weird buzz on 7th fret G string on MIA Fender P Bass

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  1. carlo3874

    carlo3874

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    Hello,

    I have a small annoying problem with my Fender P bass. Whenever I play the 7th frets on the E & G strings together on my P bass there's a ringing buzz. I like uber low action and there's no buzzing at all on my bass. It bugs me because I like to play tenths up & down the neck. Is this a dead note?

    I'm tempted to swap out the Fender neck for a Warmoth neck. I took it to a repair shop. They made a truss rod adjustment and the buzz was gone but the action was too high for my liking. I had a warmoth neck on a strat and never had to adjust the neck after it was installed.

    Any suggestion will be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks!
  2. Lank Thompson

    Lank Thompson Supporting Member

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    I had the same issue.
    I believe they refer to that sound as a "wolf tone".
    I had the same issue on a number of basses including Fenders, Rick's and a Mike Lull.
    What cured it for me was top-loading the strings.
    I currently own a Precision Select which is my all time favorite bass.
    I don't string it through the body anymore, but rather top load the strings.
    It sounds amazing and absolutely no dead spots, sympathetic vibrates whatsoever.
    If you are top-loading the strings already I'd suggest lowering the pickup height.
  3. elBandito

    elBandito

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    7th fret g string sounds like a deadspot issue. Try not to think about it too much.
  4. carlo3874

    carlo3874

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    Thanks for the tip Lank!

    Top loading the strings got rid of the buzz.
  5. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

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    I know wolftones as the overtones you get with a <37" B string being fretted up the neck.

    Sounds like a dead spot to me, if the issue only happens when playing chords, sounds more like a technique issue. Does the issue persist when only playing one of the problem notes of the double stop?

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