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PostSubject: Bass goes Sharp after playing   Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:41 am

I thought I would start a thread here about my project Blueshawk bass that goes sharp after playing it.





I will see about filing the nut slkots a little wider, to see if that helps.
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PostSubject: Re: Bass goes Sharp after playing   Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:42 am

You would think the trem would cause the strings to detune not go sharp. Kind of odd.
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PostSubject: Re: Bass goes Sharp after playing   Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:12 pm

Actually BD, this is why I can say for certain that what is happening is that your strings are binding up somewhere, and it's probably happening at the nut. The strings get caught, and they go sharp.

Again, try opening the nut slots with a small file, and then color in the slots with a pencil. This might cure the problem, and let us know if it doesn't.

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PostSubject: Re: Bass goes Sharp after playing   Mon Apr 06, 2009 1:54 pm

I will give it a go this weekend. I have some small jeweler files.
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PostSubject: Re: Bass goes Sharp after playing   Mon Apr 06, 2009 4:00 pm

yeah ... like eric said ... with the pencil. opening up the nut grooves will help, but putting the pencil lead on it will make it super smooth where the string has contact.

thanx eric ... the pencil works great for me!

i've also tried chapstick ... it breaks down under the pressure and friction and lithium grease ... it works good but its messy. just a dab ll do ya.
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PostSubject: Re: Bass goes Sharp after playing   Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:56 pm

Lithium grease does sound like a good idea in the nut slots.
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PostSubject: Re: Bass goes Sharp after playing   Mon Apr 06, 2009 8:59 pm

What kind of dog is that next to the bass?
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PostSubject: Re: Bass goes Sharp after playing   Tue Apr 07, 2009 3:10 am

An African Basenji, the barkless dog - the only domestic dog that is incapable of barking

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PostSubject: Re: Bass goes Sharp after playing   Wed Apr 08, 2009 4:59 pm

You're welcome, MadMike! Just don't try to use the pencil lead to soothe chapped lips! Laughing

I used to use 3-in-1 oil, then I went to some spin-off brand. It worked OK, but I didn't like how the oil would drip all over the place. It wasn't until many years had passed that I learned about the pencil lead trick.

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PostSubject: Re: Bass goes Sharp after playing   Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:03 pm

Hah! Dude--I hear lithium grease is the best kind of lip blam!
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PostSubject: Re: Bass goes Sharp after playing   Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:07 pm

Blam? scratch

Is that anything like balm? Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Bass goes Sharp after playing   Wed Apr 08, 2009 5:10 pm

Oh yeah, dude! I always use C-4 when my lips are chapped. It's "Lip BLAM!!!"
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