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Old 09-14-2012, 04:38 PM   #1
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Question Bass is missing on high strings

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I've got a tiny problem: the higher strings of my bass just don't have a lot of bass in their sound. I'm playing a Dean Metalman V. Could it be that the reason for my problem is the long neck? Or might it be the strings or whatever?

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Old 09-14-2012, 06:24 PM   #2
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Try raising that side of your pick-up. Just screw it clockwise and it should get higher, and therefore closer to the string.
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Old 09-15-2012, 06:58 AM   #3
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What gauges are you using?
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Old 09-15-2012, 07:41 AM   #4
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Well you're using a Dean for one... that's never a good start...

We need more information though. What strings are you using, what amp are you using and what's your EQ like?
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Old 09-16-2012, 09:47 AM   #5
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Difficult to know what's going on.
You should try varying the angle of your finger/pick to get different tones. Also, fingerstyle, you can vary the amount of nail which plucks the strings. With a pick, you can try a different gauge.

Try playing on different parts of the string. Near the neck you get a warmer sound than near the bridge.

If you just mean a change in volume, then it will be a matter of adjusting your pickups.
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Old 09-16-2012, 12:07 PM   #6
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I think this is pretty common and was a real issue with my old Cort on the P pickups. Part of it is a matter of taste, some bass players really use the sound of the top strings to good effect but it's not my taste or style of playing. I tried all the pup adjustment which didn't really work for me. New strings improved things a lot (I was using Roto66's at the time) I have similar issues with my Jazz but it isn't so dramatic especially since i now have flats fitted to that. My Thunderbird is different, the D and G are hotter than the E and A and this means when I knock the tone down they are a good match in timbre and volume.

I'm trying to talk to Wizard to see if I can upgrade the P pups to see if they can wind something which will give me an even sound across the strings. I'll try and get back to you if I have any success. Meanwhile it would be good to see any other suggestions
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Old 09-16-2012, 04:10 PM   #7
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A good multiband compressor will help with this.
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:02 PM   #8
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A good multiband compressor will help with this.


You do realise we're on about a bass amp here? Not a recording studio rack effects setup?

What I would say is that yes it does have a bit to do with the strings. Thinner strings don't generally give you as much lower end.
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Old 09-16-2012, 06:14 PM   #9
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You do realise we're on about a bass amp here? Not a recording studio rack effects setup?

Multiband compressors come in stomp boxes.
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:19 AM   #10
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Multiband compressors come in stomp boxes.


Yeah, this. Not that it's physically impossible to incorporate rack-mount effects into your live rig anyway.
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I had a simlar problem with My 1965 Fender Jazz, the easiest solution is the get a parametric EQ, previously with my Jazz if I turned up the mids it became honky whereas with a parametric EQ you can select the frquency and the badwidth.
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Old 09-19-2012, 03:47 AM   #12
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I am always facing problem with my guitar bass.
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:22 PM   #13
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What gauges are you using?


I am using 0.045 to 0.105 (roundwound nickel Warwick strings) and my amp is is a Harley Benton HB-40R.

Unfortunately I can't raise the pick-up. There's not a lot to adjust on this bass...

I thought about buying an Equalizer and thicker strings already. Guess that's the only way to do anything about it, isn't it...
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Old 09-30-2012, 03:31 PM   #14
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Unfortunately I can't raise the pick-up. There's not a lot to adjust on this bass...

Yes you can, it is the screw on the pickup there is one on top and one on the bottom just like a guitar humbucker.
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I am using 0.045 to 0.105 (roundwound nickel Warwick strings) and my amp is is a Harley Benton HB-40R.

Unfortunately I can't raise the pick-up. There's not a lot to adjust on this bass...

I thought about buying an Equalizer and thicker strings already. Guess that's the only way to do anything about it, isn't it...

As I've posted on here several times I always buy a separate 'G string' at 0.055" which gives more punch as did the standard 60s Fender Bass strings where the 'G' was 0.054".
Regarding EQ I've found that a parametric EQ with bandwidth control to be better than a standard Graphic unless it's 31 band and upwards.
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As I've posted on here several times I always buy a separate 'G string' at 0.055" which gives more punch as did the standard 60s Fender Bass strings where the 'G' was 0.054".

Exactly this, they really should sell reversed custom gauges, 100 - 055 would be perfect for me.
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Yes you can, it is the screw on the pickup there is one on top and one on the bottom just like a guitar humbucker.

Ok I tried...after nearly destroying the screwdiver as well as the screws and my fingers I can tell it doesn't change a thing.
But thanks for the advice ;-)
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Regarding EQ I've found that a parametric EQ with bandwidth control to be better than a standard Graphic unless it's 31 band and upwards.

What's the difference between those? The graphic ones look much more versatile...
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What's the difference between those? The graphic ones look much more versatile...


With the parametric you can sweep the frequencys till you find the right spot ie 12 fret on the G string which you can select exactly or with the bandwidth set how many frets either way (I'm trying to simplify) whereas with a graphic it is all presets.
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