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New strings bad fret noise!

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by thereallime, Feb 1, 2014.

  1. thereallime


    Aug 2, 2012
    Just changed strings went from Hybrid (.105's) to cobalt (.100's) and now theres terrible fret noise on the first 5/6 frets. ***? It played fine with the other ones. Should i have stuck with the .105 gauge? Why was it sounding great but now theres buzz. I got the bass set up few months ago so i dont think its the neck
  2. SunnBass

    SunnBass All these blankets saved my life.

    Aug 31, 2010
    Columbia, Mo
    Different tension.
    Do a set-up or have a tech do a set-up when changing gauges.
  3. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    Could be tension difference. Try a truss rod adjustment and see if the problem persists. Could also be that the slots in the nut have become too wide for the .100s since you always use .105s.
  4. Jay2U

    Jay2U Not as bad as he lóòks

    Dec 7, 2010
    22 ft below sea level
    Less tension makes the neck to bow a little backward. The trussrod should be loosened a bit. The difference is about 3 pounds per string, adding to 12 pounds less tension.
  5. Jaco who?

    Jaco who?

    May 20, 2008
    Yes, loosen the truss rod - likely a 3/16 inch allen key for Most Fenders, others 4mm, Peaveys sometimes need a thin walled socket - if you find the right tool, go counterclockwise 1/8th of a turn and see how she plays.
  6. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    Lighter gauge strings mean less tension and less relief (straighter - flatter neck). As suggested, you want to loosen the truss rod to increase the relief, but also check the action too. Raising the action by raising the saddles can get rid of a lot of buzzing problems too. In other words, you have to do a completely new setup after a string change like that.
  7. 4-stringB


    Jun 10, 2010
    Is the string wound from the bottom of the tuner? That can make all the difference. And then, and only then, should you try stuff like adjusting the truss rod, etc.and...just for the record, once I have a new bass setup to where it suits me ( I do my own setups) I've never had to adjust ANYTHING, EVER.