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    Possible Neck issue with my Stingray 4HH SLO

    Hello,

    I recently picked up a 2009 Stingray 4HH SLO via a private sale. I've always wanted one of these. The tonal variety, the neck profile....it's perfect. Except for the fact that the E string buzzes up and down on every fret. I've tried, to no avail, to get it to stop. Flatten neck, add relief, raise the saddle, change the string....nothing. I'm also experiencing some fret buzz on the A string at the higher registers. I'm thinking I could possibly have a ski jump issue. Kinda hard for me to tell with my eyes. So I've attached some pics of the neck from different angles. Can you guys see something that maybe I don't see? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. I really love the feel of this bass and want to get it playable. Thanks.
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    Last edited by Philthy; 09-11-2018 at 08:31 AM.
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    Did you check for high frets and worn frets? Have you checked the relief on the G and E strings?
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    Yes. No high frets. Relief on G and E (around 8th fret with first and fret where neck meets body pressed) is about .014.
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    0.014 is too little relief, try double that.

    Also, with the thinner neck, beware of
    pulling back on it with your arm as you
    fret your notes. It WILL flex if you tend
    to fret "Schwarzaneger" style :-)
    Last edited by Golem; 09-12-2018 at 06:24 PM.
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    I had that "flex" happen on a sterling neck. It was a maple fb one and seemed more susceptible to humidity changes. Only one out of 7 sterlings I have owned. Noticed it more sitting than standing.
    Last edited by five7; 09-12-2018 at 07:13 PM.

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    The action looks a bit high. Lower the saddles (press around fret 16) until the strings start to clanging at the upper fretts.
    Now lose the trussrod to get a bit of relief (as golem: 0.028 8th third fret and fret where neck meets body pressed).
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