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Fear of Napalm

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I recent had my bass set up and tuned to C, F, A#, D#. I was having problems with string and fret buzz but once it was set up, adjusted and 115 put on for the E string everything was fine. Now the E string is starting to buzz slightly again, only when played open. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Originally posted by cornbread:

It sounds like you need to raise the action just a hair. It sounds like the string is hitting one of the first frets. It sounds like it's the thicker string causing it. It shouldn't take much adjustment to get rid of it.

Just a quick question, I've been playing bass for awhile but never set up my own basses. Is this something I could most likely do by adjusting the bridge height or should I adjust it turning the truss rod? Thanks.
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Originally posted by Fear of Napalm:

Now the E string is starting to buzz slightly again, only when played open. Any suggestions?

Although adjusting the bridge will solve the problem it's a bit like using a hammer to crack a walnut. You'd be better off raising the nut slightly, either by shimming the whole nut or filling it in with something suitably hard and recutting it (or replacing the nut).

 

Anthony Jackson is a great believer in having a higher nut to allow you to have a lower action and I've tried it and it really works!

 

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Originally posted by Fear of Napalm:

Originally posted by cornbread:

It sounds like you need to raise the action just a hair. It sounds like the string is hitting one of the first frets. It sounds like it's the thicker string causing it. It shouldn't take much adjustment to get rid of it.

Just a quick question, I've been playing bass for awhile but never set up my own basses. Is this something I could most likely do by adjusting the bridge height or should I adjust it turning the truss rod? Thanks.
1st make sure the truss/neck is set to your liking. There are varying theories about what is the correct truss/neck setting.

 

I like my fretboard to be flat.....with just slight neck relief . Some players like a bit more relief than me.....and others stray the other way.

 

I then adjust the bridge saddles for each string to get the lowest action possible , without and fret buzz. I then set the intonation ( string length at bridge )

 

There are many factors involved here : Bass , strings used , players technique and personal preferences.

 

PJR

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You could do it by adjusting the bridge, but it's so far away from the problem area that it will take a lot of adjustment to solve the problem. Adjusting the nut is the ideal fix for this, but it's also the most improbable, unless you have an adjustable nut. Adjusting the truss rod just a smidge could alleviate the buzz. This fix would lie somewhere in the middle. You can easily make this adjustment yourself. Just be sure to do it only slightly, retune and check to see if the buzz is still there. If you need some instructions, try the Gary Willis site. His set-up page is great and very informative.

 

If you like the overall action of the bass, perhaps shimming the nut or raising the E side or replacing the whole nut would be the best thing. I have seen some players actually put pieces of paperboard underneath the string at the nut to raise it a hair. I would rather use something a little harder and more permanent.

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Without seeing the bass or hearing the problem, I would suggest loosening the truss rod 1/4 turn, and no more. Wait a day, and judge the effect. Then adjust as needed from there. Be careful and patient. Hope this helps.

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If you don't mind me asking,

 

Why such an odd tuning? :eek:

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Perhaps looking from above it's just a 1/2 tone higher, but if that is the real tuning looking from below, I agree it's very odd, even though I know of bassists, such as the one of System Of A Down's, using peculiar tunings, maybe like that.

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Originally posted by Fear of Napalm:

Actually it's not an odd tunning at all. It's just tuned two whole steps down. Tons of hardcore, metal and rock bands tune this way.

Ok, I see.

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