new guy .. action question..

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Afishionado, Feb 7, 2014.


  1. Afishionado

    Afishionado

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    hey yall.. im relatively new at playing bass.. long story short, i picked up another one today and the action was way too low causing a buzz.. i raised it up about as far as you can go with it, but the strings are way closer to the fretboard by the nut than they are at the bottom of the fretboard.. is this normal or does it require a truss rod adjustment? sorry if this is a noobish question.. thanks!
  2. audioglenn

    audioglenn Gold Supporting Member

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    The truss rod would be the first thing I would check. It sounds like there may be too much relief in the neck. If that is the case, the truss rod will need to be turned clockwise to straighten the neck.
  3. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    Yes, this is normal. Your methodology for addressing the buzz is not.

    Riis
  4. pfox14

    pfox14

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    My recommendation is to raise the action a little at a time and test it out to see if the buzz goes away. If not, then raise a little more. You don't start out by raising it all the way.
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