low e string is "donK"-ey , can a thicker neck remedy?

tsmspace

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No,, my neck is not warmoth. actually,, it's a Big Lou. Yes, my neck is awesome,, but not only on this guitar, on it's all of them,, :::

so, when I play the high strings, it's nice and chirpy. I play clean, and no gain, and actually, I'm playing through a mic-in on a block-rocker right now. Anyway, the way that you can get that really nice harmonic ring once you start plucking just so, that the notes are so nice , ,

well, it's easy on the high strings, and particularly up the neck on the low e string, the big clunky string just stands out so much, , like "donk". I just finished the warmoth videos about neck shape and tone, and I know others might think less of the variation, but I think MORE of it. In fact, I'm so bent on the tonal effects of the wood and shape and such. I wonder if a thicker neck with more wood all up and down the course of the strings would help "de-donk-ify" the low e-string??

it's like ,, chirp chirp chirp  donk. 

I do know that it has been suggested to me before to use lighter guage strings,,, but then, , , I like my strings. I want what the larger strings offer a lot of the time to just get rid of them over one donky song. I play green slinky pack 10's on the guitar right now,,, although I will really use any strings and especially at smaller "local" shops the selection can leave you with d'addarios or some other strings, I don't care, but I seem to always want at least 10's, and am more willing to play 11's than 9's. Not that I will NEVER play smaller strings,,, just that if a thicker neck will be the medicine, then I would prefer to go that route. AND,, since the string is different for being larger,, AND since larger instruments don't always donk despite their hugeness, I can't help but wonder if a thicker neck would sort of minimize that "differentsoundingness" of the largest string.

Another problem with switching to 9's , is that it produces a similar problem, where there is just some other thing that doesn't sound as good, even if they chirp more easily, and sustain evenly on smaller plucks. I mean, I still want my full sound,, and since I"m not on a stage cutting through a mix, I actually WANT to produce the broader spectrum a LOT, its my bedroom, so I don't want to lose my full bass and round sound, the bass string WILL ring nicely, just particularly up at 12 it seems it's too short or something I don't know,, it's that goofy sound that they all make there. the "doo" like sound of the upper frets magnifies the "donk" effect of the large string.
 

Rick

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Hard to tell from the description can you post a sample to sound cloud?
 

tsmspace

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rick2 said:
Hard to tell from the description can you post a sample to sound cloud?

i can try to post some sound of some kind,,, maybe not right away.

it may also be the string height. maybe the e just needs more room. i can't raise it any higher at the bridge. maybe i should try that.
 

stratamania

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It sounds like a dead spot but also as just suggested if it is a Strat type or similar if the pickup is too high on the bass side and you press down on a higher fret you can get unexpected results.
 
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