Rattle in bridge, acoustic bass

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by project_c, Jan 22, 2014.


  1. project_c

    project_c

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    I just bought an acoustic bass for very little money, and it's great except there's a rattling sound by the bridge at the E string, which makes it sound distorted when going thru an amp. If I press down on the E string, it kind of goes away. Any idea if this is a string issue or a bridge issue? (The strings on it are approximately 800 years old, but they sound awesome.)
  2. lz4005

    lz4005

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    Does the rattle go away when you press down on the bridge saddle close to the E string?
  3. project_c

    project_c

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    it seems to, yes. I've loosened the string and gave it a little clean under there, and it's a bit better now, although it still rattles if I dig in, and still only on the E string.
  4. lz4005

    lz4005

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    My first suspicion would be that the bridge saddle isn't quite perfectly flat on the bottom so it isn't making good contact on the E side. Either that or the bridge isn't connected securely on that side.
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  6. project_c

    project_c

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    that sounds like it might be worth dropping it in for a quick setup and repair. Thanks for your input!

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