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Old 01-27-2013, 10:12 PM   #1
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Harsh noise from one fret

My new guitar (ESP Horizon) has just revealed itself to be less than perfect. If I strike the high E string more than softly while fretting the eight fret, I get a very harsh sounding note. Every other string/fret is fine. Is this due to an imperfection in my new baby? I noticed this while working on some scale exercises, and it wasn't there two days ago when I last practiced.

Is this something I can fix myself?
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:03 PM   #2
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Sounds like it could be a high fret. Here's a thread about the same thing: http://www.ultimate-guitar.com/foru...d.php?t=1585069

Read through it and try the rocker method I recommended to check for a high fret.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:27 PM   #3
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Checked the fret using a credit card as a straight edge, and it doesn't rock. Checked several other spots, and they all feel the same.
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Old 01-27-2013, 11:31 PM   #4
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Hmmmm...could be a sympathetic rattle from somewhere. Check the tuners to see if any of the nuts and washers are loose. Also check the bridge and and electronics/knobs. If you can produce the noise and touch something to see if it stops, do that on everything.
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:09 AM   #5
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I don't think it's a rattle. I checked everything. Also, the string is harsh when the guitar is unplugged, too.

I'm gonna take it to the tech at the store where I got it, I guess.
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Old 01-31-2013, 06:43 PM   #6
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My new guitar (ESP Horizon) has just revealed itself to be less than perfect. If I strike the high E string more than softly while fretting the eight fret, I get a very harsh sounding note. Every other string/fret is fine. Is this due to an imperfection in my new baby? I noticed this while working on some scale exercises, and it wasn't there two days ago when I last practiced.

Is this something I can fix myself?


Is your bridge well-aligned? If it's a Floyd Rose trem bridge, the bridge may be leaning too far forward or back. I'd also check the truss rod.
Speaking of which, I gotta do that myself. I've been having the same issue for a while for this reason and I've just been too lazy to fix it lol.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:40 PM   #7
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I took it back to the store, and my guy adjusted the truss rod, which fixed the problem.
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