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A-string Fret Buzz

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by nothinglikesun9, May 7, 2016.

  1. nothinglikesun9


    Jan 21, 2014
    Hello, I have constant fret ringing whenever I play the Open A string. Is this a truss rod issue?

    I have a 2015 Fender American Standard P-Bass. Thank-you.
  2. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    How's your relief? The Fender headstock is notorious for A string buzz when coupled with inadequate string break over the nut / too few string wraps around the post / failure to set witness points at the critical contact sites.

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  3. nothinglikesun9


    Jan 21, 2014
    Thank-you, The relief is good, but I never considered too few string wraps around the post. That even makes sense--I cut them pretty close. Thanks again!
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  4. Bruce Johnson

    Bruce Johnson Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 4, 2011
    Fillmore, CA
    Professional Luthier
    Yes, that could be the problem. A quick way to test it is to pluck the string, then lightly press down on the string just beyond the nut. If that stops the buzz, then you need more break angle to get the string seated down in the nut groove. More wraps on the post, or a string tree.

    If pressing the string up there doesn't stop the buzz, then the problem is most likely that the nut slot is worn too low, causing the open string to lightly ring on the 1st fret. The quick fix for a low nut slot is put a drop of superglue and some powder in the slot, then re-file it to the correct height.
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  5. nothinglikesun9


    Jan 21, 2014
    Thanks Bruce!! That is indeed the problem. Thanks again.

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