#1
Lately my epi les paul has been buzzing a lot in all of the non-wound strings. It was fine a few weeks ago when i bought it, but now there is a lot of buzz and is bothersome. Would putting on slightly lighter strings, which i plan on anyway soon, or something else? Any suggestions?
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#2
I think putting on lighter strings would make the buzzing worse, as the neck would relax and flatten more. I think the problem is either you just need to raise the saddle or have the truss rod adjusted.
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#3
you can try adjusting the screws on teh bridge itself, or the screws that are behind each individual string if you just want a certain string altered
#4
you could raise the action slightly
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#5
so would you all recommend getting this professionally set up w/ the new strings so it is done right? i dont want to screw it up.
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#6
if you've tried raising it yourself and it hasn't stopped the buzzing then yes
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#7
i dont have a truss rod tool and i dont really know how to properly adjust the nut or the screws on the bridge
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i dont have a truss rod tool and i dont really know how to properly adjust the nut or the screws on the bridge


Yeah, if you're not familiar with doing this stuff, take it to your local shop and have them do it.
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#9
ok, how much would that cost do you think?
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#10
Where I live in Cleveland having a guitar set up generally costs about 35 bucks that includes new strings. As a general rule the best thing to do for a new guitar is take it and have it set up.
#11
1. lighter strings will buzz more because the neck will relax under less tension.

2, no need to touch the truss rod

3. action is adjusted at the bridge.



detune a bit, and loosen the screws on the top of the bridge posts.

then lift the bridge by turning the thumb screws, pointed to by red arrows, and tighten it all up again.
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#12
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you can try adjusting the screws on teh bridge itself, or the screws that are behind each individual string if you just want a certain string altered



just so you know, those little screws adjust the string length, not action.

so if you thought a string was out of tune at the 12th fret, you would slightly turn that small screw to tune at the 12th.
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1. lighter strings will buzz more because the neck will relax under less tension.

2, no need to touch the truss rod

3. action is adjusted at the bridge.



detune a bit, and loosen the screws on the top of the bridge posts.

then lift the bridge by turning the thumb screws, pointed to by red arrows, and tighten it all up again.



would you recommend that to a complete noob at working on a guitar? i mean complete noob. I have been playing for a little under a year, and have only changed my strings once or twice by myself, lol. How easy is adjusting the bridge?
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#14
Actually, it's beneficial for you to learn at some point. Since a tuneomatic bridge has a fixed radius, you're actually safer doing this than you would be on a strat, for example, as you're not going to wreck the radius (curvature of the strings) at the bridge by neglecting to adjust the other saddles. The whole thing raises and lowers as a unit. If it doesn't suit you, you can always lower it back down again.

It's probably due to climate changes, it happens in wintertime, more noticeably on some instruments than others. You may very well need a neck relief (truss rod) adjsutment, but that's not usually the first place I'd start if I didn't have any experience. Go ahead and try the action adjustment Jenny suggested. It's relatively easy and isn't going to hurt anything even if it's not the actual problem or you do it wrong. If that doesn't work out for you, then yeah, I'd think about taking it into a shop and having it done right.
#16
I wrap my strings around my tail piece, like a bunch of blues players, and drop the bridge down. It gets rid of all the buzz and makes string bending smoother.
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#18
ok, i will try that bridge adjustment. seems easy enough and its hard to screw up you say?
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#19
yeah it's hard to screw up, and eventually you will need to do it urself.

but as always it's up to you to decide...
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#20
thanks for all the help everyone
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