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what's wrong with my bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by peteroberts, May 30, 2002.


  1. I have a fretless bass that is pretty good, except when you strike the strings pretty hard it makes kind of a clanking noise, mostly in the middle area of the fingerboard. I've never heard this sound out of another fretless and was wondering what might be wrong.
     
  2. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    My guess would be one of three things:

    a) Action too low (you walk a fine line with a fretless anyway)

    b) Neck needs to be true'd

    c) Slapping strings too hard (may be the result of playing style)
     
  3. what do you mean by true'd? Adjusting the truss rod? Add relief?
     
  4. Planet Boulder

    Planet Boulder Hey, this is a private residence...man Supporting Member

    Nov 10, 2001
    6,482 feet above sea level
    I once had impure thoughts. Oh, and I pluck my ear hair.
    Yes and/or yes. ;)

    I would give it a good look down the length of the neck & see if there are any irregularities. If in doubt, take it to a local luthier. They know exactly what to look for and can give you an estimate on the spot - can't hurt.

    Before dinkin' with the truss rod, I'd make sure that's the problem first.
     
  5. Listen

    Listen

    May 19, 2002
    do the above