#1
Hello everyone, I just got my first ever bass yesterday, and unfortunately I'm a complete beginner and I don't know a lot..
My problem is most of the time when I hold down a string, it makes an extremely loud rattling/vibrating noise. I'm not sure what to do about it, because it's making trying to play the bass more difficult. It never happens when I play an open note, only when I hold down a fret.
#3
could also be, holding a fret, like actually pressing the string to the metal fret? try pressing between the frets ie: if you play a Bb, so A# really, like the 6th fret on the top string, press between the 5th and 6th to sound the note, instead of the 6th metal fret.
#4
um..........uhhh...................uhhhhhh...............thats a bass guitar no :P

well it could be the strings..............or maybe your not applying your finger properly.........or maybe its out of tune!.............wheres the noise coming from anyway/?????
#5
@Tabmaster- Ok, I'll try that. I'll have to look around to see how to do that first though, haha..

@beastman- Yeah, I press in between them, so I don't think thats the problem.

@Methyl- I tuned it not too long ago, and I think the sound is coming from the string itself.
Last edited by AmazingToaster at Jan 11, 2009,
#6
It's fret buzz. This means that your action is too low and the string hits the other frets while it vibrates. Raise your action and it should go away.
#7
Or, it could be possible that your fingers aren't string enough to fret a bass properly yet.

However, a good start would be to give the bass a proper setup. That means adjusting the truss rod, the action, and then the intonation.
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#8
i got a similar problem with my bass that i got a few weeks ago. when you press frets (especially near the top of the neck) you get a vibration between the next fret and the string. Doesn't make a difference how hard or lightly the fringer is pressed or where. playing extremely quietly helps but is obv not practical as such, i got told to take it to a shop to sort it out if you don't feel comfotable sorting out the problem by doing a bass setup. hope it helps you too