#1
So I've restrung my acoustic guitar, normally don't have any problems. This time though, I've tried re-stringing twice now, certain frets just don't produce any sound, just somewhat clicks, and some of them make a sound, but it ain't pretty, while most of the other frets, are fine. The issues seem to be happening most towards the 8th freth and on towards the 18-19th. Any ideas how to fix this, or is my guitar just too crappy?
#3
Sounds to me like you may have let the bridge fall out and some of the shims fell out also. You put the bridge back in and don't see the shims on the floor and next thing you know the strings are touching the frets and they all buzz. Take it to the guitar store and have them set it up Bridge height has to be correct so you won't be able to do it yourself. Cost is about $45
#4
Quote by Guitar Hack
Sounds to me like you may have let the bridge fall out and some of the shims fell out also. You put the bridge back in and don't see the shims on the floor and next thing you know the strings are touching the frets and they all buzz. Take it to the guitar store and have them set it up Bridge height has to be correct so you won't be able to do it yourself. Cost is about $45

That's a terrible suggestion. You can do this yourself at practically no cost. Bridge height and action are all a matter of preference, so he should adjust it until he's comfortable with it. Read the thread that LD posted.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#5
The Bridge seems to be in place, and the strings don't seem to be touching the fret at all, only when I push down does it make that odd clicking noise or just, out of tune sound.
#6
Frank, did you happen to change string gauge when you just restrung it? I'm curious because of your description of where the noise is coming from on the neck. Usually, problems with the frets that high up can be nailed down directly to action. The nut height will affect action up around frets 1-8, while the saddle height will affect it from 9 on down to the end. So problems around the 8th fret down towards the 18th and 19th would tell me it's something to do with the bridge/saddle combo.
Do this. Put a capo on at fret #1. Now fret the low E string at the last fret of the board. Try to slip a credit card under the string in the middle of where it's being held down by the capo and your other hand. The card should just barely fit under the string and tops of the frets. If so, it's telling me that the neck relief is ok, and there's no need for an adjustment of the truss rod.
If by chance you can't get the card to go in at all, or worse yet, the string is already touching the frets before you can even get the card close, let me know.
I'll watch for your reply.
#7
Well Lefty Dave, it's a tight squeeze for the card near the 8th-9th fret, and doesn't really go anywhere beyond the 11th fret. I might just have to bring into the shop and see what they can do. I'm using the same gauge I've always used also.
#8
Actually, that's promising news. See, neck relief will cause the fretboard to have a slight inward bow to it. Concave. So naturally the gap would be less out toward the edges than it would be in the middle. Since you stated that you could indeed get a credit card in under the strings, even if it was just barely, it tells me that you have some relief. I'd be worried if there was no space under the strings at all, or if they were all touching. That would require a truss adjustment for sure.
Is your guitar an acoustic/electric by chance? And if so, does it have a piezo under saddle pickup? Also, did you have the saddle out of it's slot in the bridge at all during the restring?
Check that the saddle is installed in the proper orientation. It should be lower on the high E side than the low E side, and curved along the top edge. The bottom edge should be absolutely flat so that it makes positive contact with the routed slot in the bridge. If you've got an under saddle pickup, it might be a good idea to make sure there isn't any debris in the slot that could mess up the saddle height.
Some acoustics could have shims under the saddle, but preferrably not. I'm not keen on shimming. I'll replace a saddle long before I choose to shim one up to gain action height. It's that contact issue again.
Hopefully some of these pointers will help you nail down what's wrong. I'm curious. Let me know pls.
#9
It's just a regular Baron acoustic, probably a no-name brand guitar, spent about 200-250 on it, nothing much. Everything bridge wise seems to be unchanged. I'll try to find batteries for my camera and post a pick of the bridge and neck, who knows, maybe you guys will see something I don't.
#10
Quote by Chad48309
That's a terrible suggestion. You can do this yourself at practically no cost. Bridge height and action are all a matter of preference, so he should adjust it until he's comfortable with it. Read the thread that LD posted.



Yeah but if you don't know what your doing you won't get the intonation set correctly. The bridge height and the saddle have to be in proper sync in order for the string length to be proper. To long and too short and the string may be in tune on the second fret but not on the 8th or vice versa. You can't just willy nilly change the height of the bridge until you know where it's supposed to be and you have to know what your doing.
#11
Quote by Guitar Hack
Yeah but if you don't know what your doing you won't get the intonation set correctly. The bridge height and the saddle have to be in proper sync in order for the string length to be proper. To long and too short and the string may be in tune on the second fret but not on the 8th or vice versa. You can't just willy nilly change the height of the bridge until you know where it's supposed to be and you have to know what your doing.

How is one supposed to know unless they read and attempt it for themselves? He's not going to kill the guitar by trying, and the cost isn't going to be much different than having it done in the shop if he screws it up. He has nothing to lose.

Changing bridge height is not some big secret.
Sincerely, Chad.
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#12
+1^ i just did my own first saddle and now set my own neck relief it really isnt rocket science if you understand some fundemental points. I would recomend trying to learn everything you can while you can itll save you money in the long run.