Buzz in a fender jazz?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lewi_wilko, Dec 10, 2005.

  1. Lewi_wilko


    Mar 24, 2004
    Hi, im thinking of buying a MIM standard jazz bass from a guitar shop and i had a go off the one they had in stock. I thought it sounded great appart from there was quite allot of buzz from the bottom few frets. Is this normal for a jazz bass? And what would i have to do to get rid of the buzzing
  2. That's a setup issue that can happen in any bass. If you plan on buying it make sure they set it up properly first. It could be a relief or a bridge height issue, or something much worse. Make sure they take care of it.
  3. Lewi_wilko


    Mar 24, 2004
    Would the buzz come through an amp?
  4. basstruck

    basstruck Guest

    Nov 25, 2005
    Buy anothe bass that doen,t have any buzzz.................!
    A fret job cost $200.00 and a fret level with a set up cost from $70.00 to $100.00 to get it fixed.
  5. Lewi_wilko


    Mar 24, 2004
    i would get another one but the only thing is that GC is the only one that trades in basses and im get £200 on trade for my old bass
  6. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    If the bass was not stored properly (say in a humid warehouse) before or even after it got the store, that can happen. The necks tend to swell a bit near the end, and you get that buzzing problem. In a store near me in Florida, many of their basses have that problem. It seems to be mainly with the bolt-on necks. I had that problem with a MIM Jazz I got. The bass was too nice not to buy, so I got it and went to work on it. After some adjustments on the neck and some careful file work on the last three frets, this bass plays like a dream.
  7. tonynoriega

    tonynoriega Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2004
    Tampa, Florida
    The most renouned luthier in Tampa Bay, John O'boyle, once told me that a small amount of buzzing acoustically - not amplified - is not a bad thing on an electric bass. Now when I do a setup on my bass I usually have some buzzing, especially since I like my action low.
  8. FeelTheGroove


    Dec 2, 2005
    Its not just the jazz bass, I played a $1200 musicman the other day at GC that buzzed like crazy. Most basses will need to be sorta fine tuned once brought home.
  9. Lewi_wilko


    Mar 24, 2004
    Have you got rid off the buzz? If you have how did you do it?
  10. FeelTheGroove


    Dec 2, 2005
    I didnt buy that bass or anything...just used as an example. Fret buzz can be from several different factors. It may just be your playing technique...usually people with an aggresive right hand are more prone to experiance fret buzz than someone who plays with a lighter touch, and would therefore prefer to have thier action set higher.

    But usually if you get alot of buzz its because the action is set too low. You could either adjust the neck relief which would be my prefered method...or you could raise the action a bit via the string saddles at the bridge. But if you are inexperianced with truss rod(neck) adjustments, I would leave it to someone with experiance to adjust it. Try to get the guys at the music store to setup the bass to your preference if/when you buy the bass from them.

    I bought a standard jazz bass but I had the opposite problem, the action was a bit too high for my tastes so I had to adjust the neck once I brought it home.
  11. I,ve had to adjust every bass I ever owned.I tend to pluck hard which causes buzzing.Just raise the action a little at a time untill you find the sweet spot.Then you will need to adjust for the intonation. :bassist: