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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-04-2004, 11:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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buzz problems

Hi. I've just purchased an Ibanez RG1570 and i'm having problems setting it up. I just put some new strings on (9's) and tried to lower the action but the strings were buzzing round the 12th fret. I loosened the truss rod slightly and have raised the action but now it is quite high and i still have a buzz on the 12th fret of the B string. I can't take the action any higher or else i won't be able to play it. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-04-2004, 11:23 AM
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Take a short straight edge that covers at least between the 11th and 13th and see if it'll rock on 12.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-05-2004, 04:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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I think I may need to shim the neck after reading many posts on this forum. Is it necessary to take the tremolo system out just to shim the neck?

Also what about the shims under the nut, are they necessary to keep in as I have noticed the first fret is a little higher than on my Jackson.
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A neck shim WILL NOT help with fret buzz. A shim is only needed if you can't set the action as low (or high) as you like it within the travel of the bridge studs.

Follow the setup instructions on Rich's site, if you like really low action (less than about 2 mm) you'll have to make the neck a little straighter than Rich suggests for a "normal" setup.

Remember, about 2 mm is as low as can be exected with no, or little, buzzing. Lower than that and even an almost perfect fret level is going to buzz in some areas of the neck, if not the WHOLE neck.
Some buzzing is unavoidable, it's wood, it changes with weather/time, that's why every guitar isn't able to be set up exactly the same to begin with.

As far as nut hight . . . what I do is press the string right in front of the 2nd fret, there should be just enough space between the string and the first fret so that it's not touching. This will USUALLY give you the proper clearance for no buzzing on the open string and easy action.

All guitars are different though, so basic rule of thumb is this, the nut can be as low as possible just so long as it doesn't buzz when you play the open string.

Usually Ibanez guitars are shipped with too high a nut, but they are usually shimmed, so you can just take shims out.

No, you don't have to remove the bridge to remove the shims . . . again, go to Rich's site, it's all there, I'm not going to type again what Rich has already spent so much time typing out for you/us. :-)

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-06-2004, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thank you. I have all the info I need to set this beautiful guitar up now. You people are too helpul and shall be rewarded in Heaven.
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