I’ve only reached Module 6 but I’m wondering if I can get some help for the more experienced bass player in my home.
My husband has been playing his Fender Jazz 24 Bass for over ten years now, but never got into the maintenance part of being a bass owner. (Bad bassist! No biscuit!) Now that the coronavirus lockdown has closed up our local local guitar repair shops, he’s in a bit of a bind.
When he plays his open E string, or certain frets elsewhere (E string 8th fret or D string 11th fret, for example) he gets this thin buzzing noise. It’s not fret buzz. I mean, he has a little fret buzz, but this is a separate issue. Near as either of us has been able to tell, the buzzing or rattling is being caused by his G string’s tuning machine. We’ve tried lowering the action, it had no effect. The washer on the tuning peg seemed a tad loose, so he tightened the nut on top of it with a wrench, it had no effect. The actual knob isn’t loose, he checked that. In the course of trying to figure this out, we discovered that his D and G strings were not actually in the slots of the string tree, but putting them in the slots didn’t help. He’s still getting that buzzing when he plays.
So we’re at a bit of a loss as to what to try next. Any thoughts?