Dead Area On Fretless Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by IanB, Oct 20, 2006.

  1. IanB


    Oct 20, 2006
    I've just bought a s/h late 70s fretless Fender Jazz Bass and there is a dead area around the line of the fifth fret of the G string and some slight attendant buzz between the 4th & 8th fret lines on the same string that I can't seem to shake with any kind of traditional adjustment to the bridge etc.

    I figured the set up would cure the problem but I am stumped. In every other way the guitar is beautiful to play.

    The buzz I can live with - the dead 'fret' I can't.

    My other fretless (a 1981 Aria) has never had anything remotely similar to contend with.

    Anyone have a similar problem they solved or a bright idea that might help?

  2. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    It could just require a truss rod tweak. If the truss rod is pressing against the back of the fret board in that particular locale, it'll give you a dead spot.
  3. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    5th fret on G string is a common dead spot for those instruments. Not much you can do to help it. Search for "fat finger" .
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