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Old 04-24-2013, 03:56 AM   #1
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Unhappy My G String is too clean...

So my E, A and D strings all have a nice thump/deep sound to them. They sound like a bass should. My G string, however, sounds way too clean. This is only noticeable when I do a bassline that involves the G string and another string (which it almost always does.) Then it's glaringly obvious.

Info about me and my stuff: I use a pick about 95% of the time, It's a Squier Special (has both a jazz and precision pickup), I'm pretty sure the strings on it are Ernie Ball hybrids.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:06 AM   #2
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so yeah.. i chuckled

try raising the pickups ever so slightly on that side so they're a bit closer to the G. should be nothing more than a small screwdriver job
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:07 AM   #3
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You can try to eq some of the treble out by rolling back on your tone knob, using more of the p bass pickup or cutting some of the treble on the amp.
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:09 AM   #4
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Try a thicker gauge string for the G.
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:18 AM   #5
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Does it sound that way when you're playing in a mix with a guitar and drums?
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:12 AM   #6
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Thats a common problem since its the string we use least. Try putting some hand lotion on it if its still too poppy.
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Old 04-24-2013, 11:43 AM   #7
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Could be your amp or you pup set up.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:02 PM   #8
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You could get a set of strings with a wound g-string
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:35 PM   #9
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To answer funkbass's question first, I haven't really noticed. So probably not. But it sure is noticeable (to me, at least) when I'm playing solo.

With the pickup solution, wouldn't that mess with the tone on my D string as well? It has plenty of oomph behind it, I don't want my problem to turn from a too clean G to a too "dirty" D.

As far as string gauges go, would I have to get my bass readjusted to accommodate for the G being thicker?

Equalization doesn't fix it. It sounds quite different from the other 3 no matter where the settings are.

This might be what Ich 666 is saying, but could I maybe get a flatwound string? I'm gonna try the lotion thing when I get off work.

I swear I've recently spent more time focused on my G string than my girlfriends...
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:25 PM   #10
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To answer funkbass's question first, I haven't really noticed. So probably not. But it sure is noticeable (to me, at least) when I'm playing solo.

With the pickup solution, wouldn't that mess with the tone on my D string as well? It has plenty of oomph behind it, I don't want my problem to turn from a too clean G to a too "dirty" D.

As far as string gauges go, would I have to get my bass readjusted to accommodate for the G being thicker?

Equalization doesn't fix it. It sounds quite different from the other 3 no matter where the settings are.

This might be what Ich 666 is saying, but could I maybe get a flatwound string? I'm gonna try the lotion thing when I get off work.

I swear I've recently spent more time focused on my G string than my girlfriends...


Mixing and matching string types isn't the fix I'd be going with, there are plenty of bassists who don't have the issue you're having who don't have to mix string types (which will result in inconsistent sound properties as well as feeling strange when you're playing).

Equalization is unlikely to fix the problem, but you might find that multiband compression could help get you on the right track. Equally, a bit of compression may even help you.

Using a thicker gauge string is unlikely to require that you get your bass set-up unless you were to use a drastically different gauge. I'd recommend simply going up 0.05 which shouldn't make much difference in terms of set-up and should still fit with your bridge/nut.

As for adjusting your pick-up, it shouldn't have much of an effect on your D string. It may if you have a precision pick-up, but then you can just angle the pick-up accordingly.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:55 PM   #11
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Well; you might want to try a set of flatwounds or tapewounds. Remember: at .45" (standard gauge), that string is essentially the same as an electric guitar's low "E" string, so you're not going to get a lot of low end thud out of it.
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Old 06-30-2013, 09:37 AM   #12
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I hate to revive a dead thread, but I have an update to this. This morning I took the strings off of my bass and I noticed that the E, A, and D strings all just sit in the nut but the G string seems to be "locked" in there (took a small amount of pulling to get it out). Could that be my issue? And if so, how do I fix that?
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I hate to revive a dead thread, but I have an update to this. This morning I took the strings off of my bass and I noticed that the E, A, and D strings all just sit in the nut but the G string seems to be "locked" in there (took a small amount of pulling to get it out). Could that be my issue? And if so, how do I fix that?


Oh, hell yes it could be an issue! Improperly cut nut slots on guitars and basses are one of the biggest pains in the ass with instruments being made today, and you'll see it on the high-end stuff as well as the lower priced instruments. Have a tech take a look at it and have him or her file it to where it is supposed to be. If your string is sitting on top of the nut slot instead of inside of it, then you might very well get a sort of "tinny" sound when you strike or pick that string.

It should be a cheap and easy fix.
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Old 07-02-2013, 02:54 AM   #14
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I had this problem with both D and G strings on my starter bass, a Cort. The tone just changes so dramatically, yuk. None of the eq or height adjustment worked. Changing strings helped a little but never completely cured the problem.

When I upgraded (twice) both the new basses had D/G strings that were slightly but noticeably louder than my first bass, rolling off the tone control brought down the volume but matched up the sound beautifully.

I still use my Cort for practice and recently changed the pups. Tried some Wilkinsons first and then some Kent Armstrongs both pups completely removed this problem and sounded so much better than the stock pups.

Change the pups, spend more time with your girlfriend.
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