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Old 01-20-2013, 10:17 AM   #9581
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ok first measure the neck's relief.

fret the Lowest string at the first fret, at the same time,
fret the Lowest string at the last fret, where the neck and body meet. ~19th.

with both places held, look at the middle frets, ~7-9th.

where does the string sit...

does it lay on the middle frets there?
can you fit a thin pick under the string there?
can you fit more?

measure and post back.
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:15 AM   #9582
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Ok, using the steps you gave me, the height of the string at the 8th fret was about the thickness of a credit card, while the height at the 7th and 9th fret were just a little bit thinner than a credit card.

thanks for helping! looking forward to the rest of the steps
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Old 01-20-2013, 10:00 PM   #9583
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Ok, using the steps you gave me, the height of the string at the 8th fret was about the thickness of a credit card, while the height at the 7th and 9th fret were just a little bit thinner than a credit card.

thanks for helping! looking forward to the rest of the steps



sounds like you have a lot of gap already.

sometimes with alternate tunings and thicker gauges you need to extra room for buzz free playing.

you can try raising action at the bridge.
tiny allen wrench to lower the two pegs on each saddle,
to raise the saddle higher.

this might help if the buzz isnt at the first few frets.

sometimes thicker strings cut into the nut. the deeper
slots cause open string buzzing.

if raising the action doesnt help, you can try slipping a bit of paper under the string, in the cut of the nut to lift it.
see if that helps.
if it does, then post back for a more permanent solution.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:17 AM   #9584
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I raised the string heights and now I can bend fluently on every string and get clean notes on each fret, now the only problem is there is a slight buzz on the open A string (or G as I am in D standard...) but it is hardly noticeable, especially while plugged in. In terms of play-ability it feels and plays exactly how I want, and the process of raising the strings really gave a lot of insight on how the instrument functions mechanically, thanks for the help that was much, much, much easier than I thought it would be.

Is there anything I can do about the minor buzzing of the open string? Is it because I am playing in D standard or is it another problem? Regardless I can live with it for now; again, thanks for the help!
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:50 AM   #9585
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with the open string, you can just try lifting it a little by placing a bit of paper under the string in the cut of the nut.
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Old 01-22-2013, 02:46 PM   #9586
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Hey guys. I don't know shit about setting up a guitar.

If I want to bend 1 and a half steps, hell even 1 step with the E I hit the B and it becomes a unison bend. It's not my technique, well technically of course it is, I can concentrate and it wont happen as much but I need to dig in unnaturally and it's not comfortable.

I do think the action's too low for me. It doesn't happen with my other guitars and the bridge saddle on the E does seem very low. Can anyone confirm?



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Old 01-22-2013, 05:18 PM   #9587
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if it feels too low to you, then you can raise individual strings to preference, by just using a tiny allen wrench on the pegs in each saddle.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:50 PM   #9588
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Does that look low to you? And is what I said a symptom or trait of a low action?

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Old 01-22-2013, 06:34 PM   #9589
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I think it's the strings. I put the same brand, Daddario 10s on both guitars and the same thing is happening.

Gonna go to the guitar shop tmw and see what the shit is going on. I think it's just the type of string, maybe the gauge or just me not used to it.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:22 PM   #9590
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no way to tell your action.

but I can see that the bridge looks a little
lifted at its ass end.

if it is, (if it's a trem) then you'll want to make sure the bridge is balanced.
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:45 PM   #9591
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got some questions
So my tele has some weird sitar (citar?) noises coming from around the 12th fret and it also has some sharp fret edges.

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daddario .11s btw
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:44 PM   #9592
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is the noise fret buzz? does it transmit thru the amp?

check out the first page to check some common setup steps.
then post back wt questions.

as for the rough edges.
google what you'll need to file them.
or take the guitar in for fretwork.
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Old 01-23-2013, 11:17 AM   #9593
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cool, thanks. there's some fret buzz and it only sometimes comes through the amp.
I may just take it back in cuz im sick and lazy. thanks for the help though
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:35 PM   #9594
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ok but it might just be a screw turn.

most new guitars need a little setup to play their best.
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Old 01-24-2013, 10:51 PM   #9595
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I always use some pencil lead on the saddles when I restring, but I've never tried it on the nut. I'll give that a shot when I restring it.


Hey Jenny, just an update on this deal. It's been a few days now, but I tried your advice and lubricated the string contact points at the nut on this guitar. As it turns out my problem with the tuning stability on the higher strings was likely caused by me tightening the tuner locks too much. The 3rd string snapped at the tuner. So I restrung and put pencil lead at the nut, didn't overtighten the locks, stretched the new strings thoroughly, and it is much better now. A lot more stable than it used to be on all strings. Thanks for the advice!

This also led me to another question. My Ibanez Universe stays in tune perfectly until I use the whammy bar. Do you think lubricating the locking nut would help this? I think the bridge is just ever-so-slightly low at the back, so I'll need to reset that too, but I was just wondering if you thought a little pencil lead under the locks would be a good idea. Thanks again.
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Can someone help me with my current guitar? Whenever I tune to drop d, the guitar goes out of tune? I have a Peavey Raptor Plus EXP, I think it might be the bridge but I am not sure and don't want to do anything that might damage the guitar. It has a Stratocaster style bridge which I recently bought and fitted an arm to.
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Hey Jenny, just an update on this deal. It's been a few days now, but I tried your advice and lubricated the string contact points at the nut on this guitar. As it turns out my problem with the tuning stability on the higher strings was likely caused by me tightening the tuner locks too much. The 3rd string snapped at the tuner. So I restrung and put pencil lead at the nut, didn't overtighten the locks, stretched the new strings thoroughly, and it is much better now. A lot more stable than it used to be on all strings. Thanks for the advice!

This also led me to another question. My Ibanez Universe stays in tune perfectly until I use the whammy bar. Do you think lubricating the locking nut would help this? I think the bridge is just ever-so-slightly low at the back, so I'll need to reset that too, but I was just wondering if you thought a little pencil lead under the locks would be a good idea. Thanks again.



glad to hear you sorted out the first guitar,

the second will need to be balanced.
open the trem cavity and loosen the trem screws if the
bridge is dipping ass end into the guitar.

and yes, lubing the string contact points in that guitar should help a lot too.
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Can someone help me with my current guitar? Whenever I tune to drop d, the guitar goes out of tune? I have a Peavey Raptor Plus EXP, I think it might be the bridge but I am not sure and don't want to do anything that might damage the guitar. It has a Stratocaster style bridge which I recently bought and fitted an arm to.



you need to make sure the bridge is stable.
not lifted up or sunk into the body.

when you change tunings the pull at the bridge changes and throws the guitar out of tune.

if you are going to change tunings a lot, then you'll need to temporarily block the bridge.

you can do this by adding the max amount of springs in the cavity, to prevent almost any bridge movement,

here's a pic from the first page of this thread.




or by putting a small block of wood in the cavity to prevent the bridge from moving at all.
here's an image i stole quick off google,
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