A string buzz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Shumph, Oct 3, 2001.

  1. Shumph


    Aug 25, 2001
    On the move
    What would make my a string vibrate when playing on the g string?

    It vibrates so strong it is playing through my amp.


  2. Ignus


    Jul 27, 2001
    Well.. Check your action on the string in question.. If it's lying too low, you will get some buzzing next the the first or second fret. You can also adjust the truss rod of your neck, but be careful.. You only want to adjust it a 1/4 turn at a time.

  3. well.. your neck / body vibrate's too.. and if the bass' natural resonance frequency is pretty similar to the A-440.. it might cause the string to be audible.. i believe it is called a " dead spot " (?)

    just mute it with your fingers while playing...
  4. Bass Guitar

    Bass Guitar Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2001
    If it's only the G-string, and happening on all the notes on that string, then it's "Fretbuzz". Deadspots only occur on certain notes on a string, and is less buzz and more flat dull note.

    Essentially, it sounds like a problem with the setup.

    The problems can be here:

    1) Nut - too low - add a shim
    2) Frets - some may be too high - needs to be filed down
    3) Bridge - string hitting part of bridge - adjust bridge
    4) Neck - too little relief - adjust truss rod

    Or a combination of the above causing the action to be too low, or unbalanced.

    If you're not sure how to fix this, see your local luthier for a setup. Or a friend who knows how to do setup.
  5. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Not enough tension on the string at the nut can also cause a buzz. Is your G string wound correctly (I know -- that sounds kinky ;))? If the headstock has a string tree, is the string seated underneath it properly?
  6. MJB


    Mar 17, 2000
    Well, if I'm reading the post correctly, he said his A string is vibrating when he plays the G string. The solution then is one of technique, you should mute strings you are not playing. Sympathetic string vibration is normal.
  7. Shumph


    Aug 25, 2001
    On the move
    Actually I think you are right. I have a new teacher and my left hand pos. has changed slightly, causing this to happen. I think this because it also occurs on my other bass. Chances are its me :)

    thanks for the help

  8. If plucking the G string and the A string vibrates, I think everybody has that problem. I think you simply have to change your right hand technique to slove that problem. Obviously it could also be your bass, but it could be your playing too.

    Try muting every unplucked string with all your other fingers.

    Since I've just bought a new digi cam, so I'm making full use of it to take pic of my way of eliminating that problem with my right hand position after plucking the G string:D