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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / String issues...

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Nov 7th, 2018 03:16 PM   Edit   Profile  

edmonstg's B-string thread got me stewing (again) about an annoyance I've been fighting for awhile, centered on the "G" string rather than the "E".

I use D'Addario ECB 81M Chromes (45-65-80-100) on my SS Guilds. I'd like to go heavier across the board in the hope of achieving more balanced tonal response because I often have trouble dialing in the "G".

When the lower 3 strings are EQ-ed to my liking, the "G" sounds comparatively brassier and too trebley: not an ideal "match", if you will. But if I EQ for the "G", the lower 3 start losing punch and definition, so I end up with a compromise.

I've twiddled extensively with my amp EQ section, my pedalboard pre-amp, pole piece height, gain levels etc. and keep feeling like I'm still having to "settle" (kind of like my wife did when she was searching for a mate).

I've looked at ECB 82 Chromes (50-70-85-105) but they are long-scale only. Despite the fact that the Guilds are short-scale, Medium-scale Chromes actually fit them better because of the extra distance between the ball-end anchor points and the bridge saddles on the Guild "harp" bridges. 34" of wound length is ideal, and puts start of the taper at the other end right between the nut and the tuner posts.

Unfortunately, the advertised, wound, (ball-end-to-taper) length of D'Addario's long-scale sets is 37.1", which puts the flat-wound, un-tapered windings wrapping around the "E" and "G" tuner posts, making those strings more susceptible to breakage.

I like the feel and generally the sound of Chromes and they don't react to the chemistry of my sweat. Other flats I've tried do, making them feel "sticky".

Maybe I'm obsessive/compulsive.

Maybe the world isn't a perfect place.

OK, OK: I'll stop whining now and go pout...

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Nov 7th, 2018 04:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

Interesting...you know what they say: sometimes, when you verbalize a problem, a new, possible solution appears.

Awhile back, I replaced the rosewood bridge saddles on the Starfire II in question with brass ones. Because I changed some other aspects of my rig at about the same time, I didn't correlate the saddle change with the issue described above, maybe because it wasn't a really severe problem but was one that begins to grate on you over time.

Then, while I was cataloging (above) the stuff I had tried in search of a solution, the brass saddles suddenly snapped into focus: "oh, yeah...what about THOSE?"

So just for giggles, I replaced only the brass "G" saddle with the original rosewood one and then dropped the "G" pole piece just slightly. That really seemed to bring the strings into better tonal balance, just enough to take the "harsh", offending "edge" off the "G".

I'll be damned. Write it off as the power of self suggestion if you want, but I'm goin' with it.

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Nov 8th, 2018 02:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Glad to hear you resolved the problem

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