Basses you've played with very little fret buzz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Discharge, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. Discharge


    Nov 25, 2006
    I've noticed that some basses are far worse than others, I know setup/technique is a big part of it but some makes seem to suffer from it more than others.

    I don't want to bash any brands, I wanted to know which basses you've owned which are the best?

    For me: Sandberg JM4 California and Modulus VJ4
  2. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Somewhere Far Beyond
    Uncompensated: Kalium Strings, Fractal Audio, Dingwall basses
    IMO, this is *entirely* setup and technique, outside of a lemon that warps beyond what a setup can fix, or poorly finished fretwork.
  3. Discharge


    Nov 25, 2006
    Im not so sure, i'll post some vids tomorrow when I get chance of pros playing with fret buzz.
  4. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    Some people are more accepting of fret buzz.
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  6. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Somewhere Far Beyond
    Uncompensated: Kalium Strings, Fractal Audio, Dingwall basses
    Never said, not intended to imply that it's always a bad thing. Some people do seek it out, and if so, there's techniques and setups that can achieve that for you, again I feel on most any bass.
  7. Guinness20


    Jan 24, 2013
    Liverpool, UK
    OR... just by these. They're pretty decent.

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  8. bassmachine2112


    Mar 23, 2008
    Aria made in Japan,Peavey made in USA,crafted in USA.
    Properly set up Rickenbacker comes close.
    I can set them so low that I can hardly play them,got them set at 3 mm at 12th fret strings not held down,suppose that,s quiet high but I like it about there.
  9. I've had to lower the action on my fender and musicman basses below spec because i needed more fret buzz.
  10. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV

    That said, there are quality differences among brands/builders. But even inexpensive basses can be set up well, and even expensive basses can be set up badly.
  11. gleneg61


    Jan 10, 2008
    My ibanez 505 & 506, Warwick Thumb b/o 5 & dinky Jazz with an Eden neck have insanely mega low action, just the way I like it, n almost no buzzes anywhere. I do play with a very light touch tho, a la Gary Willis but slapping a bit hard can produce more buzz. Great necks on these basses so no GAS for me.
  12. Wallace320


    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Billy Sheehan's beasts can hold pretty low action with close to none fretbuzz, even if slammin' down strings like a hammer

    I'm no him, but I jealously keep my Attitudes home for I'm a real hardhitter, yet they're so forgivin' with my thunder touch

  13. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains


    I like a little buzz so I dial it in on most on my basses, but it's just as easy to dial it out and still have low action.
  14. pedroims

    pedroims Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2007
    I have owned around 40 basses from a cheap Yamaha that I paid $90 to Sadowsky NYC. I have been able to set up all of them ( G 1/16, E 3/32) without fret buzz.

    You need to set up your basses according to your technique, you need to know what is the action that your fretting hand likes the best and adjust your plucking hand to that. I see it as a balance between fretting hand, plucking hand and string tension.
  15. BrandonBass


    May 29, 2006
    If u are talking about as low as possible without fret buzz its gotta be EBMM.

    NONE of my fenders can get as low of an action as my stingrays without buzz. And trust me, I have owned more than afew fenders.
  16. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    I don't know why one would want to play a fretted bass without hearing the frets but that's just me. Fretless basses have very little fret buzz. ;)
  17. Wallace320


    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    and with action close to absolute zero if adoptin' hard flats;)

  18. alembicguy

    alembicguy Lone Wolf Miner Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007

  19. I have a $90 bass, a $900 bass and a $1900 bass. All have low action and no fret buzz.

    A proper setup and fret dress are all it takes. It's not rocket science...but it is geometry. Unless the neck is broken a bass should be able, with a setup, to play as well as you would like.
  20. Old Fart

    Old Fart

    Mar 11, 2011
    Don't assume that pros use basses that are perfectly set up. Some do. Some don't. Seriously. Some don't care all that much, unless the action is terrible. Unskilled bassists need low action (arguably) more than skilled ones.
  21. Dredmahawkus

    Dredmahawkus Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2012
    You can play much faster with low action. Any bass can achieve low action as long as the frets are level and the neck is straight.