Re: Need Help/String Buzz

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Posted by Pat Harrington on June 15, 2000 at 17:46:01:

In Reply to: Need Help/String Buzz posted by Jimmy on June 15, 2000 at 00:59:02:

: Ok folks, My bass guitar sounded just fine. Everything clean and clear all over the neck.
: About an hour ago, ALL OF THE SUDDEN, the 'A' string started buzzing. It buzzes
: open, and it buzzes everywhere else up and down the neck. It's pretty trashy sounding.
: It almost sounds as if it were plugged into a distortion box. I've checked everything
: I can think of, the nut, the bridge, checked for loose screws and other hardware, and I just
: can't figure it out. And yes, it buzzes 'unplugged', but the other strings sound perfect
: and solid. So, question! Could it be that the string went bad. I've played guitars for
: about 20 years or so and I've never ran into a problem like this. It sounds like a bad
: fret buzz, but the best I can tell, it's not a fret problem. I'm going to change strings
: regardless, just wondering if anyone has any experience in this subject.
: Any other ideas????? I also took the string off,, looked it over and cannot see or feel
: any problems.

: Jimmy

Hey Jimmy...Weird, Man....If you've checked all your hardware, including
your bridge adjustment screws, springs, tuning machines, strap buttons,
or anything else that could vibrate or rattle, It's most likely a string
that went bad. Sometimes on cheaper strings, the first wrap can become
separated from the innermost core, and whole string will start making
some wacky sympathetic vibrations that almost sound like you're playing
through a $10 fuzz pedal. I've only had it happen to me once, but it
does happen. Rotosounds for a while were notorious for core separation,
before they supposedly corrected a production problem. I would suggest
a new set of strings, and go from there. Doesn't sound like a neck
or fret problem, since its only on one string..

Good Luck

Pat H.

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