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Weird Bass/String Problem. HELP PLEASE!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JoshSmith, Mar 19, 2014.

  1. JoshSmith


    Jul 23, 2013
    So the weirdest thing is happening to me, I play inside my room upstairs and my low C string (I play in drop C) is bright. Not super bright but bright enough to notice. Then I go in my garage to play and it sounds so dead like noticeably dead. And this all happens in a spam of a minute and the string tone changes. What is it??? I got a setup yesterday and he put the low C string on and took it off then put it on again like two times because my intonation was messed up a lot. Is it just the string? or bass? Once again it's only the Low C string. it doesnt happen with the others. :mad:
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Probably killed the string taking it on and off.
  3. Apolicious


    Jan 16, 2014
    If it's changing between rooms you've found the variable already: location, location, location. The acoustic properties of the room, and (ESPECIALLY) the positioning/location of your amp have a huge impact on the tone. For example, placing your amp in a corner makes it sounds much deeper, which you could be interpreting as a "deader" tone.
  4. JoshSmith


    Jul 23, 2013

    It is unplugged, not into the amp. It's never happened before, it can happen that quickly that surprises me
  5. JoshSmith


    Jul 23, 2013
    It can happen that quickly?**
  6. The Professor

    The Professor

    Nov 15, 2008
    New Jersey
    What Apolicus said...

    Ever notice that some notes ring louder in certain rooms?

    You never mentioned what kind of bass... low-C as in a B-string, first fret? Or a 4-string, A-string, 3rd fret?
  7. Low C as in E string detuned to C played open.
  8. IPA


    May 5, 2010
    Are you playing standing up vs sitting down? Different position? Putting tension on the neck in one room vs the other?
  9. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    My house rings forever if you play a concert g. I would chalk it up to environment and the resonance of the room.
  10. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Intergalactic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon sofware rep.
    maybe the string is dead or has a dead spot and needs to be replaced?
  11. FunkMetalBass


    Aug 5, 2005
    Phoenix, Arizona 85029
    Endorsing Artist: J.C. Basses
    No amp needed for this test: Put your ear onto the bass' body. Pluck the string. Now walk into the other room and repeat. Do you hear a difference? If not, then it's the room.
  12. JoshSmith


    Jul 23, 2013

    I do hear a slight difference