my bass keep buzzing
I have an epihpone thunderbird bass guitar, and it keep buzzing when I play the first to the sixth fret in the E string
I send it to a shop, and months later it was buzzing, I play my bass a lot of times
what should I do? do I need to tigh an bolt or an screw?
As a quick guess I would say that the sixth fret is high if it goes a way at said fret. Take a short straight edge about four inches long and place it across the fifth, sixth, and seventh fret so that it follows the string path and it will rock if the fret is high. For that fret to be high could be a number of causes, it could have come loose and popped up. If that is the case it needs to be glued down and crowned. If it is just a high fret it needs to be crowned. In any case a good fret leveling and crowning is needed. With all the "How to's" on the internet and helpful people on this forum you should be able to solve the problem. And don't forget with the humidity you have in Florida the fret board will swell and cause havoc.
If it was fine for a while and "months later" it is buzzing, it probably needs a setup again. The setup changes with the seasons since the neck will move in accordance with the changes in relative humidity.
Here are a couple things you can try:
- Loosen the truss rod a little, starting with maybe 1/8 to 1/4 turn. It sounds like your neck may have developed a slight back-bow, causing the notes to fret out near the headstock.
- Sightly raise the E-string side of the three point bridge. If you're going to raise one side of the bridge, however, be sure to also slightly raise the front/center screw. It's important for bridges of this design to remain level front-to back.
Hope this helps! If you're not comfortable doing these things yourself, then find someone who is familiar with setting up Gibson/Epiphone basses to do it for you.
I agree it sounds like a high fret. What I would do is:
1) Check for high fret using a straight-edge tool.
2) If there's a high fret, have a tech correct it.
3) If no high fret, re-do the setup. (See stickies at the top of this forum.)
It probably just needs a setup, I would give it a proper setup before I started checking for raised frets. It probably just needs to have the truss rod loosened that is why it buzzes near the headstock (maybe tightened depending on how the truss adjusts).
+1 If it isn't a too high fret, then the neck may be too staight or even back-bowing. In that case loosen the trussrod a little to get a little relief and try again.
I have had to have the truss rod adjusted on my MM twice in the last 4 months just because of changes in the heat/humidity where I live. Even in an conditioned space the wood is affected. That may be the case with your bass.
If your tuners have screw in ferrules check those or the nuts that tighten them down. Just last week I replaced a set of tuners on a bass and I would hear a rattly sort of buzz on the D string at the 3, 4 and 5 frets. Turned out it was a slightly loose tuner nut and the vibration at those notes was such that is rattled the nut. Only noticed it on those three frets and had me pretty stumped for a while.
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