#1
Alright, I recently got an Ibanex SR305DX, and it sounds great...except for the B string. It sounds terrible, both plugged in and unplugged. It doesn't buzz so much as it rattles around. Do you guys have any tips, or should I just return it?
#2
Check the action? Never had that problem before. Take it in to a guitar shop and check it out, if they don't know then return it and buy an ESP.
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#3
thicker string possibly? what gauge you using?
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thicker string possibly? what gauge you using?


I honestly have no idea, they're the factory strings and it doesn't say the gauge anywhere.
#5
Why'd you buy it if the string sounded like that?

Anyways.. just take it back to the shop and they'll fix it.
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Why'd you buy it if the string sounded like that?

Anyways.. just take it back to the shop and they'll fix it.


Got it off Musician's Friend...they gave me a 20% discount in the mail for some reason. It's weird cause not many of the reviews complain about the B string, some even say it's great.
#7
Probably just a bad setup. Go to your local GC or guitar shop and have them set it up. It should sound just fine.
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#8
If it's only a 34 inch scale bass then you'll definitely want to try increasing the string gauge. If it's 35 inch scale then you might want to get it checked out. 34 inch scale 5 strings can sometimes have floppy B strings.
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#9
It definitely sounds like your action is too low, at least that's what I think of when I hear the term "rattle" applied to a bass. Have a shop set it up for you or do it yourself if you want.
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#10
My guess is that they took a 4 string pack of strings and put them on and then took a separate B string and put that on there, maybe the b string gauge didn't really match the rest of the strings
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Check the action? Never had that problem before. Take it in to a guitar shop and check it out, if they don't know then return it and buy an ESP.


If a guitar shop can't fix the action, you should find a new guitar shop.

It sounds like a problem that is easily fixed - no need to tell him to buy a new bass.


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My guess is that they took a 4 string pack of strings and put them on and then took a separate B string and put that on there, maybe the b string gauge didn't really match the rest of the strings



Don't most 5-string sets have the same B-string gauge?
#12
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Don't most 5-string sets have the same B-string gauge?


I've seen them range from 125 to 140 as standard. I find 135 to be the most comfortable with good tension.
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#13
I play a 34 in. scale 5 string, and had the same problem with the B string when I first got it.

The standard is 125, which is what most packs come with. You're going to have trouble finding a wide variety of 5 string sets, as most stores just don't carry them, so you should probably look into buying your strings from the internet. I feel pretty comfortable with a 130, but as a whole I play with strings that are just a tad bit heavier than normal (135,110 on my current bass. The E and B strings are the only strings I really notice much of a difference in guage.