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Old 02-11-2013, 10:58 PM   #1
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"Muted" E string?

Hey UG,

There's a guitar at my local music store that's I've had my eye on for a while. It's a beautiful guitar that I see has a lot of potential to be a great guitar. It's got a beautiful rosewood neck, sides and back, ebony fretboard and AAA sitka spruce top. It's been sitting for a while and I know I can get a good price on it.

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guit...electric-guitar

There's a reason the guitar has been sitting though. The only problem that I could find is that the low E string (.56 gauge) sounds muted only when I play the open string and I can't seem to figure out why. The muted sound goes away when I fret the strings. My guess is that there isn't a proper angle behind the nut. Any ideas?

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Old 02-12-2013, 12:22 AM   #2
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Is there any buzz involved?
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Old 02-12-2013, 01:32 AM   #3
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Sounds like the nut slots aren't cut right.

Either that, or there is a high fret or maybe a high saddle that is causing the string to mute out.
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StonyMan has the right idea. Another option would be if the neck is slightly bowed or twisted causing the string to rest slightly on the first fret. That happened to me, just had to leave the neck clamped for a week or so.
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StonyMan has the right idea. Another option would be if the neck is slightly bowed or twisted causing the string to rest slightly on the first fret. That happened to me, just had to leave the neck clamped for a week or so.


Yeah, that too. Especially with acoustics. Gotta be careful when it comes the wood getting dried out.
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Sounds like the nut slots aren't cut right.

Either that, or there is a high fret or maybe a high saddle that is causing the string to mute out.

Check both of these things. You might even be able to get the store to check them for you, provided you make it conditional that they fix the muted low E upon your purchase. Hell, tell them it might even be reasonable for them to charge $20 or so extra (extra on the price I mean).
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Old 02-12-2013, 09:13 AM   #7
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Check both of these things. You might even be able to get the store to check them for you, provided you make it conditional that they fix the muted low E upon your purchase. Hell, tell them it might even be reasonable for them to charge $20 or so extra (extra on the price I mean).


Good idea. I'll have to go back and check what the nut and the relief look like. No buzzing involved, but I'll check for a high fret. It's the factory nut so it's surprising that it might not be cut right. Don't know why they would ship it off if it was busted. I know it's not from lack of humidity because the acoustic is in the humidified room. The guitar's been sitting at the shop for a while, do you think it has anything to do with the fact that it's been hanging on the hook and no one's really played it?
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