Squier VM Jazz Fret Buzz at 9th fret, D string
I have been the proud owner of a Squier VM Jazz Bass for quite some time now. The only issue I seem to have is the action cannot go down low as much as I would like it to; but for the time being it's at a passable height for now. However, there is one spot on the neck, specifically the 9th fret on the D string that buzzes incessantly. No matter how gingerly I play, that one spot buzzes. Its not the type of buzz where you initially hear the note, then the buzz after, but just straight out buzzing. I have checked every other spot on my bass, that's the only point with a problem. Is this a so called "dead spot"? Will bringing it to a guitar tech/luthier for fret leveling help? How much will that cost?
I'm assuming it's buzzing when you're fretting at the 9th fret. The 9th fret might be too low, or a higher fret (e.g.10th) is too high. A fret-rocker might help you find the problem -- try using a credit card (or something with a straight edge that spans 3 frets). There are videos on YouTube -- try searching on fret leveling.
I can't speak to a luthier's cost, as I level my own frets. It isn't too difficult, but you want to learn on an inexpensive bass, not your main instrument.
I should add...I talk about my experiences with fret leveling in this blog post, if you are interested:
I'm going to post this in setup, but I recently discovered a CHEAP way to get a good set of fret rockers...
Allen Wrenches... They have a good flat edge and come in different lengths to accomodate all the frets.
No more than I do fret work, this is a very effective/economical solution (especially since I already had the Allens).
All the best,
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