HELP with Hohner B2 neck problem

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by a3holerman, Feb 20, 2006.


  1. a3holerman

    a3holerman

    Nov 21, 2002
    :meh: Hi,
    I have a Hohner B2 headless bass that I use as a travel practice bass. It was buzzing on several frets and I couldn't get it right. I brought it to a local guitar shop to have the luthier look at it. He replaced the nut as he said it was worn and too low. The problem now is that he has the action so high that its difficult to play for me as a relatively new player. Looking at the neck it seems that it has a gentle bow from the body to about the 5th fret. Then it takes a reverse bow, The truss rod seems to only act on the 5th fret area and lower. If I relieve the truss rod tension the reverse bow is decreased but it leaves a very big bow in the neck with way too much relief. IS there any way to fix this? I hope I have explained it well enough to get the gist of the problem
    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. 62bass

    62bass

    Apr 3, 2005
    That certainly doesn't sound right and I don't know if it could be fixed or not. I've had a few problems with similar problems on Ovation guitars but I've never worked on a Hohner headless bass although I've played one in a store.

    It may be beyond repair but bring it to a reliable tech and have him look at it.
     
  3. rogerjulian

    rogerjulian

    Jun 20, 2012
     
  4. rogerjulian

    rogerjulian

    Jun 20, 2012
    Quite often we look at necks from bottom up where in actuality it's from nut down. So if that's the profile from top stock down I see your problem. I own a Jack Bass with a similar personality. There's very little info offered from Hohner (sad indeed) but no fear. Hohner headless basses all have higher action due to jumbo frets and because we have no nut to speak of very little ware takes place on your first fret as nobody bends notes at that position. Your original fret (nut) was fine and if anything, all you needed to do is slightly file down the next 3 frets gradually as they are jumbo frets (short of replacing to medium frets) and then lefty-loosy the relief a quarter circle and let sit a day or two. It would't hurt to remove your top ball plate and unscrew the truss nut off then apply a thimble full of mineral oil down the threaded part and let enough run down the shaft. Let it sit right side up 30 minutes and then upside down vertically 30 minutes as to let oil run back down covering both sides of truss rod. If some runs along truss channel, no worries as Maple moisterizes easily adding to flex and adjustability. Fret buzz no more. These basses are hidden gems so don't rid of it. Cheers /Good luck.