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Raise the action, or just don't hit it as hard
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Do the strings go through the body or on the bridge. Also is 34 or 35 scale. If irs 34 scale and on the bridge there isnt going to be a huge amoun t of tension, maybe try moving the b string to the tird tuning peg instead of the first.
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Do the strings go through the body or on the bridge. Also is 34 or 35 scale. If irs 34 scale and on the bridge there isnt going to be a huge amoun t of tension, maybe try moving the b string to the tird tuning peg instead of the first.


34 scale and bridge. I'm gonna try to raise the action when I find a screwdriver for it.
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But try my suggestion and move the b sting up a tuner, Theres much less tension at the moment on the string so it s more slack.
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Do the strings go through the body or on the bridge. Also is 34 or 35 scale. If irs 34 scale and on the bridge there isnt going to be a huge amoun t of tension, maybe try moving the b string to the tird tuning peg instead of the first.


switching tuning pegs will not make an ounce of difference, besides making things difficult.. the scale length is the length from the nut to the bridge.
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Ya but it will pull the string a bit tighter, making more tension.
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Ya but it will pull the string a bit tighter, making more tension.

No it won't. The length of string after the nut has no effect.
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get higher gauge strings
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My A string was buzzing when I changed my strings, so I put a tony bit of paper under it on the nut and it stopped.
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What's the standard gauge for a B string? I'm not really sure what's stock on my bass.

If it's stock it probably came with Medium gauge...so I'm going to guess .135?
EDIT: It's either that or .130. Might be wrong.
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If it's stock it probably came with Medium gauge...so I'm going to guess .135?


Stock is around .125 I believe.

A lot of people upgrade to .130 on 34" 5/6ers.
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If it's stock it probably came with Medium gauge...so I'm going to guess .135?
EDIT: It's either that or .130. Might be wrong.


It's probably .130. The dude I bought from gave me a bunch of extra string packs with the B being .130.

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Stock is around .125 I believe.

A lot of people upgrade to .130 on 34" 5/6ers.


Oh.
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Dunno what to tell you. I got a 35" scale. Tightest low B ever. ^_^
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Ya but it will pull the string a bit tighter, making more tension.


How do you swap tuning pegs?
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If it's stock it probably came with Medium gauge...so I'm going to guess .135?


That's what I use, but as far as I know, it's only standard on some Warwicks. Most B strings are more likely to be .120 - .130
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I've never played a .125 B. Fenders come with 130, and Warwick with 135.
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No it won't. The length of string after the nut has no effect.


Im not say ive tried it but some high end makers, have done it(fodera), They moved the B string to the 3 rd tuning peg on the top. I dont know if it works, it just seemed quite logical to me.
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Im not say ive tried it but some high end makers, have done it(fodera), They moved the B string to the 3 rd tuning peg on the top. I dont know if it works, it just seemed quite logical to me.



Longer string increases sustain. That's my guess. In my experience, the low B dies long before other strings decay. Increasing the amount of low B string on the bass will help remedy that. Think of it as having a top loading/string through body, and top loading all the strings but the low B.

As I said though, that's my guess.
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Longer string increases sustain. That's my guess. In my experience, the low B dies long before other strings decay. Increasing the amount of low B string on the bass will help remedy that. Think of it as having a top loading/string through body, and top loading all the strings but the low B.

As I said though, that's my guess.


String through body doesn't work because of a longer string. It works because the strings tension is pulling the bridge onto the body, rather than from it. Better contact = more sustain.
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THINK before posting. THINK.

If the Fodera has a tilted headstock, then it would be the same effect as string through body then. Just ignore my temporary insanity. Long day at work, had to count and catalogue EVERY WATCH AND BATTERY in the shop.
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Moving to a different tuning peg should make a difference. The nut doesn't grab the string tight, the string is just sitting in a rut essentially. That's all the nut is, is a rut.
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If the Fodera has a tilted headstock, then it would be the same effect as string through body then. Just ignore my temporary insanity. Long day at work, had to count and catalogue EVERY WATCH AND BATTERY in the shop.


Even a Fender headstock manages it. The pegs are below nut level, and the string tree helps the effect.
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Moving to a different tuning peg should make a difference. The nut doesn't grab the string tight, the string is just sitting in a rut essentially. That's all the nut is, is a rut.


Right, so how will moving the string to a different tuning peg help?

The difference will be negligible, if at all present.

Higher gauge is the answer here.
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But string trees are sh*t. I always noticed better sustain off tilted headstocks than off string trees anyways.

Theoretically, it shouldn't make a difference if the end angle is the same.

Chances are, the basses with tilted headstocks were just made better.
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Theoretically anything that happens past the nut or bridge is irrelevant for sustain.
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I've never played a .125 B.


Basically all light gauge B strings are .125 and under. Also, DR's medium gauge 5 string sets come with a .125 B
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Personally, I use .145 B on my 34" 6 string, and I found it let me get a much lower action with minimal buzz. A .140 would probably be better though, but I couldn't seem to order one...
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