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Old 09-28-2012, 04:07 PM   #1
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Somewhat gross metallic clang/rattle when fretting and sliding notes.

I come to you, bass forum, to ask for your guidance and infinite wisdom.

I recently purchased a new J bass.
But, when fretting or sliding up or down the neck, there's this weird metallic clang/rattle.
I dunno if it's fret buzz, I don't think it is, because it sounds fine when you actually pluck the string, it just makes the noise during the action of actually pressing down the fret.

Also, it's a bit worse I feel, on the E and A strings. No matter how quietly I play, whenever I pluck/strum/whatever you want to call it (i'm pretty new to bass) it almost sounds like i'm playing slap bass.

The action looks fine too. I've played around with all of the saddles, and they're up almost all the way.

I dunno if it happens when plugged in. I'll be getting an amp shortly, but I don't have one atm. I be playing acoustically.

Should I decrease pressure on the truss rod and lower the saddles?
I don't really want to make a huge bend in my neck though.
It almost feels like the slapping sounding problem is the string hitting the 20th fret when I pluck, even when I pluck softly.
I dunno about the metallic noise when fretting tho.

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Old 09-28-2012, 04:23 PM   #2
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try raising the action very slightly before you adjust the truss rod, unless you know what you are doing in regards to it and are pretty sure that that is the problem. i try to avoid altering the truss rod if at all possible, even though i do know more or less what i'm doing
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:33 PM   #3
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It's sounds like a bad setup on the neck and a piss poor fret job.
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:45 PM   #4
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It may be possible that the sound you're describing is that of new strings. Loads of people like it but there are some of us that don't and it might just be a case of having to "wear them in".
Like I say it's a possibility. To be perfectly honest it doesn't really matter what kind of sound your bass is making until it is actually plugged into an amp. That sound may go away, and if not then I'm sure you'll actually like it if you dial in enough low bass to accompany the tone.

After re-reading your post I'm pretty convinced it's just the sound of fresh strings and I'm 90% sure that you'll like the sound after playing that Jazz bass through an amp, assuming of course that the amp is more than just a 50watt practice amp.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:29 AM   #5
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It's sounds like a bad setup on the neck and a piss poor fret job.


I have to agree with dark Mass on this. It may need a bit of relief on the neck.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:40 AM   #6
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I've got the same sound. On mine it's because it's a rock/metal/punk bass, and the neck is angled slightly backwards, so the strings (especially E and A) come into contact with the frets. But it sounds good (to me) when I plug into an amp, even though it sounds like sh*t when accoustic.
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Old 09-29-2012, 09:58 AM   #7
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Oh okay. Thanks for all the advice :3

I don't think it's a new string sound.
Shortly before I got it, I put new strings on my P bass and it sounded fine.

I guess i'll try relieving the truss rod a bit, and if all else fails, i'll get it set up at GC or try to find somewhere more local that'll do it.
Set up at GC is pretty expensive though. Damn highway robbery.
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Old 09-29-2012, 12:53 PM   #8
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Oh okay. Thanks for all the advice :3

I don't think it's a new string sound.
Shortly before I got it, I put new strings on my P bass and it sounded fine.

I guess i'll try relieving the truss rod a bit, and if all else fails, i'll get it set up at GC or try to find somewhere more local that'll do it.
Set up at GC is pretty expensive though. Damn highway robbery.

Don't go GC for a setup as they'll probably make it worse. If you have any luthiers in your area I'd take it to them first.
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Old 09-29-2012, 03:56 PM   #9
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I'll try to find somewhere else then.
I don't know any luthiers, but there are a few smaller music stores that i'll check.
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