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Posted by Fred B. Stewart (220.127.116.11) on December 25, 2002 at 13:59:48:
Hello Bass Players,
I keep seeing some of the same questions come up, so I thought I might help with a perspective on some things regarding some situations on the subject. First, not all strings are perfect even when new. They can be old or have an internal binding action due to the interaction between the strings core and the outer wrap. Second, sometimes the alloy metals are inconsistent in quality, it's a lowest bidder situation, and human error in manufacturing can pass inspection on defective strings. The chances are good that if your not getting the results you want or the string sounds muted, it may be corrected with a good string. What's good? The recent comments are that the LaBella strings are excellent, yes they are more expensive and not so readily available at every store, but if a few players pool together they can buy a dozen online. Third, strange whistling noises are overtones, possibly the 7th, 11th, or 14th. Try a lighter or heavier string as this will change the string tension and effect the overtone possibly out of the design of your bass. Good luck and have fun!
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