Fret Buzz: Adjust neck relief or bridge height first?
Lately I've been reading up a bit on DIY setup and really want to learn this stuff. I thought my fixed bridge guitar (Ibanez SZ320EX) would make a suitable candidate to start with, not only for the simplicity of the fixed bridge but also because it does have a minor issue that needs resolution. (BTW, this guitar is completely stock, no modification or prior setup).
My SZ has had an annoying string buzz since day one. Its mainly in 1st position and most pronounced on the 5th and 6th strings at the first and second frets, then progressively less further up the neck.
I suspect that the problem has to do with the action and/or neck relief.
I haven't explicitly measured yet but doing the trick of placing a capo on the 1st fret and fretting near the body and checking clearance between the strings and the frets around the 7th or 8th fret just by eyeballing I can tell there isn't much if any clearance there. I *think* that means I need to make a neck adjustment. So if I understand correctly if there isn't enough clearance between bottom of string and top of fret in the middle of the neck, then I need to ADD neck relief right? (make the neck curvature more concave?).
Assuming I am on the right track, am I also correct in thinking I should try the neck adjustment before touching the bridge height adjustment? (besides I don't think I'd necessarily want the action at the upper register any higher than it already is... seems plenty high there already).
Last edited by Inzane; 04-13-2010 at 03:35 PM.