So, I've seen lots of complaints about buzzing in my search through the subreddit, and the one thing I realized is that every situation seems to be unique. To that end, I'm gonna give as much info here as I can to figure out what the hell is going on.
As the title says, I just moved. I mean that– my first night in the new place was yesterday. I brought my bass over alone, in my car, supposedly secured.
Well, I guess I must have fucked something up.
I picked up my bass to play it today. First thing I realized was that every string was about a full-step sharp. The second was that, even after I re-tuned it, it was buzzing. The noise gets worse as you get to the higher strings. Only the B-String doesn't vibrate at all. The others buzz whether or not it's hooked up to an amp, and whether I'm playing an open string or holding down a fret.
Now for some other details;
- I play a 5-string Yamaha RBX A2.
- I don't know what strings I have on it. I'll explain that in a second.
- I played for a few years, then stopped for two years while I was in college. Been playing again for a couple months (same bass guitar). It had this same problem (albeit worse) when I first picked it up a couple of months ago.
- The bass was never shoved in storage during those two years of downtime. It was in its case, in my bedroom, as I stared at it and felt wanting and guilty.
- I fixed it last time by bringing it to a music shop. The guy adjusted it. He also threw in some new strings. Didn't have the presence of mind to ask what kind. I know. My bad.
- This may or may not be relevant. At least, it'll help me learn something; years back, I didn't learn too much about handling the construction and adjustment of the bass, outside of tuning. Why? Because I was a narrow-minded student only interested in technique. Back then, my Bass teacher messed with some of the mechanics of this bass. After he did, it felt way more comfortable to play. It was easier to hold down strings, all that jazz. It just felt… right. I have no idea what the hell he did. It wasn't a matter of practice– I was a good bassist in terms of technique, but his adjustment was like flipping a switch. It was like going from using a keyboard with a few missing keys to a working one. But, after I got the bass repaired a couple months ago, it didn't have this feel to it. I desperately want it to feel like that again. Sorry for how god-damn stupid this last statement sounds. I'll take the beratement along with the much belated education.
So, with all of that said– if someone could help me out with this, that'd be awesome. I'm more than happy to be directed to some reading materials and how-to's on this issue. Youtube videos, articles, whatever. Especially if you can figure out what my old bass teacher did and how to re-do that. If you need any more info, please let me know.
Oh, and to everyone who may be tempted to ask why I don't bring it back to a music shop– because I want to learn how to fix this on my own instead of being a lazy bass guitar student like I used to be.