low action on a Jazz Bass
I've recently started doing setups on my instruments. Fender's recommended action is high for my taste but their guidelines have been very helpful. My Jazz Bass has fairly low action at the nut with just a hint of relief, but I'm unable to get it super low at the top of the neck without buzzing. The neck is straight with no apparent hump at the neck joint, and the buzzing occcurs in the middle of the neck, especially on the E and A strings.
So I brought the bass to a well-known tech here in Boston. He said the frets and truss rod are fine. He tweaked the nut a bit but said he can't get the action any lower either. . . According to him the buzzing is a common Jazz Bass phenomenon. He suggested trying different string brands and gauges but couldn't give me a good explanation for the reasons why. Does this jive with other people's experiences? I've never had a tech tell me something like this without giving a comprehensible explanation why.
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