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Old 12-29-2012, 03:02 PM
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The buzz is just about killing the note, standard .009 guages, the bridge is level to the body - it's not that hard to see if it's level or not.
OK, so it sounds like your close to your "perfect" setup.

There are several possible reasons your low-E is buzzing/fretting out.

The slot on the nut for the string is too deep/worn out?
You may need a little shim on the low-E side of the nut?
You may need a fret level and dress? If the second fret-wire is higher than the first, it's going to buzz.
You may want to try another set/brand of strings? I've had EXCELLENT results with Kurt Mangan strings.
You may have scarf joint shrinkage which will cause a slight back bow from the first to third frets.
You may want to raise your trem on the bass side a slight bit. Level (as viewed from the rear of the trem) is not necessary, playable is.
Did you shim the neck? if so do you have pics of how you did it??
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Old 12-29-2012, 11:55 PM
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Re: Nut Height


It's the frets, How can I "level and dress" them? Yes the second fret is higher than the first, very very weird...
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Old 12-30-2012, 02:55 AM
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Re: Nut Height


The fret might have popped a bit. Can anything fit under the fret? Clamp it back in and see if it holds if its raised. If not you might need a small amount of super glue to help hold it.
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Re: Nut Height


I can use a rubber hammer to tap on the higher fret a little
and this could help to put it back on the slot.
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Re: Nut Height


It's most likely scarf joint shrinkage pulling back on the nut.
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It's most likely scarf joint shrinkage pulling back on the nut.
so Rich how do I fix that?
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Old 12-30-2012, 05:24 PM
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so Rich how do I fix that?
Get a fret level and dress done............ Any luthier worth his salt can do it.

Where are you in MI?
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Old 12-30-2012, 06:51 PM
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Humidity [rehydration] only helps as long as it will remain in constant humidity, so it's not the right fix. The right fix it to cut it.
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Get a fret level and dress done............ Any luthier worth his salt can do it.

Where are you in MI?
Kalamazoo
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:18 PM
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Humidity [rehydration] only helps as long as it will remain in constant humidity, so it's not the right fix. The right fix it to cut it.
???
cut what?? You lost me........ as usual
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Kalamazoo
$80 for a complete level and dress.......pretty much the standard rate. You should point out the scarf joint pulling down frets 1 and 2 so the luthier knows what he's working with.

http://chartersguitars.com/repair.php
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???
cut what?? You lost me........ as usual
cut = level
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