What is the best way to address this ..

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Sav'nBass, Feb 4, 2014.


  1. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass Supporting Member

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    I bought this bass a few months back and I didn't really notice this until I changed the strings.. I now get a horrible buzz and it is almost impossible to get the action the way I want to. What would be the best way to address this and how much do you think it would cost me to fix?
  2. kgp311

    kgp311

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    Probaby should just take it to a trusted luthier and have that zero fret replaced.
  3. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass Supporting Member

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    How much do you think that might cost?
  4. kgp311

    kgp311

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    A complete fret job would run about $300. Considering that all you need is one fret replaced, it probably won't cost more that 50 bucks for the labor.
  5. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

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    Yup, you have some pretty good divots on the A&E strings. It's worth replacing the Zero fret.
  6. lz4005

    lz4005

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    If you have buzz on open notes it's the zero fret. Buzz on fretted notes is something else.
  7. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass Supporting Member

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    Thanks guys for all the advice ... I took it to Metro Guitar Service this afternoon. This guy does great work in the DMV .. based in Arlington Va.
  8. Sav'nBass

    Sav'nBass Supporting Member

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    Got this back on Thursday.. The tech there wound up having to file down a fret in addition to replacing the zero fret.. but the bass is much better now..

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