#1
Hey guys,

My bass is tuned to DGCF (D standard) and the low D string (110 gauge) is floppy. Its volume is lower compared to the other strings, and it sounds like it's buzzing against the fretboard, but it doesn't actually happen. What can I do to fix the problem? I can provide a sound sample if you guys want.

Thanks.
#2
Tuning a bass down - especially if it is a 34" or shorter scale - is likely to give you a floppy "E" string. Short of using a much heavier string, there isn't a lot you can do about it. You could try increasing the tension on the string by running it through a short length of metal pipe (slightly larger than the string so it still catches the ball end) and then run it through your top-loader bridge. This is said to work, but I can't vouch for it.
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#3
There's nothing that can be done to help that other than getting strings made for Dropped Tunings.
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#4
A 110 string should be fine in D though. It might not be as tight as some people's tastes (*cough*cb4*cough*) but it shouldn't actually be a problem.

I have a bass tuned a half step down from that and the 110 is still perfectly fine.

How's the set-up apart from that?

I'm assuming it's a 34"?
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How's the set-up apart from that?

I'm assuming it's a 34"?
Yes, the scale is 34". I did the whole setup myself when I changed the strings and I think it's pretty good, yet the string is still floppy. I will try a 115.
#6
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Don't use stupid thrash tunings unless you own a bass made for generic metelcore music? Not that hard of a problem man.


Just shut up. I've never seen you do anything but troll and/or say stupid things.

Thrash tunings? Most thrash bands that I know of play in E anyway. Since when are thrash and metalcore the same thing?

And why would you buy a different bass for every specific genre? If I did that I'd need at least 10 and that's not counting sub-genres.
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troll harder
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#9
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Tuning a bass down - especially if it is a 34" or shorter scale - is likely to give you a floppy "E" string. Short of using a much heavier string, there isn't a lot you can do about it. You could try increasing the tension on the string by running it through a short length of metal pipe (slightly larger than the string so it still catches the ball end) and then run it through your top-loader bridge. This is said to work, but I can't vouch for it.

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#10
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Don't use stupid thrash tunings unless you own a bass made for generic metelcore music? Not that hard of a problem man.

I want you to read what you wrote and try to form a coherent argument as to how this isn't being a douche.
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#11
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No trolling here, fella. Just you getting way too upset over an opinion you saw on the internet. Seriously, calm down. There's a whole world outside of your computer screen, just waiting to be discovered.


Blatant trolling ≠ Opinion.

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Also this.


Also, for the record, they aren't my favourite genres of music. By a long shot.

And for the suggestion of getting a life? I'm not the one who spends time trolling a bass guitar forum.
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You could try increasing the tension on the string by running it through a short length of metal pipe (slightly larger than the string so it still catches the ball end) and then run it through your top-loader bridge. This is said to work, but I can't vouch for it.
I don't see how. To get the same frequency out of the same length of the same string you're always going to need the same tension. The only way to change the tension is to use a string of different mass per unit length or use a different scale length.
#13
Quote by gilly_90
A 110 string should be fine in D though. It might not be as tight as some people's tastes (*cough*cb4*cough*) but it shouldn't actually be a problem.

I have a bass tuned a half step down from that and the 110 is still perfectly fine.

How's the set-up apart from that?

I'm assuming it's a 34"?

Haha, first time I see this. If it ain't tight, it ain't right

Also, it's probably not the string, just the tension. If you could take it to a shop to get set up or adjust the action and tension yourself, it'll be okay.
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#15
Get a good setup., along with a higher gauge of strings this will help a lot.
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#16
^

basses aren't like guitars. I can use a Fender jazz for dropped F deathcore if I wanted to.
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#17
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^

basses aren't like guitars. I can use a Fender jazz for dropped F deathcore if I wanted to.


But you can use a Strat in dropped F if you wanted to as well.

So he's really wrong

...and trolling.
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#18
Well, I see someone trolled here. Anyway, I did the whole setup again myself (same strings) with a higher action and now it's slightly better... not perfect, but still better than before.
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basses aren't like guitars. I can use a Fender jazz for dropped F deathcore if I wanted to.



Was that at me man.
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#20
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But you can use a Strat in dropped F if you wanted to as well.

So he's really wrong

...and trolling.

Though the scale might be a bit loose for the F

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