I bought an Epiphone Goth G-400 used a couple weeks ago and there's a weird problem with it. On the 17th fret, mainly the top three strings, when played I hear the initial note very poorly and it dies quickly. It makes a weird noise (like a buzz of some sort) and I can't figure out why the note won't sustain at all. If I pick the 15th fret and bend to 17 the note immediately dies. When I bought the guitar it didn't do this but came with I think DRs which I like but they were very old so I went to my local guitar store (where they have a very limited selection) and got Ernie Ball Power Slinkys. Anyways does anybody know why this happens its very annoying as it fvcks up just about every solo I play. Please help!
It sounds alot like your frets are worn out, mabye you should replace them
or maybe adjust the action?
I had the same problem on my old Epiphone SG at the 14th fret on the D string. It happened when I was restringing it, I took the bridge off for the first time, as I didn't know it could be taken off before, so I could clean underneath it. After i was done and the new strings on I started having problems with that fret and I think a few other to a lesser extent. I tried everything to fix it but I think the guitar is just fuc.ked and there's nothing that can be done unless you get professional help.
I guess I'll have to take it to a guitar repair store. Hopefully they can fix it. If not its going back on craigslist and I'm gonna look for an epi explorer?