#1
hey guys and gals I'm looking for some info and help on an electric guitar...

1st off I have ZERO guitar experience...and I mean NONE so be gentle please

My mom bought my son (7yr) an electric Guitar for xmas it looks JUST like this one..and I mean JUST like it.,...
http://www.guitarcenter.com/Squier-Bullet-Strat-with-Tremolo-104494315-i1385540.gc
BUT it does not have any badgeing at all so i'm thinking it is some kinda cheaper china knock off?(the price of his was pretty close to the squier I linked)

anyways it seems like the strings are vibrating or rattling no matter how tight or loose the strings are.....like the last few frets are too high or maybe the nut is cut to deep for the strings?? I'm pretty sure from what info I have found here that it needs to be taken to a pro for set-up and tuning....how much should a guy expect to pay for a full electric guitar set-up??

is there anything I can do myself before I take it to a pro?
do cheap strings cause rattling?
any other set-up advice?

thanks and sorry for the noobness
#2
seeing as how oyu have to guitar xperience a pro set up proabbaly seems like the best idea
and the prices can vary depending on what needs to be done

you can do most of it at home if you konw what your doing
first of all make sure the guitr is properly tuned(you cn buy a tuner for like 20 bucks or so and is important tool to have)
#3
Firstly the cost of the strings is irrelevant. Any strings will either cause or not cause fret buzz, from my experience with cheaper guitars, most fret buzz comes from a poor set-up but on occasion i've seen it due to poorly crafted necks, frets or nuts.

Without seeing pictures its hard to diagnose, but the strings shouldn't be too tight or too lose, as they are tuned to pitch, so the tightness of the strings at standard tuning will be the same for any guitar of the same scale.

I would suggest either enquiring if any friends/family/colleagues have experience with guitars and they might take a quick look over. A half decent set-up shouldn't take much longer than 20 minutes, and i feel that a professional would charge more than its worth.

Either way a 7yr old may lack the understanding to set-up a guitar themselves so learning the basics of tuning, changing strings and setting up simply things such as action and intonation (although a cheaper guitar will be difficult to achieve good intonation) yourself will prove invaluable and save money in the long run.
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#4
Yeah I have no problem learning how to do this stuff...
I guess I should have noted I had a coworker look it over today..he has about 1.5years of experience...he could not get the rattle or buzz I guess it's called? To go away..He was the one who thought it might need a new nut?? But he did not seem to sure either..he kinda made it sound like I should just buy a nut and install it my self. ??
He did have a nice digital tuner and I will be picking one up ASAP. !
#5
a new nut is difficult to install yourself. It requires specialist files.
Gear
-Shecter Omen 6 Extreme
-Yamaha JX20SC Acoustic
-Roland : Cube 80x
Wishlist
-Mbox recording hardware
-Fender Stratocaster (American Standard)
-Boss Overdrive pedal
#6
^ not really, I put a new nut on my 12 string, I just put a block of wood up against the old one gave it a tap with a hammer and it popped right off, then put a new one in its place with some wood glue and a pipe clamp with some padding on it