#1
Okay, here isthe situation. I am one of the ghetto guitar players around here (RG-120 on a 25 or so year old crate SS amp) and I recently made an adjustment that I felt at the time was needed. I eas getting some buzz on the low E string at about the 7th or 8th fret, whenever I picked/strummed at a high volume.

Now I am a relative newbie at setting up a guitar, so my solution was to raise the bridge a couple turns on that side. Since my bridge was sitting uneven to begin with (like I said, newbie to it all and I set it up all myself) I figured that would help, and it did. No more buzz.

Now for those who don't own an RG-120, the trem on it is, to say the least, touchy. But amazingly enough, after I retuned post change, everything stayed stable. Until...

A common problem occurred, one I have had on many cheap guitars. Namely, the low E string seems slightly out of tone no matter what I do. I can either play it open and it sound in tune, or I can play it as part of a chord (G for example) and it sounds a mite sharp. If I tune it to sound right when played in a chord, it sounds a mite flat open.

I even went so far as to capo the third fret and see what happens. To my surprise, with it capo's it sounds prefect both "open" and in a chord.

Anyone more knowledgeable round here know A) why this is happening, and B) what I can do to rectify the situation? I am willing to do anything up to adjusting the truss rod myself, although I fail to see how that would be an issue here. but for the rest, I want to learn how to get it set perfectly on my own.

Any thoughts or ideas would be greatly appreciated.
#2
Your intonation is probably off. The slot in the nut may be too deep or something like that.

It sounds like you should take it into a guitar shop for a full set up.
Will says:
DON'T FEAR THE REAPER!
- SmarterChild - says:
I don't know if I can help it.

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