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so ive had many different nuts, strings and bridges on my bass and im having the same problem, my E string sounds much deeper than my other 3

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when doin this, they sound the same (my bass is in tune ) but my E sounds far deeper, much less bright and punchy than G-A, any advice?
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This natural. Thicker strings have a more emphasised fundamental, and therefore a deeper tone.
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What kind of bass do you have?
What amp are you using?
What EQ?


squier vintage mod P bass, but the problem occurs unamped also

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Adjust your pickup height? Try different strings?


as i said, problem is unamped too, i have tried various strings and gauges to relieve problem with no luck
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squier vintage mod P bass, but the problem occurs unamped also


as i said, problem is unamped too, i have tried various strings and gauges to relieve problem with no luck


Lower the action on the E string to give it a little buzz on the frets. Otherwise muck around with your EQ, Although it may happen unamplified, An amp can usually cancel sound problems out.
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Lower the action on the E string to give it a little buzz on the frets. Otherwise muck around with your EQ, Although it may happen unamplified, An amp can usually cancel sound problems out.


The trouble in this case is that the amp will struggle to help, as he is getting the same frequencies on each string, just different proportions of the harmonics. Boosting bass will boost bass for the E string as well as A-G.

Pickup adjustment(lowering the neck pickup bass side) may help a bit.
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Are all these strings the same age and the same make/material?

That could have a large impact you know.
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Get a compressor for when you're playing through an amp.
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This is inevitable and one of the great things about bass playing. You can change the tone of a note simply by playing it on a different string.
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This is inevitable and one of the great things about bass playing. You can change the tone of a note simply by playing it on a different string.

This.

It's called dynamics, not enough musicians really know about it today.
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Indeed. A lot of people simply seem to think "I'm playing the right notes. What more can I do?".
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It's actually called timbre...


He speaks the truth. Dynamics is volume, timbre is tone.
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ok. ive never had this with any other bass and whenever i try to play a song with E string it sounds horribly wrong
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It's actually called timbre...

Haha, I guess you're right. Timbre and dynamics tend to go together and I guess I got them a little confused. Seems like I proved my own point.
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what brand of strings have you been using?


well it came with fenders, shortly replaced by rotosounds, now with a few day old set of elites. it very noticable on songs which move between A and E alot, notably "Emma"
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well it came with fenders, shortly replaced by rotosounds, now with a few day old set of elites. it very noticable on songs which move between A and E alot, notably "Emma"

If the E is proportionally a lot thicker than the other strings, that would be the problem. Dig up your old math skills and find out how much bigger the E is in comparison with the other strings. No setup, nor EQ, nor anything will fix this other than getting different strings, or learning how to cope.
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This natural. Thicker strings have a more emphasised fundamental, and therefore a deeper tone.

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If the E is proportionally a lot thicker than the other strings, that would be the problem. Dig up your old math skills and find out how much bigger the E is in comparison with the other strings. No setup, nor EQ, nor anything will fix this other than getting different strings, or learning how to cope.


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Hmm...odd. I really don't know what to say, other than learn to play softer on the E string.
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Hmm...odd. I really don't know what to say, other than learn to play softer on the E string.


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It's actually called timbre...

either way, I use it a little much. I always am playing up near the nut because it sounds clearer.

and to try to be on topic for once, you can certainly buy single strings. get a .95 if you find a good store that'll sell them.
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It's also possible that your attacking the E differently because it's the first string. A smoother attack makes for less... uh, attack.
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It's also possible that your attacking the E differently because it's the first string. A smoother attack makes for less... uh, attack.

this is true. I tend to be more aggressive at my E string, but I haven't considered we may be different...lol.
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It's definitely possible that you're attacking the E different. You're probably following through your other strings naturally, but when there's no way to really follow through, maybe your technique is becoming inconsistent. Try examining it closely and see what happens.

The other thing I think it might be is EQ. Do you have a really low EQ setting like a 30Hz or a 40Hz? If that's the case and you're boosting it, it might make your E sound very different because that's where all the frequencies are, but your A-G strings wouldn't have as many overtones affected by it. That's a total theory though.