tubby ted, on Jun 2 2008, 09:08 PM, said:
I have a bass question. How do you get rid of that annoying rattling sound the strings sometimes make? What causes it? Is it the Bass? Strings? My techique?
(sorry to all for the double post, but i didnt notice his question until after my first post so...)
i dont play bass, but im good at fixing things, and i have had friends teach me about whats wrong with their setup so i can fix it...so...ill give it a shot...
theres a few possibilities here so...
1: check to make sure all of the strings are properly placed in the nut, sometimes, especialy on a bass, the strings will not fall all the way into the nut, and cause rattleing, if this is the case, just tune doen the string(s) low enough to move them aside, and gently file out some of the walls of the nut...afterwards, make sure, it it very clean and there are no edged that could possibly break the string, or unwind the nickle binding, then place the string back into the nut, and retune
2: your string has jumped off the saddle, that fix sould be obvious...detune, throw her back, and retune
3 and 4: this one gets a little tricky because you asked if it could be your technique, and fixing problem 3 would possibly contour to your fretting technique, but alter your fingering technique (lord help me, at the inuendo's spread thruout these last two posts...) but fixing problem 4 could partial be solved by fixing 3, but also can give you finger pains on your fretting hand....so here we go...the problem....is your action....and not your stage persona, i mean how far do your strings sit off the fret board...if they look like a scale model of the Mackinaw Bridge then you might want to bring em down a tad so you dont have to push so hard, as your issue may be, that there is not enough pressure applied to hold out the not properly...if your pushing with all your might, and the only thing your doing is changeing the pitch of the not, but still getting that rattle, crank the action up a bit.......but before you go messing with action....do this...
the easy way to know if your action is too high, or too low, is to hit the highest note you can hit, on the low E...if it's really hard...your action is too high...if its easy, go down a few....now when you do this, its important that your looking at the neck/body connection area very closely, and from the side (like the angle you see when you look down while playing) if you go down 4 or 5 frets, and you start rattleing, you should be able to see the string touching the other fret bars...in this case, your action is too low...and if neither of these is the case you can go to your local guitar shop, or gunshops that work with pistols have these to...to improve accuracy, and handleing...anyways, go pick up a finger excercizer...their usualy yello, or blue, and the bottom fits in your hand while the top is sectioned into 4, springed parts(you can figure out the rest)
and just a reminder, if you do have to adjust your action, be sure to detune alot first, and when your done, make sure its perfectly level
hope all that helped!
This post has been edited by Rattlesnake: 02 June 2008 - 10:21 PM