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Buzzing sound on one note (Fret Buzz?)

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by AcidBogey, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. AcidBogey

    AcidBogey

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    Hi all, this is my first post on talkbass so forgive me if I've done anything wrong.

    I recently bought a Stagg EDB as my first double bass (I've been playing EB for years), and I have to say I'm really enjoying attempting to play this thing.

    However, I've noticed that I'm getting a horrible buzzing sound on the first B note of the A string. I've gone up the neck playing every note and this is the only spot this happens. As a double bass doesn't have frets I was wondering if this is still called fret buzz?

    I start my lessons at the end of next week so I'll ask my teacher about the problem then, but until then does anyone have any advice/solutions on what is causing this problem and if there's any way I can fix it?

    Thanks a bunch x
  2. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC Supporting Member

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    I'm assuming the buzzing is on the fingerboard and not in the body of the bass. Yes? If it's in the bass, then playing the same note on the D string will likely excite it.

    Most likely, the fingerboard has not been planed and dressed well. There is a very slight camber that is planed into the fingerboard of a DB to allow the strings to vibrate without buzzing against it. Assuming the same or a similar procedure is done on the EDB, either the planing needs to be tweaked and/or the strings are too low to the board. What are your string heights (measured from the bottom of the string to the fingerboard at the bridge-end of the board)?

    Check out this instructive thread.
  3. pfox14

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    I don't understand. How could it be fret buzz on a double-bass. Did I miss something?
  4. AcidBogey

    AcidBogey

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    Thanks for the reply. The buzzing happens at the fret so it sounds like what you said about the fretboard not being dressed well.
    The string height is around 1 - 1.5cm at the very end of the fingerboard
  5. RSBBass

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    pfox14, it is not fret buzz but buzzing on a slight bump in the fingerboard that is being discussed.
  6. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC Supporting Member

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    As I understand it, there are no frets and this is not really what I'd call a double-bass. Do they even dress the fingerboards of these things?


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  7. DoubleMIDI

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    I have two Staggs, one of them has a well dressed fingerboard and the action could be adjusted rather low almost without buzzing, the other one needs a higher action to avoid buzzing. Playable but needs some training for the hands.

    The problem with the normal (non-RDL) Staggs is, that the fingerboard is painted with a thick layer. So dressing removes the paint and the lighter wood colour shows through.
    This is the main reason why I didn't want to dress the fingerboard of the second Stagg but keep the high action and use it in rough situations only.
    Therefor I recommend the RDL-Stagg with the rosewood fingerboard (if a Stagg is the instrument of choice). It is nicer to play than the standard model, I checked both models, one after the other, on Musikmesse Frankfurt a few years ago.

    Always check a Stagg with a lower action and if it buzzes, give it back and get a new one until you are satisfied (if possible). Also check the electronics, some instruments are noisy amplified.
  8. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Supporting Member

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    I've dressed the fingerboards of Stagg EUBs many times and, no, they don't have any frets! ;P

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