#1
Hi,

I just replaced the strings on my bass, an Ibanez Soundgear one. The original strings were .45 - .105 gauge, so I bought a set of identical gauge. Replaced them, I even cut the new strings to match the length of the old ones.

So far, everything is fine, except for my D string. It had downright horrible intonation - played open it's fine, but by the time I'm at the 12th fret, it was a half step down. I adjusted the string saddle, and currently it can't go any farther - yet that string still has horrible intonation. I can't even produce a harmonic over the 12th fret anymore.

Previously, using the exact same gauge of strings, everything was perfect. Anyone want to explain why it's so FUBAR all of a sudden?

A quick response would be nice because I've got a gig in 4 hours.
#2
id like to help you dude cause that sucks....but im good with theory, not the fixing stuff part.
if i were you id just borrow a bass from my friend, or dont use the D string
lol i have no clue
#3
Quote by lardcake
A quick response would be nice because I've got a gig in 4 hours.
Damn o.0

In any case, you say you can't properly produce a harmonic on the 12 fret. Exactly how high is your D string off the fretboard?
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#5
I haven't measured, but it's about the same height as it was previously.

However, I think I may have found the problem: the D string has a defect in it. Over where the 15th fret currently is, the string seems to suddenly change its gauge - it's thicker past that defect.

For now I'll put the old string back on after a quick soaking in denatured alcohol. Should be fine for the gig, the average joe in the crowd won't know.

Think I'd be entitled to a free set from the store?
#7
Quote by lardcake
Think I'd be entitled to a free set from the store?
Maybe... Depending on how much you can milk the store manager for, esp. with the story about your gig. Best bet would be a replacement string though.
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#8
Quote by lardcake
I haven't measured, but it's about the same height as it was previously.

However, I think I may have found the problem: the D string has a defect in it. Over where the 15th fret currently is, the string seems to suddenly change its gauge - it's thicker past that defect.

For now I'll put the old string back on after a quick soaking in denatured alcohol. Should be fine for the gig, the average joe in the crowd won't know.

Think I'd be entitled to a free set from the store?

If you bring the sting in and show them that is messed up they'll probably just give you a replacement string. What brand of strings are they?
#10
Thanks everyone for your help. I'll take it back to the shop and see if I can get a replacement string - it's only fair, after all. Either way some customer would get screwed for it.

As for the gig, I ended up borrowing the guitarist's bass. Thought I might as well leave the defective string where it is so I can show it to the shop people.

It was an awesome show.