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Re: Rickenbacker bass neck - Right amount of relief

Postby (iiipopes) » Thu May 16, 2019 9:20 am

The nature of an electric bass being what it is, especially if the instrument has very sensitive pickups, is such that if all fret buzz or fret slap is eliminated completely, then the action may have to be so high as to render the bass difficult to play. Ironically, this is the exact opposite of a double bass, where without frets, the action can be lower than most people think, limited only by the string excursion slapping the fingerboard. The urban legend that a double bass is difficult to play due to high action comes from instruments that are not set up properly. Even with fretless electric basses, some of the signature "m-wah" tone comes from the strings vibrating against the fingerboard when a player "digs in" as well as the slight imprecision of (technical term) stopping the strings at pitch without the benefit of frets, which also softens the articulation.
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Re: Rickenbacker bass neck - Right amount of relief

Postby (cheyenne) » Thu May 16, 2019 1:47 pm

All my basses have to have a certain "feel" for me. Higher action to compensate for fret buzz is not an option. If I cant get it to set up right, I get rid of it.

I've always approached fret buzz as kind of "effect"..I can play my basses without buzz, but sometimes I'll dig in certain notes for that effect. I think Squire was the king of this.
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Re: Rickenbacker bass neck - Right amount of relief

Postby (bassduke49) » Thu May 16, 2019 4:18 pm

To me, that "fret buzz" is kinda the baby brother to the "slap" or "pop" or "funk" bass style, where you intentionally produce an aggressive tone by over-striking the strings. I can play it smooth without buzz, or I can add that little bit of grind, or I can blow the drummer off his throne with a good pull of the G string – actually did this once! 8)
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Re: Rickenbacker bass neck - Right amount of relief

Postby (admin) » Fri May 17, 2019 8:49 am

Paul, good points. Interesting if not provocative comments. :lol:
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