Acoustic Bass Buzzes!

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by uvlt, Dec 30, 2012.


  1. uvlt

    uvlt

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    Hallo!
    For a year now, I own an AEB8E-BK Ibanez acoustic bass, and decided to change the old strings (they first came with the bass, as i bought it). I bought a Thomastik AB344 set of strings... The sound is what i really like, except one big problem. The E string buzzes, (not on the fret...), on the hole length regardless the note i play. The sound seems to come from the string itself or from the body of the instrument. I cannot be sure. I checked everything, inside and outside the bass, with no luck. Checked the neck if it was not straight, e.t.c. Nothing... I used back my old E string, and no buzz at all.. The sound i hear is recorded in the file I uploaded. You can hear the buzz sound from E, and no buzz from A,D,G strings.
    Any ideas?
    Thanks
    Nikos
     
  2. Slowgypsy

    Slowgypsy 4 Fretless Strings Supporting Member

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    Sounds like the buzz is coming from the E string ball rattling inside. This would be caused by the ball not firmly seated against the bridge pin.
     
  3. uvlt

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    Thanks for the reply, i'll check it tomorrow....
     
  4. uvlt

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    I think you are right, the ball was a little loose... But trying to fix it, i just destroied the string :( . I over-tented it turning the ball to stabilize it (wrong method!). Now i'm waiting for the reply of the Thomastik company... Any way, thanks again.
     
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    Slowgypsy 4 Fretless Strings Supporting Member

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  7. uvlt

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    Thanks again...
     
  8. 202dy

    202dy Supporting Member

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    The ball end is to be firmly seated against the bridge plate. When correctly installed, the pin is inserted merely for security.
     
  9. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    If you destroyed the string, the replacement is up to you, not the manufacturer.
     
  10. uvlt

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    The replacement is up to me of course (i cannot play with a 3-string bass!). The initial problem is manufacturers fault (specially for a string that costs 20 euros...), as the ball was firmly seated, the wire around the ball was a little loose, and that is what i tried to fix, turning it... But of course, i didn't sent it back before i try to fix it myself, so i have already paid for a new one... I'm waiting Thomastik's answer just curious to see what the 'll say to me..
     

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