My housemate has bought a fender bass just a few months ago and it has been all good out the box. All of a sudden it's started to be unplayable on the e string at around the 5th to 7th fret. Other string seem fine.
Is it likely to be a saddle problem as it's only one string? Could it be a neck bow or even worse a twist? Would either of those actually likely to happen quite literally overnight?
I'm going to have a better look at it tomorrow so just any ideas of what to look out for/check /try to fix would be greatly appreciated. My actual skillset at this whole thing is quite low. But would be good to have an idea what he would need fixing. With it being less than 12 months old I'd guess he could easily take it back to the shop?
Okay a quick update and a new question to go with...
A combination of quarter turn of the truss road and height adjustment of the e string saddles as made the bass sound relatively rattle free (acoustically) and so assuming all will sound good through an amp which I'll check tomorrow.
I noticed as putting the bass away, he's using a stagg hardcase which the bass fits in fine but the pocket mid neck was rather full and the lid may have added a bit of pressure there mid neck - is this likely a cause of the problem and if so, should the truss rod adjustment be enough to have fixed that?
I know these adjustments will have messed up the intonation and so I'll reccomend it getting set up at some point. But hoping he hasn't fudged it with his case!