Originally Posted by Figjam
$60 for a bass setup is a rip off. It is worth learning how to do yourself. If it is buzzing on the higher frets, you need to tighten the truss rod. I would google it.
That's not really true. Buzzing on the higher frets with a loose truss rod doesn't mean the rod's too loose. If anything, it could signify high frets or super-low action.
The truss rod will only affect everything from the 1st fret to where the neck joins the body.
Put a capo on the 1st fret, or hold it down with 1 hand. Now, hold down the last fret with the other hand. You should have a business card width gap around the 6-7th fret. If it's larger, tighten the truss rod 1/4 turn & re-check. If it's smaller, loosen the rod 1/4 turn & re-check.
After you've done this, drop the strings down to the fretboard using the saddle height screws & play each string individually. Raise the saddles up until the buzzing goes away under normal play.
Congrats! You've done a basic setup on your bass.
We'll talk intonation later.