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Strange Buzz!

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Fernando F, Jun 24, 2008.

  1. Hi everybody!

    Three of my basses make a strange buzz when I play a D on the 7th fret on G String and press a B on the same fret on the E string!
    A friend of mine told me it´s normal and very usual on Fender Basses... the vibration causes this... but I have a Fender Precision Lyte and no matter how hard I play at this same position, the buzz do not occurs.
    Actually it happens on my Fender Jazz Bass Special 85, my Yamaha BB 414, and my SX Jazz Bass.
    Is it really normal? The 3 basses plays very well, no fret noise at all, medium action, very confortable.

    Help me somebody!:help:
  2. Widdershins


    Aug 28, 2007
    Your friend doesn't like Fenders and doesn't mind sounding like a dufus to put them down.
    The good news is you are consistent. It's a combination of playing style & setup. Try just a hair more relief and/or lighter touch. That or get used to a slightly higher action.

    GBGLJE Inactive

    Apr 9, 2008
    Does this buzz occur only when you are plugged in or can you hear it without the use of an amp?
  4. When plugged if I play softly the buzz can´t be heard. Unplugged and with a hard touch it´s very noticiable!
    It´s not a normal fret buzz... it occurs between the 7th fret and the nut on the E string and just if I play the D on the 7h fret on the G string and press the B on th 7th fret on the E... the vibration on the E string between the fret and the nut causes the buzz.

    GBGLJE Inactive

    Apr 9, 2008
    That is a very strange problem and hard to solve without actually hearing/seeing it in person.
    It is possible that you may have a loose trussrod or a loose tuner and these certain notes are the only ones that can cause it to vibrate. check them.

    Is it a fret buzz between the fretted note and the nut?
    It may be a little tricky but hold down the E string at the 7th fret and slide a piece of paper over all the frets back to the nut. see if it changes the buzz or stops it. If it does then it sounds like a nut problem(too low) but I would think it would happen with all fretted notes not just a couple.....very strange.
  6. schnigges


    Jun 29, 2008
    try fastening your strings a little nearer the head so the will be more pressure in the nut... worked with my fender JB