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Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Beatnikparty, Jun 7, 2019.

  1. Beatnikparty


    Mar 10, 2019
    I bought a new Sting Ray Bass and I tried tuning it to a Low B. However, it seems I inadvertently messed up the action to my bass by lowering the tuning and I have Fret buzz all over my neck. Can I fix this? Or do I need to get it set up again?
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2019
  2. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    It was set up, more or less, for EADG tuning when you bought it. You can't just downtune to B and call it a day. It needs new strings and a full set up.
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  3. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Wait. Are you saying you are trying to detune the normal EADG set of strings to BEAD? If so, that ain't gonna work so well.
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  4. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    You'll need:
    • Gauge-appropriate stings
    • A new nut or a modified stock nut that is grooved for the thicker strings
    • Intonation adjustment
    • Possible bridge saddle height and/or truss rod adjustments
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  5. Beatnikparty


    Mar 10, 2019
    Nah, I was just messing around with a B-A-D-G tuning, but I seemed to have messed up the set up. Now, the D string is buzzing below the 12th fret and the G string above the 12th fret.

    I just had it tuned like this overnight and at next rehearsal it was like this.
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2019
  6. joel the bass player

    joel the bass player Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2000
    Omaha, NE
    If BADG tuning is going to be permanent it needs work. If not, tune it back up to normal and let it acclimate a bit. Might need a truss rod tweak though.
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  7. Ampslut


    May 15, 2017
    Barrackville WV
    The neck of a modern bass has a truss rod that counters the tension of the strings. In order for the action to work properly there needs to be a slight bow in the middle and the truss rod is adjusted against EADG tuning to allow for this slight bow. When you d-tuned it to BEAD the neck straightened out and now you may even have some back bow as the truss rod is overcompensating for the now lower string tension and this is what is causing all the fret buzz. You could have your bass tech adjust the truss rod and the bass should be playable but, the current strings you have are designed to be tuned EADG and not BEAD. So, to do this properly you would need a set of 5 string bass strings. Have your tech install a new nut that has been cut for BEAD and have him/her install the BEAD strings and adjust everything properly. (save the G string)
  8. Beatnikparty


    Mar 10, 2019
    Cool, thanks! It wasn’t permanent at all, I was just trying it for a song.
  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

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  10. And I

    And I

    Feb 19, 2009
    Witchtown, MA
    it's very likely that tuning back up to standard will get things back to normal. if not some simple tweaks you can do yourself will fix it. tuning down a half step on the same set of strings with no adjustments? yeah maybe. tuning down a 4th? nope. but you know that now. ;)