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Unread 07-27-2005, 08:38 AM   #1
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sustaining issues

i love my srx705. but its been giving me a lot of crap lately with sustaining-especially at gigs. the notes just die out too quickly. ive got d'addario xl 5's on there and they feel nice. (dont remember if they're nickel or steel) it was especially crappy while recording. do you have anything i can do to help this other than new strings/new setup?




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Unread 07-27-2005, 04:31 PM   #2
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Hm...

Are you getting any buzz? Because if you are, it may be choking out the note...
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Unread 07-27-2005, 11:25 PM   #3
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Is it on fretted notes? If so, try adjusting your truss rod(s)(...I don't remember if the SRX series has dual truss rods or not). You may just have a slight dead spot in the neck. Not a big thing to "fix," just takes a little time and such.
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Unread 07-28-2005, 12:51 AM   #4
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You might see if you can track down a Fat Finger. They're supposed to really help sustain.
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Unread 07-29-2005, 12:01 PM   #5
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You might see if you can track down a Fat Finger. They're supposed to really help sustain.
Do you know anyone who's actually used them? They've always seemed dubious to me.


If you are sure frets aren't choking you out, you will likely need new strings. Have you tried boiling? I'm a big believer in boiling strings on roundwounds - it works great. If you;'re interested, let me know, I'll post some instructions

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Unread 07-29-2005, 04:55 PM   #6
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If i remember right, Beav2K here on CGR has one on his modded Jazz.
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Do you know anyone who's actually used them? They've always seemed dubious to me.


If you are sure frets aren't choking you out, you will likely need new strings. Have you tried boiling? I'm a big believer in boiling strings on roundwounds - it works great. If you;'re interested, let me know, I'll post some instructions

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Boiling??? Sorry, i'm not really familiar with that...
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Unread 08-05-2005, 10:16 PM   #8
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From 101 Bass Tips by Gary Willis:
  1. Wind strings in a circle small enough to fit in the pan you are using
  2. Boil for 15 minutes
  3. Remove and dry with a paper towel
  4. Warp in foil and perforate with a fork
  5. Preheat oven to lowest temp possible, ~220
  6. Dry in oven for 15 minutes
  7. Remove and allow to cool
  8. Reinstall, and voila, that bright 'almost new' sound
I've done this many times, and it works well. The only complaint I have ever heard is that the strings may be a little weaker, so some people have said they tend to break them after boiling. But I just don't pull that hard. If you're pulling that hard, you probably won't play too much longer due to onset of carpal tunnel syndrome.

It's a great way to save money, and if Gary Willis does it, who can get probably get any strings he wants as endorsement/trial strings, then it's good enough for me.

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Boiling strings rocks when your broke! I've never cooked them in the oven though. I'm pretty sure Mr. Willis has no need for boiling strings as he's soley a fretless player


I wouldn't both with a Fat)Finger, personally. I picked one up on sale for $10 and found that the greatest thing about it is that it looks cool. On my OLP it actually hurt my sustain in some spots. If you need more sustain just do what Billy Sheehan would do and hang some vise grips from your headstock.
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Unread 08-06-2005, 07:36 PM   #10
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Use denatured alcohol over water. It'll actually work, instead of boiling just killing your strings (will help for maybe one day and then thats it)

On the other hand, not to try to make this a classifieds post, but...I have a pack or two of elixirs I could sell ya...

I'll shut up now...lol
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Actually it is having some problems on the fretted notes. When I attack (i don't really pull) it'll sometmes just stop after half a second. It really ticked me off in my gig last night. I was playin my new (but really old) Peavey Mark III head on my 4x10 and when i would hit an E on my b-string because it was just easier to play there, it would it would pump and die out immediately. It wasn't just on the E, but that's the only specific note I remember.
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When you say it goes dead, do you mean it fades out quickly or just stops?
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Maybe the pickups are too close to the string? If you have nice strong magnets in there, they could dampen the strings.

Or, maybe thats an old wife's tale
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Or, maybe thats an old wife's tale
No, it's quite true.
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It fades out very quickly. I don't know what pickups they are, but they are Ibanez's standards for that bass (SRX 705) and are uncovered poles.
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