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Bought my first bass yesterday and I think something is terribly wrong

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Psyc, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. Psyc


    Jul 27, 2013
    South Africa
    Yesterday I got my first bass guitar, a SX FPB62+/FR, along with a 10W VOX practice amp and cable -- of course. I played with it a bit yesterday, learning on it. Everything seemed fine, until I took it out to practice further today. I was playing a bass line -- from an exercise on the Instructional DVD, that came with the bass guitar, that's when I notice when I was plucking the G string that it was buzzing out loudly in a kind of distorted manner:crying:. The distortion was turned off on the amp and the the treble and bass selections on the amp was on zero -- the volume was half way on 5. I then noticed that if I played certain notes, it did exactly the same as on the G string. One of the notes was on the third fret of the A string. My finger was placed correctly just behind the third fret -- I know this as I also play the acoustic guitar. This is the first time using an amp and an electric bass guitar. Am I doing something wrong or is my amp or bass guitar faulty?:confused:. I would really appreciate your assistance on this matter. Oh, I bought the Bass and Amp from the local guitar shop where I usually go to, when I tested the bass out in the shop (just plucking the strings a couple of times) and it was working okay and I took extreme care when traveling home with it and moving it around. When turning one of the knobs on the bass -- it also made a scratching sound.:help:
  2. The bass may just need set up properly. Do the notes buzz when you play them lightly, or all the time?

    The knob may just have a dirty pot. If it doesn't go away with use, have it cleaned.
  3. Shardik


    May 24, 2011
    Halden, Norway
    Temperature and air humidity combined with the playing means it has to settle the first days. That is also the reason having a setup done at another location often prove to be less than ideal for the new environment.

    In your case I suspect loosening the truss rod tension may help, providing a bit more neck relief.

    And by the way: Did you install new strings? Factory installed strings may have all kinds of issues.
  4. Psyc


    Jul 27, 2013
    South Africa
    The notes buzz all the time, I'm pressing down hard on them. The strings are the same strings that came with the bass. It is raining down hard over here. Thanks for the advice -- I really appreciate it. Do I have to take it in to get the truss rod loosened or is it something I can try doing myself?
  5. lokikallas

    lokikallas Supporting Member

    Aug 15, 2010
    los angeles
    A little buzz is fine, but a setup is normal to get it working nice. This can be a simple action/relief/intonation, or may need a fret leveling. A cheap bass might be okay to buy new with crappy fretwork, but if I paid over 500 I would expect at least a decent setup from the factory.
  6. iabssplyr


    Aug 5, 2009
    Clinton, IA
    You mentioned you play guitar. Do you have any experience maintaining the acoustic? If so, surf the Internet and you'll find gobs of YouTube videos to teach you how to perform basic maintenance on your bass.

    Getting it set up by a tech is first choice, but you'll need to learn how to troubleshoot it yourself if you plan on playing for a while. Good luck and let us know what happens.
  7. Eric Moesle

    Eric Moesle

    Sep 21, 2001
    Columbus OH
    That G string saddle is WAY too far forward..... You don't need a longer screw, it should intonate much farther back than that.
  8. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    You need a setup.

    Read the stickies at the top of this forum and learn to do it yourself - or have someone do it for you.
  9. Trus3683


    Feb 14, 2013
    Connecticut, USA
    The bass needs to be set up. Take it to a music store and ask for one. As for the scratchy potentiometer, that means that it's been unused and dirt has collected inside. If you twiddle it enough, for long enough, it will stop scratching. Worst comes to worst, you could spray some electrical contact cleaner into the knob and that will solve it once and for all!
  10. Psyc


    Jul 27, 2013
    South Africa
    Thanks everyone for your advice. I'll be taking my bass in for a setup soon.
  11. I have been having the same problem on one of mine. I just followed Erics advise & bingo, problem solved. Take care. Bob
  12. If you have even a little knowledge maintaining an acoustic, read the stickies, search youtube and try your own set up, there is some great info out there on the subject. Only go it if you feel comfortable doing so.up until a couple months ago I sent everything out at about 100$ a pop to have it set up.thanks to the good folks here, I do it. All myself now, good luck and let us known how it turns out
  13. Psyc


    Jul 27, 2013
    South Africa
    Finally got my bass back -- setup worked like a charm. My bass is sounding awesome, although I'm still getting an irritating distorted static sound at times; so I'm guessing it's my amp, but that I can get sorted out easy.
  14. boristhespider9


    Sep 9, 2008
    Yea, is that even a bass amp? Sounds like you're practicing with a guitar amp.
  15. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Sx basses typically need fret leveling. An easy job for pros since sx frets are softer then better basses frets. Have bass checked by a pro for fret level and action setup.The little combo bass amp your using if is bass isntead of guitar amp, prob wont do well with low bass, so muddy or distorted sound is somewhat expected. Diff expect bad sound if its a little guiar combo. Theyre not capable of handliing bass well.
  16. Psyc


    Jul 27, 2013
    South Africa
    Hey, everyone. Sorry for only replying now -- varsity has been hectic these pass few days, I haven't even had time to practice the bass or just play. The amp I am using is a VOX Pathfinder Bass 10. According to the box it came in and the sales person who sold me the amp and bass at the music store. The sales person said that between the SX bass amp and the VOX -- the VOX was the better brand. I hate to think what the SX bass would, if that is the case.
  17. topo morto

    topo morto

    Mar 22, 2010
    a 10W bass amp is just so you can hear the thing. No amp of that size is ever going to sound any good.
  18. Seriously, change the strings at least. The strings supplied on SX basses are probably the worst I've ever seen.
  19. Man I know what that's like. I have no bass amp to practice with so I use my old ESP beginner's guitar amp. GAWD my American P sounds like a toy...:'(
  20. Psyc


    Jul 27, 2013
    South Africa
    Thanks for the advice, I'll change the strings soon. and you have a point topo morto -- I'll see if I can save up for a better amp, probably a 100 W though.