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"G" string sounds dead?
jimbro13x00
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esp ltd
drop B tuning
beefy slinky strings

im sure its an easy fix...

my "G" string always sounds out of tune. not really out if tune, just dead. it sounds really crappy
i just changed my strings today (slinkys), and you know how fresh it feels when you play a newly stringed guitar? well every string except that one string sounded great. it just sounds dead. what could be the problem?

ALSO

everything past the 10th fret on the low "E" string sounds really dull, clanky, dead. I just dont know what needs to be adjusted! :p



Post Date: 3/31/2010 @ 2:27 am
RE: "G" string sounds dead?
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Welcome to G-Net!

Do you have any buzzing once you get past the 10th fret or does it just sound dead?

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Post Date: 3/31/2010 @ 8:00 am

RE: "G" string sounds dead?
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What kind of bridge do you have on that guitar?

The problem with the E string is a symptom that you can get when you have too much relief in the neck and then set the bridge too low, but I'd be surprised to have it only on one string, unless you have individually adjustable saddles. But I suppose it's possible depending on how the bridge is set.

Also, with drop B tuning, to make that work you'd need a lot heavier string for the low B, and if you didn't make adjustments to your nut and maybe bridge saddles you could well end up with some funny effects on that string.

There are a bunch of things that can make a particular string sound dead---again, nut and bridge dressing are the most likely candidates. Also, if they're new strings, it might just be a dud string. They're rare but sometimes you get one.

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Post Date: 3/31/2010 @ 9:32 am

RE: "G" string sounds dead?
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Do you have a floating trem system? and if so what does your bridge look like when you tune that low? You definately have to set your guitar up to play lower tuning like that but also it's gonna sound deader the lower you go. Cannabal corpse plays in G# and I saw them on a DVD explaining that they have to alter thier guitars by filing the saddles and adding screws or something to springs just so they dont get spaghetti strings.

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Post Date: 4/8/2010 @ 9:37 am

RE: "G" string sounds dead?
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Also, IF you're not adjusting your intonation to play that low it could be that one string needs to be adjusted more than the others might giving you the dead sound.

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Post Date: 4/8/2010 @ 9:40 am

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