String buzz

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by mldavis, Jan 6, 2014.


  1. mldavis

    mldavis

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    Hi guys,

    I recently bought a MIM 70s Fender Jazz bass second hand, which I've recently set up, but when playing certain notes, I get a bit of string buzz.

    I'm pretty new to the bass, so this may well be normal, but thought I'd post for your guys' advice.

    The neck relief is as it should be, and the neck is nice and straight, and the strings on it are 45-105 Ernie Balls, and the the action is 2.8mm on bass, and 2.4mm on the treble side at the 17th.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Alexio58

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    It's how much you mind it, if the notes are correcctly intonated thought the buzz, it's allowed. If you want no buzz at all you should raise the action or play softer.
  3. pfox14

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    Your setup certainly sounds like it's correct. Is the buzz noticeable when amplified? Sometimes the buzz you hear unplugged goes away when amplified.
  4. mldavis

    mldavis

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    It's not noticable when it's plugged into the amp. It's most probably me just being fussy!

    Would a lower guage string help do you think?
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  6. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    Please clarify: is the neck (fretboard) straight or is there some relief and, if so, how much?

    Riis
  7. mldavis

    mldavis

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    Yes the neck is straight, with approx 0.35mm of relief.
  8. pfox14

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    An awful lot of basses buzz when unplugged. That's just par for the course. If it disappears when amplified, then I wouldn't worry about it.
  9. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

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    The numbers look right, anyway.

    Riis
  10. mldavis

    mldavis

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    Thanks guys for the advice.

    Think it's just me being over-critical. It's plays great and it can't be noticed when plugged in so not too bothered. Just wanted to know if this was the norm for basses as I've been played guitar for a good few years and only been playing bass around 6 months.

    Thanks
    Martin

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