Fret Buzz

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by jbennet, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. jbennet


    Sep 30, 2007
    Okay i have an old Shergold Marathon 4 string. It buzzes a lot, mainly on the fat strings. Whats wrong with it?
  2. Dear friend, maybe the neck a little warped? I think you need check the truss rod and screw it until the neck stay straight...You did check the string heights on the bridge? Too low the strings ,maybe...
  3. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

    Hold a string down at the first fret and a bottom fret (A guitar capo helps here) there should be about 1.5mm of clearance between the string and a middle fret. If there isn't, you need to adjust the truss rod a little to get the proper clearance (relief). The neck actually shouldn't be perfectly straight.

    I have found if the neck is curved too much in EITHER direction, there can be some fret buzz.

    ALSO - is your action too low? Maybe the bridge needs to be raised a little (if the neck is correct).

    I have also found this varies from one type of string to another.

    When making any adjustments, go slow - a 1/4 turn of a screw can make a big difference.

    Good Luck - GIO
  4. jbennet


    Sep 30, 2007
    I tried what you said and yeah, it seems that the action/neck needs adjusting but i cant figure out how to do it?
  5. kalle74


    Aug 27, 2004
    take it to a pro. watch him set it up and ask questions. next time try it yourself.
  6. kyral210


    Sep 14, 2007
    Just follow the guide here to set your bass up perfectly!

    I cant stress enough the importance of neck radius gugages. Ince you know your exact radius of your neck, you can use the correct measurements. You cna also set your string height perfectly, so it feels and plays amazingly!