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Posted by El Pájaro on March 01, 2001 at 07:11:34:

In Reply to: Re: BASS FRET BUZZIN" posted by ROB on March 01, 2001 at 01:18:26:

: : I have been getting Fret buzz more than usual,???? The Bass is only 3 months old???whats this about???

: :: Sounds to me like Intonation adjustment, has the bass been in and out of extremely cold and hot weather? Even so your new bass should not be acting out its aggressions on you.. I would suggest since the bass is new to take it into where you bought it and ask their guitar tech to adjust the intonation on the bass, if you have experience with intonation etc, then you may want to adjust it to your needs, but if you have no experience let a tech handle it, besides the bass is new. Also make sure your tuning on your 4th is no lower than a D tuning, anything lower may result in BUZZ. Also take your first finger on 4th string 1st fret, right hand finger on 12th fret now look down the neck along the fret lines, does your string appear to touch other frets?
: Does you neck appeared bowed? if so maybe some trust rod action can be a quick fix, but I urge you to check the tuning make sure its at 440 and if it still results in BUZZ then take it in, they should have no prob fixing it for you, 15 minutes.
: One more note, have you changed the strings lately? If so this to may be your prob with the buzzing.

: Good Luck,
: Peace and chicken grease,
: Rob

Hey there Bryan,
Rob's correct in everything he says. I'd like to add a couple of concepts, though.
First: your right hand touch may have a lot to do with the buzz. Even if the action in your bass is set way up high, if you dig in too hard you'll make the strings buzz against the frets. Conversely, if your touch is soft enough, you can have the action as low as it would go without buzzing -assuming your bass neck has the proper amount of relief, of course. Recently, I switched to a graphite neck bass (Modulus) because the drastic humidity and climate changes in my area (Buenos Aires, Argentina) were making the wooden neck of my previous bass go crazy.
Second: even with a light touch and proper neck relief, you might have one or two poorly filed and/or seated frets. In this case, the problematic fret (or frets) are a little higher than the rest, thus making the string buzz everytime you fret above it. No major surgery is needed to remedy that problem, and any qualified technician should be able to fix it for low bucks.
Hope this helped. Buena suerte and keep your bass up front in the mix,

El Pájaro

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