Are Stingrays just naturally fret buzzy?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bchamorro, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. bchamorro


    Nov 13, 2007
    Miami, Florida
    I just got a new StingRay 5 and unplugged it fret buzzes like hell, same for the rest of a bunch of other Stingrays I've owned, with factory setup.

    What's up with that?
  2. Draculea


    Oct 2, 2011
    Mexico City
    My experience is limited in regards to Stingrays, but the couple I have played had medium to high action and still had a lot of fretbuzz. Can't tell for sure if it's something common though, and I just happened to play two with the same problem.
  3. LowBC

    LowBC Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2008
    Music Go Round - Aurora, CO (owner) We buy used gear!
    There's no reason for a 'Ray to be especially buzzy. If it was set up at the factory the neck may have moved sometime before it found its way into your hands.

    Have a local repair person set it up right and proper for you (it's worth the investment to really have this done right, for you, for the way you like to play) and it should play like a dream.

    good luck!
  4. ModuMan

    ModuMan How many is too many? Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2007
    Bristol, CT #19
    When I bought mine in NYC I had it shipped. I asked for action "so low a virus couldn't get under it". They took that literally and it arrived buzzing if you whispered at it. But that's not a Stingray thing.

    Just set it up, problem solved. You can certainly get nice low action without buzzing.
  5. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    I have owned 6 stingrays, not fret buzz after i set up the action to my liking.
  6. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    If you abide by the laws of physics, there is nothing in the construction of a Stingray to make it more prone to fret buzz than any other bass.

    Get it set up properly and your buzz woes will vanish, I'd wager.
  7. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Doctor, I might just have to call my next band The Buzz Woes. I'm just warning you. ;)
  8. loosen your truss rod
  9. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005
    I have found the fretwork on EBMMs to be amongst the best in production instruments - like any other basses, they sometimes need a setup...

    - georgestrings
  10. bassmachine2112


    Mar 23, 2008
    They might sound a bit buzzy if you have full treble boost on but it,s not fret buzz.
    You need to hear it unplugged.
    They don,t buzz anymore than a n other basses.
    Good set up just like any other.
  11. jasper383

    jasper383 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2004
    Durham NC
    Maybe bchamorro never studied law?

    Stingrays have a pretty hot signal, so stuff that you didn't used to hear you now can hear.

    Loosen the truss rod and/or raise the action a bit.
  12. ursusaltered

    ursusaltered Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2009
    Madison WI
    I bought mine used from GC. Super low action, no fret buzz. Plays better than a lot of $5000 basses I have ever touched. I think it just luck of the draw man. After all, it is a production line bass, not a handcrafted custom.
  13. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    A luthier once told me that the large pole pieces on Stingrays cause a strong magnetic "pull" on the strings. This apparently causes the strings to react with the neck differently than with other basses. However, I do not know if this luthier's info had any founded merit or if it was just a bunch of bologna.
  14. ale29


    May 25, 2008
    I noticed too that strings easily act funny if the pickup is relatively near to them (i.e, intonation problems, shorter sustain if you play on the last frets).
    But, if the pickup is set correctly, I believe it behaves exactly as any other bass, as it should.
  15. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005
    I don't believe that would affect action any, but have seen it affect intonation readings on B strings on their 5ers...

    - georgestrings
  16. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Buzz on, friend, buzz on! :D
  17. jlepre


    Nov 12, 2007
    Cedar Knolls, NJ
    set up and technique. I've owned over a dozen SR5's and a quick turn of the truss rod fixes MOST issues.
  18. Tonegasm


    Mar 22, 2010
    The lower your action the more you have to relax your attack to prevent buzzing. At some point it's unavoidable, though.
  19. I know how to get action I want on a bass. I briefly owned a Sterling and could never get it to not buzz without action that was significantly higher than my other basses. I was bummed since everyone talks them up as being the best at everything. Returned it.
  20. redhed


    Oct 25, 2009