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Strange buzzing/reverb sound. Please help.

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by crazyphil, May 9, 2003.

  1. The bass in question: MIA Fender Jazz Deluxe.

    The problem: The E-string gives off a strange buzzing sound.

    When I pluck my E-string on any fret, I get a very strange buzzing sound. It is not fret buzz, but rather it sppears that the frequency of the notes is making something else buzz. It sounds like an echo-ey, reverb sound. I can't really explain it but it bothers me to the point where I don't want to play. Here is what I've done so far:

    Strung the string through bridge as well as body

    Changed the E-string

    Removed pickguard and all electronics

    Removed all knobs

    Held down the bridge while plucking

    Removed the batteries

    Adjusted the action higher

    Held down each pickup while plucking the string

    Elbowed the bass a few times

    Tightened the neck and bridge

    Placed a piece of paper between the string and the frets, and plucked it at the 12th fret.

    Removed all strings except the E and plucked it.

    None of these things seem to fix it. It is not fret buzz and I have tried 3 different E strings. I'm really lost; any ideas?
  2. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    the springs on the bridge pieces of fender and fender look-alikes are notorious for this. they vibrate symapthetically with certain notes, usually lower ones. It's no big deal. It won't come through your amp at all. At least mine doesn't. You could always replace the springs with tighter ones, too. That will get rid of the buzziness.
  3. HMMMMM..interesting...I will check it out when I get home tonight. Thanks!
  4. I checked the strings and they are not the cause of the problem. I removed the next and knocked on it....it appears that something inside the neck (truss rod?) is making a sound. I tightened it and it's better, but still there. Hmm..
  5. Hmm this rings a bell. Hambone was dealing with a thread a while back about a bass whereby when the neck was banged it vibrated.

    Hope Hammy is around.. If not i'll see if i can track the thread down. Does anyone else still remember this thread?


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