA and Fortress, Ibanez Ergodyne and Verdine White). Only thing I tried was another set of strings, and that didn't work. I'm not much help, but I experienced what you're talking about.

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