What's The Buzz All About

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by stefeb, Jul 11, 2002.

  1. stefeb


    Jun 9, 2002
    Bethlehem, PA
    Got a Fender, MIJ, fretless, four string, on eBay, at a fair price.

    Problem - I get a buzz, when playing the D on the G
    string. It is the only note on the entire bass where the
    buzz occurs. When I place my finger aligned with the
    dot marker, I get a buzz. If I go just slightly (and I mean
    slighty) above or below the dot marker, the buzz is
    gone. It's almost as if there is a one tiny spot on the
    bass where a buzz occurs.

    I can't see or feel anything, and the action is not set too low.

    Any suggestions/comments/solutions, would be gratefully accepted.

  2. the finger board mite have a slight wear spot were that one note is.
  3. BigBohn


    Sep 29, 2001
    WPB, Florida
    Hmm, maybe a dead spot in the neck? I don't know if thats possible with fretless like it is with fretted, so I'm not sure. I have the same problem on my bass at the 21st fret on the A and D string.
  4. stefeb


    Jun 9, 2002
    Bethlehem, PA
    So you learn to play around it? Or, is their a fix?
  5. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    Possible loose truss rod, or hardware?
  6. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    More of a Setup problem, I believe.

  7. Where do you think the buzz is?
    Is it the string?
    Maybe loosen the string and retune it.
    If you say play the note with your picky but keep your other fingers on the string is it still there?

    If you play down a half step and bend up to the note do you get the buzz.
    Are they new strings, could a higher gauge G string cure the problem.

    Just throwing some easy questions at you.
    For I had a problem like this with a Stingray and it ended up being a spring in the bridge.
  8. stefeb


    Jun 9, 2002
    Bethlehem, PA
    Thanks for all your suggestions. The buzz is now gone :D .

    I changed the strings to Fender Light Flatwounds, adjusted the intonation, and the buzz is gone.

    Before the Fender strings, I had Thomasik-Infeld flatwounds. I guess the strings can make a difference.

    Still learning.