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Hello, I like to play near the bridge. I like how the strings are much firmer but, I don't like the clanky sound I get from playing close to the bridge. Is there a possible way to get rid of this clanky sound? Sorry if this question is a bit noobish. Any help is appreciated.
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get a heavier string gauge and then play in the normal place. the clank comes from the restricted vibrational pattern between where you play and the bridge, so it sounds ultra metallic and crappy.
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My action is high enough so that it doesn't hit the fretboard. It's not hitting the pickups either. Every time I hit the string i just get this soft annoying clank. I'm trying to think of how to describe it... It's almost like when I hit a string the firmness of the string causes the sound itself. I do play with my treble slightly higher but I'm not sure if thats the problem either.
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Is it possible your fingernails are clipping the string after you play?
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get a heavier string gauge and then play in the normal place. the clank comes from the restricted vibrational pattern between where you play and the bridge, so it sounds ultra metallic and crappy.


Didn't think of that, I'll have to try that.

I am playing with flatwound strings though, if that may cause anything.
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it's pretty obvious, and i had this problem playing acoustic today for the first time in months. you simply aren't pressing down hard enough or close enough to the fret (the metal bar, not the space in between)

basically, if your finger is on the first fret, move it as close to the metal bar as possible and press down very firmly. this will give you the best sound
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it's pretty obvious, and i had this problem playing acoustic today for the first time in months. you simply aren't pressing down hard enough or close enough to the fret (the metal bar, not the space in between)

basically, if your finger is on the first fret, move it as close to the metal bar as possible and press down very firmly. this will give you the best sound



It makes the sound even if I hit the string open. Thanks for the input though.
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Then what you are hearing is their the string hitting the frets, or simply a bright metallic tone for the strings near the bridge. As you use flats, I doubt the second though. See if you still get it when playing really softly.
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i know what the TS means. its the sound of his fingers attacking the strings. a kind of dull 'thud' usually, but as you play closer to the bridge it gets more noticable.

Now to get rid of it? im not sure

maybe try turning your bridge pickup down? or possibly rolling off some of the tone?

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Maybe it's the sound of your fingers hitting the pickups aftert he initial attack of the strings? I get that too, and it annoys me. So I turn my amp up louder.
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I pretty much guarantee that some significant tone rolleage will solve your problem.
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Oh, that's just the sound you get from the bridge. I don't think you can rid of it, maybe some palm muting?
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i wouldn't really call it a clank so much as a...twang maybe?
maybe turn up your volume and pluck softly?
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Turning up the volume did help, thanks for the advice. I'll still try the heavier gauge strings though.
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Hmm i know i get a sort of clanky souned when i play my guitar and sometime's my bass.. like everynote is overshadowed by this click or clunk sound when i use a pick. like the sound of the pick hitting the string is being amplified through a mic (not the string vibration being amplified bu the actaul sound of the pick hitting the string etc).

maybe you could turn up your amp a little or try diffrent methods of holding the pic or using your fingers?
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I think this thread basically went in the wrong direction, some people understood what the TS meant. The sound he is talking about is not a clanky (which would be the strings hitting the frets) but what I call a ratchety sound (lamb of god style). I think someone touched on this, but the fact is that there is very little you can do since you are playing in the absolute most restricted part of of the string. You will never get the natural tone you gain from playing near the neck.

Get used to the metal sound if you play there a lot, I personally love the tone.
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Hello, I like to play near the bridge. I like how the strings are much firmer but, I don't like the clanky sound I get from playing close to the bridge. Is there a possible way to get rid of this clanky sound? Sorry if this question is a bit noobish. Any help is appreciated.


you may have a problem with your setup your action may be too low or try reducing your trebble settings
#28
I play almost exclusively by the bridge now. After owning a Stingray, i got into the habit. Now i dont own a Stingray i cant shake the habit. I love the tone down by the bridge, its bright and punchy. You can roll off some high and mid, and up the low a bit. Depending on your bass, you can change the ratio of bridge/neck pickup. I love the sound i get when i solo the neck pickup and play by the bridge.
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I love the pick tone I get near the bridge with my neck pickup favored from my Warwick - almost like a Ric. On my Jazz, not so much. I find on either bass playing with fingers near the bridge doesn't give me the 'oomph' compared to playing near the neck, or having both pickups on/favouring the bridge when playing at the bridge.
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I have always found it much easier playing by the bridge especially on Jazz Basses. The attack is a lot more present and you get this almost melodic-growl sound out of the Jazz Bass atleast in my experience. I don't know if this post holds any rellevance but thats my $.02
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Hello, I like to play near the bridge. I like how the strings are much firmer but, I don't like the clanky sound I get from playing close to the bridge. Is there a possible way to get rid of this clanky sound? Sorry if this question is a bit noobish. Any help is appreciated.

I know this thread is a couple days old, but I know exactly what he's talking about. It's just a sound you get when you play too close to the bridge. You can compromise by moving a couple inches toward the fretboard to keep your tone, and most of the firm feel. If it's too much of a compromise in feel, try some heavier strings. This should fix your problem.
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only advice i have..play higher :\ or turn ur tone down..but even then u still get that sound..i used to have the same problem. i fixed it thought. i learned to rest my wrist on the body about 4-5 inches above the bridge...sounds much better now.
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