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 Post subject: Re: Buzzing E string
 Post Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:28 am 
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We haven't gotten together yet, though we're only about five miles from each other. As for the buzzing string, make sure your neck is absolutely flat (no bow). Adjust the truss rods if necessary. Then set your bridge height for best action with no buzz. Finally, set your intonation.


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 Post subject: Re: Buzzing E string
 Post Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:32 am 
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There's more tips and info on this in the thread 'Professional Job Or Do It Yourself' on this topic's page.


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 Post subject: Re: Buzzing E string
 Post Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 8:51 am 
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unless you lowered the height of your bridge recently, the dreaded low E buzz will pretty much always be one of three things:

1. frets need dressing, leveling or both
2. new nut is needed as the string slots are worn too low.
3. neck needs more relief

(or any combo of the above)

raising the bridge is often more of a work around than a fix.

generally speaking, if your low E is at or higher than 3/32" over the 12th fret (4/32" for bass) then i suggest don't you raise the bridge. unless you spefically want high action for slide or a certain tone...


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 Post subject: Re: Buzzing E string
 Post Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 9:42 am 
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unless you lowered the height of your bridge recently, the dreaded low E buzz will pretty much always be one of three things:

1. frets need dressing, leveling or both
2. new nut is needed as the string slots are worn too low.
3. neck needs more relief

(or any combo of the above)

raising the bridge is often more of a work around than a fix.

generally speaking, if your low E is at or higher than 3/32" over the 12th fret (4/32" for bass) then i suggest don't you raise the bridge. unless you spefically want high action for slide or a certain tone...


What are you using to measure the distance off of the fret a ruler or automotive type feeler gauge. (something else)


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 Post subject: Re: Buzzing E string
 Post Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 9:52 am 
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as hesitant as i am to promote stewmac products... i use one of these:

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tools/Measu ... Gauge.html

i'm sure there are many cheaper alternatives but that thing is pretty handy...


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 Post subject: Re: Buzzing E string
 Post Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 10:04 am 
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as hesitant as i am to promote stewmac products... i use one of these:

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Tools/Measu ... Gauge.html

i'm sure there are many cheaper alternatives but that thing is pretty handy...


WOW, $19 bucks. I have a set of feeler gauges but I have found them a little difficult to use. I have looked around hardware type stores for other options but have not found anything that seems suitable. Thanks for the idea though.


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 Post subject: Re: Buzzing E string
 Post Posted: Thu Nov 09, 2006 10:13 am 
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yeah. about 60% of stewmac's stuff is shamelessly overpriced. but they are the big name in guitar repair stuff.

they do a good job processing orders and shipping fast.

not all their prices are bad either - i order all my fret wire from them.

i'm glad they are there - even though erlewine's infomercial how-to DVDs (which he charges heaps of cash for) make me wanna jump off a bridge. i was trying to learn from those evil things for awhile til i got smart and went to a luthier school.


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 Post subject: Re: Buzzing E string
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 1:05 am 
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Yeah sorry Kris. My work is what is actually near you; and keeping me away from you. Oracle conversion. Need I say more? Will be over soon.


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 Post subject: Re: Buzzing E string
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 1:38 am 
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generally speaking, if your low E is at or higher than 3/32" over the 12th fret (4/32" for bass) then i suggest don't you raise the bridge. unless you spefically want high action for slide or a certain tone...
I'm not a fan of setup by the numbers but these differ from our recommendations.

For guitar on the bass side, we recommend 5/64ths, and 3/64ths on the treble.

For bass on the bass side, we recommend 6/64ths and 4/64ths.

For fretless bass, we use the average of bass side 7/64ths and 6/64th on the treble.

(It's traditional to give these figures in 64ths)


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 Post subject: Re: Buzzing E string
 Post Posted: Wed Nov 15, 2006 11:04 pm 
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"For guitar on the bass side, we recommend 5/64ths, and 3/64ths on the treble."

Mr Hall, is that measured at the 12th fret or the 21st?


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