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Re: Restringing for dumbs (I need help)

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Posted by Vando ( on September 12, 2003 at 12:17:15:

In Reply to: Restringing for dumbs (I need help) posted by marsellus on September 08, 2003 at 17:22:38:

If you prefer a "less bright" tone, you could try flatwound or half-wound strings. Roundwounds are notoriously bright, especially when new. My guess is you have a passive bass if it's sounding "metallic." A bit of EQ will also help this along (you could try rolling off a bit of the treble on the "tone" knob of your bass, but you'll get more success from an active EQ system). If you're not ready to replace the strings right away, try working with the EQ on your amp and see where that gets you. Try not to think about what you're doing with your 'Q settings, just listen. I have one friend who would instinctively set his 10-band EQ into a "V" pattern without ever listening... and it wasn't until he retired that amp and got one with a standard three band that he really got it. Tone is an ever-evolving process, kind of like chess. A few minutes to learn, a lifetime to master.

: Hey fellas,
: well, it’s about time for this beginner to replace strings for the first time! So right now I have removed and changed the E string. The problem is that it sounds way too “metallic” (the tuning it’s ok, I checked with an electronic tuner). Is it just a matter of time that it moves back too a damper sound? First I didn’t dare to cut a lot of string, is it possible that this is the cause, having more “thinner string”? Tomorrow morning I’ll cut an extra inch or so.
: Also, that black plastic thingie(protection?) that goes on the sides (you know what I mean) :) Should I remove it or it will come off with use?
: Thanks for helping, good luck in life and in playing chords :)

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