#1
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?
Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster
Epiphone Sheraton II, Seymour Duncan Jazz and '59.
ESP Horizon NT II
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
Mesa 5:50 Express
Egnator Rebel 30
Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18
#3
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.
Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster
Epiphone Sheraton II, Seymour Duncan Jazz and '59.
ESP Horizon NT II
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
Mesa 5:50 Express
Egnator Rebel 30
Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18
#4
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.
#5
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.
Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster
Epiphone Sheraton II, Seymour Duncan Jazz and '59.
ESP Horizon NT II
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
Mesa 5:50 Express
Egnator Rebel 30
Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18
#6
Quote by Silver Hilton
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.
#7
I took it back to the store, and my guy adjusted the truss rod, which fixed the problem.
Fender American Deluxe Stratocaster
Epiphone Sheraton II, Seymour Duncan Jazz and '59.
ESP Horizon NT II
Epiphone Les Paul Custom
Mesa 5:50 Express
Egnator Rebel 30
Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18