tuning up problems, Bad strings?

If I understand things correctly, when tuning a guitar with a tuner it's normal for the "Attack" to register as a little bit sharp, but settle in on the correct note quickly as it "Rings"

I changed the strings on my bass, looking to try for a different sound, and the E-string attack is so much sharper than the ring that the tuner almost flips over and tells me it's a flat "F"

On a possibly related note, the "G" string seems to be under much more tension than the rest of the strings.

Do I need to have a professional adjust the truss rod? did I just end up with a bum pack of strings?

The strings I'm having the issue with are "RotoSound" Nylon flatwound. don't know what the old ones were, my dad put them on like 15 years ago.

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First off, a tuner is not always the best way to tune your bass.

Second, check your strings carefully. You can mistakenly wind them to the wrong octave (too tight or too loose). A tuner will only tell you E, A, D, or G. It sounds like your G sting may be too tight by an octave or two. Also, your E string is too tight by an octave. Have you broken the new strings in?

Try getting the E string tuned with a pitch pipe and then tune the other strings from that one. You could also tune them all with a pitch pipe and use the tuner to keep it tuned after that.

Also, don't be too concerned about what the tuner reads. The sound is more important than what the tuner reads.

Happy tuning!!!!


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Other things to check are the bridge height; the strings may be striking the frets, and mind the quality of the strings. Cheap strings can cause issues. Don't be too quick to blame the strings, though.


This is for the people who stumble across this, looking for an answer. Upon reading Eric Viitala's answer, it is painfully obvious that he knows nothing about the vagaries of bass tuning, let alone bass playing in general. How the !&&* can you wind a string 2 octaves too high without breaking it? He says" Don't be too concerned what the tuner reads". What type of crap is this? The bass will need a complete setup to accommodate the new type of strings. Nylon covered flatwounds will naturally run sharp without proper intonation adjustments. You cannot just throw random strings on a bass without the need for adjustment. In all honesty, Eric should stick to fixing toasters as the information he has given here is totally erroneous




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