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fret buzz when playing octave C's

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by vinnie6, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. vinnie6

    vinnie6

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    I have fret buzz when I play octave C's. 8th fret on the E string and 10th fret on the D string. The buzz occurs at the 7th fret on the E string. I was somewhat alarmed to discover this. So I went up and down the whole fingerboard to see if it happened with any other octaves and the answer is no. But I need this fixed because it is in a Bach piece I am working on and it is intolerable.

    Obviously this is a neck or fret issue and not a bridge issue. Before touching the truss rod, though, I thought I'd solicit some help here. Any advice from anyone is quite welcome. The bass in question is my MIJ Geddy Lee Fender Jazz. I have DR Fat Beams on it. They are one month old.
  2. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he looks Supporting Member

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    There is another thread about this topic: http://www.talkbass.com/forum/f18/diy-fretwork-630233/ In the second post there's a useful link. Taking some measurements reveals a lot about fretwork. If it isn't the fretwork, it might be caused by a little backbow of the neck.
  3. vinnie6

    vinnie6

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    I tried an experiment before doing anything radical. I put the original strings this bass came with, Fender 7250s, and tightened the truss rod a bit to get proper relief. These strings have more tension. Buzz gone!! This Geddy likes higher tension strings.

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