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Weird sounds from fretless

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by tbplayer59, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. tbplayer59


    Jan 20, 2013
    My MIM Fretless jazz gets a strange "woof woof woof" sound on notes above the 12th fret on the E string. It's like an out of phase vibrato. (I'm not sure if I'm describing this right). In any case, it's not a clear note like the other places on the neck or on other strings.

    I'm using TI Jazz Flats. It does the same thing with roundwounds, but not nearly as pronounced.

    Any suggestions?
  2. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Maybe you need to practise more?
    Maybe your pickups are too close to the strings and stringpull -issue are causing the notes to sound odd?
    Maybe your strings are past their best?

    I'd do a proper set up before worrying too much.
    Good luck!
  3. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    Your pickups are too high
  4. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Pickups are most likely too high pulling the string. I would start there and see if the issue persists.
  5. kevteop


    Feb 12, 2008
    York, UK
    ^^ They are all correct. Lower the E side of your pickup a little.

    I've only ever noticed this effect with flats. And on Jazz basses!
  6. tbplayer59


    Jan 20, 2013
    I'll try the pickup lowering and see if that alleviates the problem.
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