#1
I know it's not the way I'm holding the string, because it's not a buzzing, and I've had experienced bassist friends give this a go, and it doesn't work. When I play the seventh fret on the E string, it makes a weird clanking sound. It's like a bunch of coins hitting an electric fence. No other frets do this.
How can I fix this? It's really screwing up my playing.
#2
is everything that can be, tightened properly? on my first bass the tuning pegs came a bit lose and buzzed on certain notes. does it transmit through an amp?
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#3
So it makes the clank and doesn't ring out like other frets correct?
Quote by FatalGear41
In the end, the only question is: what bass would Jesus play?

I think he's a Fender Jazz guy.
#4
Moody makes a great point.

Unplug the instrument.

Pluck the note while holding the bass body to your ear.

If you hear the sound you have a physical issue. If not, it is something electronic, and it would be wierd if it was only that frequency. So I am leaning to Moody's call right now.

A few weeks ago I was in a tight practice space and thought my amp was craping out on me when I hit an A. Realized the cheap Acoustic Guitar next to my amp was going sympathetic and the A string was moving so significantly it was rattling against its own frets and getting to the same if not greater volume as my amp.

Harmonics are a wild thing.
#5
It is indeed a physical issue. I tested without the amp and it still sounds bad. I've found that on the fret, that string is a little bent. I think that may be the cause. I can play it and it will sound normal if I use my index finger and push up. I can't do a vibrato, and my playing is a little less fluent, but until I get a new string, it'll work.
#6
Ah yes, string damage. Very common for this issue to cause problems. I suggest to change all the strings or you will have one that will sound brighter than the others.
Quote by FatalGear41
In the end, the only question is: what bass would Jesus play?

I think he's a Fender Jazz guy.
#7
Quote by Alucard817
Ah yes, string damage. Very common for this issue to cause problems. I suggest to change all the strings or you will have one that will sound brighter than the others.


Thanks! New question. I've never changed my strings before. How do I choose which strings to buy?
#8
strings, like basses, have their own little groups of people who swear by that brand alone.
myself being in the rotosound swing .66 steel wound camp.
you can get steel strings which straight off the bat are very very bright sounding, almost to the point of harsh
there are nickel strings which are considered as being warmer sounding and don't wear the frets as much -this is just something i overheard in a music store, though i have heard of people having allergic reactions to their nickel strings.

if you want a warmer sound go for nickel wound strings, if you want a brighter sound go for steel wound strings. if you are a crazy bastard go for monel :p

EDIT: i had a mental block and completely forgot about roundwound/halfwound/flatwound
i'm tired as shit, so i'll just leave a picture
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Last edited by moody git at Dec 26, 2012,
#10
Quote by anarkee
What's your style of music and what strings are on your bass now?

I'm not sure what kind I have now. I got the bass when I was too young to know about strings or any of that.
My music type ranges from all styles. Every form of rock known, including folk rock, old-school rock'n'roll, pop rock, alternative rock, a lot of grunge, a lot of punk, a lot of metal. I'm really all over the place when it comes to music style.
#11
You are going to get quite a few opinions on strings, but here's my two pence.

I've always liked the Roto 66s for versatile strings. They not only sound good but it takes them a while to go "dead". Stadium Elites are my go to string, but if you live in the States they can be difficult to buy, unless you don't mind the hassle of doing overseas transactions.
#13
Quote by anarkee
You are going to get quite a few opinions on strings, but here's my two pence.

I've always liked the Roto 66s for versatile strings. They not only sound good but it takes them a while to go "dead". Stadium Elites are my go to string, but if you live in the States they can be difficult to buy, unless you don't mind the hassle of doing overseas transactions.

Thanks! I'm in the States, and overseas transactions cost more than I can afford, so I'll check out the Rot 66's.
#14
Quote by Deliriumbassist
That reminds me, Tam, I owe you some Stadiums from a few years back. I'll shoot some over in the new year!


I will gladly send over another box or two of Lucky Charms
#15
Flats will give a round thump
Rounds, well think Entwistle's My generation.

I myself have never bothered with inbetweens having Flats on the Fretless and Elixers on the Fretted Basses.

I love Elixers when I can afford them.

Was picking up Hartke Roundwounds for 12.50 a set, about like I last picked up Vinci's before they went under.

Glad you found your issue.