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Hi. I just bought a new Fender American Jazz Bass and it is buzzing when I play the open A string. It stops if I apply a little downward pressure to the string between the nut and tuner. It doesn't buzz when I fret any other notes on that string. I can't believe I didn't notice this in the store, but it is super loud in Guitar Center. Any ideas? Thanks.
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If the string isn't coming off the tuner, to the nut, from the bottom then maybe the nut isn't properly cut for the string gauge.That could cause it to buzz on the open A. In any case bring it back to Guitar Center and they should take care of it for you. Good luck.
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It's pretty common on Fender basses.

The peghead on Fender basses is poorly designed. It's too flat. Every well built bass these days has the peghead lean back a little, allowing the strings to put more downward pressure on the nut.

 

Fender "solves" the problem with the string tree on the D and G strings, but the A string still has the problem.

 

There are two solutions. One is to have a few more windings on the tuner and make sure that the windings are working their way downward, so you get more of an angle from the nut to tuner.

 

The other solution would be to buy another string tree and put it between the A and D strings.

 

Hope this helps.

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My A string buzzed on my Jazz Bass for years until a little bird finally told me to wrap more string around the tuning peg. That's the solution. Be sure you wind it "top-down" instead of "bottom-up."

"I had to have something, and it wasn't there. I couldn't go down the street and buy it, so I built it."

 

Les Paul

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Originally posted by jeremyc:

It's pretty common on Fender basses.

The peghead on Fender basses is poorly designed.

From what I've read on the subject, it's not a "poor design," because it is exactly what Leo Fender wanted-- it was a intended to get more necks out of a piece of wood, to save money in manufacturing. It accomplished what Fender desired, which was to sell lots of guitars that cost less to build than, for instance, Gibson guitars.

 

And despite the well-known drawbacks you have pointed out, Fender used the same basic design on G&L and MusicMan instruments.

 

Fender was sort of the Henry Ford of guitar building. Ford didn't invent the automobile, but he utilized efficient manufacturing methods and sold a hell of a lot of cars.

 

Bruiser

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Originally posted by Jode:

My A string buzzed on my Jazz Bass for years until a little bird finally told me to wrap more string around the tuning peg. That's the solution. Be sure you wind it "top-down" instead of "bottom-up."

I heard the same thing from a little birdie, and it works! Just wind up a few more times and it stops. AMAZING!

www.geocities.com/nk_bass/enter.html

 

Still working on it...

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Originally posted by getz76:

Quantity instead of quality out of Fender? Shocking! :D

lol... thats why i dont like fender :P
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Originally posted by getz76:

Quantity instead of quality out of Fender? Shocking! :D

Yeah, I'm not defending Fender by any means; I've never owned one, maybe never will. But if you intend to build a cheaper guitar and succeed (and sell gazillions of them), you have to think that his designs are successful.

 

Bruiser

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