Bass sounds out of tune on certain frets.
I am having a very confusing problem with my bass. I am not sure if I was having this problem yesterday but I don't think I was (might just not have tried those same notes though). Whenever I play an open note on the E string and a fretted note on the 8th 9th or 10th fret of the A string it wobbles and sounds out of tune. Also happens with the other strings on the same frets when playing an open note on the string above them. I was going to have it setup but as Guitar Center is the only store near me anymore I couldn't afford it. Please help me out here. :help:
Check your intonation, truss rod and action. When your bass is setup correctly you should be able to play the same note on a different fret of the same string and they should both read almost exactly the same on your tuner. You can probably google for instructions on how to adjust the things I mentioned for your specific bass. I found a great guide a while back that shows how to setup my Music Man Sterling. I'm sure they make one for your bass somewhere too.
Well, 8th fret on the A string is an F over an E, I'm not sure intonation is going to help much there, the F# and the G should sound OK though, considering the are more than an octave apart. What does the 7th octave or 14th fret a fifth sound like? if the intonation is out of whack then the octave should sound out of whack too. Tune up first of course :)
Maybe just your amplifier or room acoustics? Try with headphones or just acoustically.
After checking up the intonation, lower the pickups a bit and check if the stringing method You use produces an unwanted twist onto the string.
Especially a twist that opens the top winding tends to cause all kinds of weird behaviour.
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