#1
On my epi les paul custom im having buzzing when i play certain frets only. Like on the Low E and A, everything above 12 buzzes. Similarly with the D and G strings, everything above 15 or so buzzes. On my high E , the 19th buzzes but above the 21st doesnt. Its been liek this since i bought it, I know it was dumb of me it was like 4 years ago and i had jsut starteed and was so excited to finally get a guitar i didnt really test the higher strings .My action has been lowered before. So am i looking at a total fret replacement? In that case, is a new guitar a better choice. Thanks
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I would take it to a guitar tech who knows what he's doing, to have it properly set up.
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#5
pretty much what everyone has said. take it to someone who knows guitars. if youre not confident in setting up your guitar and dont really know what youre doing you can just make the problem worse. it could be a neck issue as well.
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#7
check this site out if you want to get some tips on setting up your guitar. http://www.projectguitar.com/
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#8
OMG GUYS it isnt too lower action, and it isnt just ''take it to a guitar tech'' outright, although thats the end result.

Dude your problem is bad fret levelling. Now you can fix it yourself with a specialised tool, but like i said above it would be better to go to a guitar tech. However the shop will most likely send it away to get it like truly professionaly done, unless they have the gear and skill. At the shop they would most likely just basicaly sand it down using a tool. But if it gets sent away (or if they happen to have the gear at the shop) they will laser level them. They probably still grind them back, but it at least is prefectly level then.
#9
there`s too much bow in the neck try taking the relief out by loosening the truss rod 1/4 turn

obviously shredder408 only read the title and not the post,
#10
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OMG GUYS it isnt too lower action, and it isnt just ''take it to a guitar tech'' outright, although thats the end result.

Dude your problem is bad fret levelling. Now you can fix it yourself with a specialised tool, but like i said above it would be better to go to a guitar tech. However the shop will most likely send it away to get it like truly professionaly done, unless they have the gear and skill. At the shop they would most likely just basicaly sand it down using a tool. But if it gets sent away (or if they happen to have the gear at the shop) they will laser level them. They probably still grind them back, but it at least is prefectly level then.



If all the frets from 15 and up buzz it is either action or too much relief...
#11
Quote by shredder408
OMG GUYS it isnt too lower action, and it isnt just ''take it to a guitar tech'' outright, although thats the end result.

Dude your problem is bad fret levelling. Now you can fix it yourself with a specialised tool, but like i said above it would be better to go to a guitar tech. However the shop will most likely send it away to get it like truly professionaly done, unless they have the gear and skill. At the shop they would most likely just basicaly sand it down using a tool. But if it gets sent away (or if they happen to have the gear at the shop) they will laser level them. They probably still grind them back, but it at least is prefectly level then.


how pricey is that
#12
Quote by TheWatchtower
how pricey is that


You probably don´t need to have a fretleveling done. If you did though I would guess at about 100€/$/whatever

Bring it to a tech and ask for their assessment.
#13
Quote by TheWatchtower
how pricey is that


I don't know about the leveling. I just took one of my guitars to the local shop for a setup...he said it would be between 50-60 bucks including new strings.

I used the setup thread on UG to tweak my yardsale AXL and it worked out great. I just didn't want to screw up my new (used) Michael Kelly.
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#14
Quote by TheWatchtower
how pricey is that


It's probably not that.
The places you said it buzzed suggest that your action is just to low.

And the only reason you would adjust the truss rod is if the neck is bent, but what you said doesn't really describe a warped neck.


Just look and see if the guitars neck is bent, (hold the guitar at a 90 degree angle to your face, with the strings at eye level, and look strait down the neck to see if there is any curvature...)

If it is the action, then


turn what the red arrow is pointing to, counterclockwise.
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#15
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cool thanks guys



you know, setting up a guitar isnt hard in most cases, and is something that we all learn to do eventually.

sometimes it's as easy as turning a screw.

if you want to learn about this stuff, and get questions answered as you go, then stop by the UG set up thread located at the top of the page, or click the green link in my sig to go directly there.


imo, guys who insist on entering these types of threads, just to dissuade posters from adjusting their guitar, are usually afraid of making small adjustments, and shouldn't be listened to.
yes, there are times when guys should go to get a little help, but there's no reason to start out wt that attitude.

in your case;
i would ask, how fresh the strings are.
then
i would ask you to fret the first and last fret on the Low E string.
the last fret being where the neck and body meet.

with both places held, you'll want to look at the middle frets, and see if the string lays on the fretwire there.

you can answer these questions and post back if you wish.
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#16
Listen to JJ1565. Adjustments should always be checked/tried before you start making permanent changes like filing frets. Leveling frets on a badly adjusted neck (if that's the case) is the wrong approach. One reason action can be too low is the lower strings vibrate more and so need more clearance to avoid hitting the frets. Another common issue with Tune o matic bridges is the radius (curve) of the bridge isn't always a match to the fingerboard. This shows up mostly on the two centre strings (D & G). So you see you may have two separate issues that can give you some grief but can be adjusted to live with.
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#17
my neck looks like it is bent somewhat in. like )

Also, raised my action somewhat. It made a huge difference, almost every fret is now playable. I guess the next step is to get it setup so i can have lowered action and no buzzing
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#18
Quote by TheWatchtower
my neck looks like it is bent somewhat in. like )

Also, raised my action somewhat. It made a huge difference, almost every fret is now playable. I guess the next step is to get it setup so i can have lowered action and no buzzing



Well, that would be your problem then!

That is called having too much relief, if it is not bent enough then it is called not enough relief. If it goes so far as to be bend the other way then it would make the frets under 10 or so buzz instead of the higher frets. What you need is a truss rod adjustment. You can go to the set up thread and research about how to do that or you can go ahead and take it to a tech - it´s your choice.
#19
TS, let me ask you something: can you hear it through your amp? If not, then don't bother: all electric guitars have some degree of "buzz" because of the way they're set up, which is usually with quite low action. It would be an issue on acoustics, but on electrics, if you can't hear it through the amp, then it's not worth fixing (unless it buggers your sustain, but if it does it's probably more than just a buzz).

Anyway, if you can hear it through your amp, then get it set up at a shop. I got my guitar set up the other week, and now it plays like a dream.