#1
I know i'm brand new to the world of guitars but i'm trying to learn'

picked up a Epiphone Zakk Wylde Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar Bulls-Eye (for insanely cheap) just needs new strings and has an issue

high E string, 17th,18th,19th, frets all sound the same and they are not the right note but a very high note almost like a harmonic

which leads me to belive the fret itself is not flat
but the string is old and has some stuff stuck to it on the bottom

if i need to take it to a shop/luthier?? how much would that be about

I live in houston so im sure there are plenty of guitar shops around - just dont want them to think i dropped a 1k bill on this guitar
#2
Don't care about what people think of you... You're your own! That said, I would advice you to go to a shop, let someone that knows what he's doing take care of it. It's going to cost, but it's going to be a good job they do.
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#4
pics?


if it was insanely cheap....


maybe just raise your action?

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#6
could be anything from a bad string to a bad fret, to too low of action on one side or even your neck is becoming warped.
Go to a Guitar tech for analyzing.
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#7
Raise your action most likely. Just take it to a shop and let them examine it. Those guys know that not everyone knows how to maintain their guitar anyways. My former GrassRoots guitar had the same problem. They fixed it in a few minutes. XD
#10
thats real mate


great guitars!

just get it setup

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#11
thanks just trying to get a feed on how much it'll cost to setup
i can either goto this small music shop or the giganto guitar center
#12
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thanks just trying to get a feed on how much it'll cost to setup
i can either goto this small music shop or the giganto guitar center

Tbh, it doesn't cost much wherever you go. MAXIMUM is $50 but chances are it'll cost around $15 - $20 for a setup.
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#13
i watched a utube video on how to raise/lower the action

really looks like it takes 5mins, should i give that a shot before hitting the shop up or too easy to throw it off balance?
#14
Quote by bigmarky
i watched a utube video on how to raise/lower the action

really looks like it takes 5mins, should i give that a shot before hitting the shop up or too easy to throw it off balance?

Depends on how confident you feel in yourself.
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#15
i'll try it out this evening, really looking forward to playing and i need the 17th fret on the high e to play my tab!!!!!! arrgh :p
#16
to raise the action slightly do i just turn the flat head screw to the right of the e saddle or the bridge

or do i have to use the top nut behind the label

sorry for the newb questions
#17


turn thumbscrew, pointed to by red arrows.
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#18
awesome thank u for the pic, one more nub question
do i need to adjust both or just the one on the right

sorry, just want to be careful

so to raise the action on the high e string
turn counterclockwise on the right thumbscrew

i really do appreciate yalls help
#19
you cant mess it up.

you'll want a relatively level bridge.
so use your judgment, but keep it as level as possible.
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you cant mess it up.

you'll want a relatively level bridge.
so use your judgment, but keep it as level as possible.

BS, you can't mess it up. My first ibanez is destroyed because when I was a n00b, I tried to tune it to C standard with 9 gauge strings. Now, it buzzes everywhere, one of the pivots won't turn into the guitar and the metal on the tremolo is degrading.
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awesome thank u for the pic, one more nub question
do i need to adjust both or just the one on the right

sorry, just want to be careful

so to raise the action on the high e string
turn counterclockwise on the right thumbscrew

i really do appreciate yalls help

Try just with the one closest to the High e, then try it out, if everything sounds good, you're finished.
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#21
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BS, you can't mess it up. My first ibanez is destroyed because when I was a n00b, I tried to tune it to C standard with 9 gauge strings. Now, it buzzes everywhere, one of the pivots won't turn into the guitar and the metal on the tremolo is degrading.

Try just with the one closest to the High e, then try it out, if everything sounds good, you're finished.



you can not mess up moving the bridge up a little.

it was a very specific answer to a very specific question.

what you did to your guitar has nothing to do with this thread topic.
you're saying bs to the wrong person. pay attention to the questions.
and dont give bad advice.
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#22
relax, no drama please

better to air on the side of caution

so after watching a few utube vids

most ppl just unscrew the flat head on the bridge...
i tried turning the knob thing and its pretty stiff and wont budge (and im not that weak)

i dont have a flat head that actually fits into that slotted flat head screw

grumble.
#23
Quote by bigmarky
relax, no drama please

better to air on the side of caution

so after watching a few utube vids

most ppl just unscrew the flat head on the bridge...
i tried turning the knob thing and its pretty stiff and wont budge (and im not that weak)

i dont have a flat head that actually fits into that slotted flat head screw

grumble.



use a flathead that fits. and when ready, detune a bit first.
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#24
i used a tshirt to cover a pair of pliers and loosened the knob about 1 full turn very slowly stopping every quarter turn and letting it rest

the action is obviously higher now but the frets are back
#25
Quote by bigmarky
i used a tshirt to cover a pair of pliers and loosened the knob about 1 full turn very slowly stopping every quarter turn and letting it rest

the action is obviously higher now but the frets are back



if it feels too high, and you want to measure the neck's relief, then let me know.
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#26
for now im just so happy to play and have those frets back

it is very due for a 50 dollar make over (setup/inotation reset/strings etc)

ty yall for the help
#27
Quote by bigmarky
for now im just so happy to play and have those frets back

it is very due for a 50 dollar make over (setup/inotation reset/strings etc)

ty yall for the help



ok, if you change your mind, there's a setup thread at the top of the page for questions.
Jenneh

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#28
really stupid question but

are the emgs on the guitar passive or active?

how do u know without opening it up to look for a battery?


*************Do not be fooled into playing an Epiphone Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Custom, as the pickups in this guitar are neither EMG-81’s or EMG-85’s. They are actually passive pickups, specifically the EMG-HZ4’s, which are similar, but not the same.
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#29
question: is it JUST! the 17th, 18th and 19th fret? or does it also extend to to 20th-22nd fret? cause maybe the neck pickup is a tad too high, and its cutting off the string when fretted there. lower your neck pickup a tad.
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#30
oh i already fixed that issue, i raised the action on the high E side, and my frets came back

i was just asking about the pickups - which i seemed to answer my own question

i got the guitar on some dudes moving sale for 250bux so i've been pretty happy with it for wut i paid for it