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Hi Sheldon. I just recently got an ABII, with the cocobolo top from a limited run of 12, and installed new Dingwall strings set. One thing puzzles me. I think it has nothing to do with bass itself, but with the strings. The tapered B (and tapered E to much smaller extent) is having strange rattling sound when played a bit more aggressively. After analyzing all the things, I am convinced it is the taper itself that causes it. Is very noticeable with Dingwall strings, less prominent with Kalium, and actually not heard at all with original strings I received the bass (very "dead" Kalium's I think). This rattling almost disappears but still heard when playing string fretted, but most heard on open string. It is not the nut profile or break angle for sure. I also had identical experience long time ago with Fender strings on another bass. First set rattled, but the next one did not (the set was identical, bought second one to confirm that the problem was in faulty bad quality taper).
What could be the solution? Only non-tapered strings? Would the bridge adjustment length be enough? Is there recomendation on which non-taper strings to use? I was thinking to try Ernie Balls. Or maybe you can advise something with Dingwall strings?
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Measure the string a couple inches from where you will be cutting it, then make a 90 degree bend in the string leaving a half inch or so. The bend "locks" the inner core wire so it won't loose grip and rattle. This is REALLY important with round wire cores
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Sorry for the belated reply. A couple of questions:
1. Did you raise the saddles to compensate for the taper lowering the effective height of the string?
2. Did you break in the angle over the saddles? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2i5OvdUe3rc&t=1s
- Make sure not to add too much break angle.
3. Does the string sound "fizzy" with very poor sustain? This is the sound of a loose winding and usually requires replacement.
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