Dull, dead-sounding new string (.056)- a dud?

Discussion in 'Luthier's Guitar & Bass Technical Discussion' started by guitguy28, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. guitguy28

    guitguy28 Member

    Jul 3, 2004
    I recently restrung my Strat. I bought each string individually because I mix up the gauges according to my preference.

    Anyway the low E was a .056. Compared to the other strings (the guitar is tuned to standard) it sounds dull and lifeless and totally lacking in sustain.

    Is this a problem with the heavier gauges, that it would sound different?

    Or could it be because perhaps it had been sitting around for a very long time, maybe in the owner's shop for many years?

    Or could it just be a dud string or something?
  2. mc5nrg

    mc5nrg Member

    Mar 15, 2004
    DC, Philly, Asquared, Upper Michigan
    Have you used this gauge string before w/no problems?Is it sitting properly in the nut slot?Same brand and type of string as the other strings?If its not a nut issue could just be a bum string.
  3. The Golden Boy

    The Golden Boy Member

    Aug 5, 2005
    I'd lay dollars to doughnuts you got a dead string. I'd heard of dead strings, but as often as I broke A and D strings and as often as I changed strings on my guitars and on my basses- I had never run into a bad string in 25 years. Some dead out of the package, but not a "bad string." One day last year I got a string that wouldn't intonate for anything. I was tearing my hair out- and it turned out to be a bad string.
  4. Chiba

    Chiba Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2002
    State of Denial
    It happens. I bought several packs of bass strings from a local shop a few months back that all had bad A strings in them - the sounded fine but lasted less than 2 hrs of playing time before breaking.

  5. Killa-B

    Killa-B Member

    Jul 13, 2005
    Razorback Country
    If you bought singles and put them together to make your set, you could have bought a cheap brand of string or just a different brand for that big E.

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