Yet Another Buzzing Thread

Discussion in 'Setup & Repair [DB]' started by Kevin Hsieh, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. Checked Seams. No luck

    Have found that if I put my hand on the bassbar side above the F-hole, the buzzing goes away. This frightens me because the guys at David Gage mentioned that my bassbar wasn't fitted properly in the factory and was coming loose (they said they glued it up and have been checking it everytime i bring it in). I also had a pretty nasty accident that resulted in a crack along the bassbar. They glued it up nice (didn't take the top off) and it's been healthy for a year. The weather recently has been annoying with the on and off rain. Wondering if that affects anything. Might just give myself the peace of mind and bring it down tomorrow...


    any thoughts?

    can't seem to isolate the sound. but it doesn't seem like it's coming from the bass bar. almost feel like it's the old gut G-string that is buzzing...
  2. The quick way to check is to swap out the G with whatever G you have lying around even if it is steel. If the buzz goes away, you found the problem and saved yourself a trip to Gage's.

  3. Gearhead43


    Nov 25, 2007
    It's your bass bar, bud.
  4. just did it.

    i'm pretty sure it's the bass bar.

    joy... :meh:
  5. Uncletoad


    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    Hmmnn this is sounding vaguely familiar. I'd go drive up to see Arnold and get his opinion.
  6. dont have a car. david gage's is an easy train ride away.

    what do you mean by sounding familiar?
  7. Nuno A.

    Nuno A. Velvet Strings Customer Service

    Jul 9, 2001
    Kevin... i understand your concern but honestly, a luthier is the only one who will give you a valid opinion simply because he will actually see your bass. i had a nasty buzz on my old German a few years ago and i thought it was the bass bar, the luthier told me that the bass bar on the bass was a joke, however the buzz come from an open seam. When i had big surgery made on the bass, the luthier changed the bass bar and the bass sounds better but still... it wasn't the bass bar that was making the buzz. bring your bass to the luthier and good luck....

  8. arnoldschnitzer

    arnoldschnitzer AES Fine Instruments

    Feb 16, 2002
    New Mexico. USA
    It's almost never the bass bar. But when you press on the bar you damp the top, causing any buzzing to back off. I'll bet it's something minor.
  9. Uncletoad


    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    ...or sit in your chair and get his opinion.
  10. Cody Sisk

    Cody Sisk

    Jan 26, 2009
    Lilburn, GA
    Ronald Sachs Violins
    +1 I have learned the hard way that this is the case. I had to take the top off of 3 different cellos to finally get it through my thick skull that mystery buzzes are almost never coming from the bass bar..
  11. just got back from my little trip to Gage's. I'm all safe. No seams, all cracks look healthy. Probably just some string rattle. The buzz made me nervous though, as I hadn't gotten the bass checked up for about half a year.

    Used the trip to get some setup tweaks that i've been wanting to get done.

    Back to a healthy state of mind.

    Thanks Guys
  12. glad everything was minor. I was freaking out because of some buzzing last week, but then realized it was my bass rattling things in my room. man these instruments can make you paranoid.
  13. I'd sure like to see us make a check list of everything that can made a bass buzz, and then have the check list made sticky.

    What really frosts me is when I've got a new buzz working, I can't get rid of it, and I completely forget about what caused it on an earlier occasion . . . and it turns out to be the same thing.

    Most recent situation of this: one loose tuning machine screw.
  14. Sprocket and Michael have both looked at the bass and concluded that the bass was healthy and it was probably just the weather messing with the bass.

    The buzz left a couple days ago. and now it's back today. We had a pretty heavy storm on Sunday, so i think it might just be the varying humidity and dryness we've been experiencing.
  15. Bass


    Nov 10, 2003
    Maybe you have a bumble-bee stuck in your ass?

  16. Uncletoad


    May 6, 2003
    Columbus Ohio
    Proprietor Fifth Avenue Fret Shop. Technical Editor Bass Gear Magazine
    Open seam.

  17. i definitely missed you and your photoshop. didn't see that one coming! :D
  18. I had a similar buzz, it stopped buzzing when I pressed just above the f-hole on the treble side. It turned out that the bridge foot needed to be re-contoured. It was a relatively new bridge and somehow the foot changed with the weather… that’s the store I was told. The buzz went away.