Weird string thing happening, read on...

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by volumefiend, Jun 19, 2003.

  1. Ok. Well, lets just say my strings are broken in. I use heavy guage boomers. I now can play hard a whole week, every day, and my strings will not go flat. Even with constant slap play, which is what ive been doing lately more and more, they refuse to go flat.

    After all that play, youd think (even me) that they would have had to at least gone flat a little.

    They dont go flat. They go sharp.

    A whole step sharp. It seems they dont stretch; they tighten with play and "abuse".:confused: :confused:


    Is it a ghost??
  2. Maybe it has something to do with the neck, very subtle movements would throw it out of tune pretty easily, maybe you are playing so hard that the relax's back to the tension and......hell I don't know
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    nah...probably a ghost. :D
  4. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    Impossible. You're just making this up to confuse us. :p

    OK, just kidding. However, that sounds really weird, and I can't think of an explanation for it. So, every week, you have to tune your bass down a step? Gremlins, man. The only explanation that makes sense.
  5. jdombrow

    jdombrow Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2002
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Has there been a change in environmental conditions (heat, humidity, etc) that is causing your neck to expand slightly? Or, maybe your truss rod tension is overcoming the string tension as they age.
  6. it's probably getting cold. Causes overall shrinkage. Then gets back up to temperature. Wood probably has a lower coeffiecient of thermal expansion than metal. So the metal changes more than the wood the bass is made out of. Then metal also has less "memory" than wood. If you form it into a shape "bend" then the metal will try to stay where it is no...the wood may try to bend back more.

    Plus humidity changes could cause the dissimilar woods of the fretboard/neck to expand in different rates. Arching the neck slightly.

    Short answer, it's a lot of things probably.
  7. yeah...most likely the conditions affecting the wood.

    my room is a humid place:D jkjk:meh: :meh: