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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-19-2006, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
 
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Fret buzz problems on HR Giger RG

I just bought a new HR Giger RG from my local dealer. When I restrung it and set it up for 11-52's so I can play in C, I've noticed a lot of buzzing, especially on my bottom string. It also sounds like it has a dead spot on the 8th fret. It is possible it needs to have the frets leveled?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-19-2006, 03:17 AM
 
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Re: Fret buzz problems on HR Giger RG

Well considering you've just stepped up 2 gauges of strings, i would adjust the action first as the strings are much thicker. first off an 11-52 set for low C is way too light, its going to buzz as soon as you start picking it anything but softly. I find my 12-56 set too light.
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Re: Fret buzz problems on HR Giger RG

Correction: 11-54 set of strings. I've already done a setup on it - action was way too high from the factory, and after putting the new strings on, it made it much worse. I have a USRG30 set up the same way and didn't have any problems. I guess my real question is if it is possible for a factory fresh guitar to need a fret level job.
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Re: Fret buzz problems on HR Giger RG

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Correction: 11-54 set of strings. I've already done a setup on it - action was way too high from the factory, and after putting the new strings on, it made it much worse. I have a USRG30 set up the same way and didn't have any problems. I guess my real question is if it is possible for a factory fresh guitar to need a fret level job.
Hmm okay. Look at the neck from down the headstock, can you see any raised frets (ie higher than the other frets)? also look at the neck from directly side on, any raised frets? and also check to make sure that the ends of the fret or the fret itself isnt coming out of the slot. It is possible that a factory guitar may need a fret level, but i hugely doubt it. Ive never had any such problems with my prestiges and RG5XXs.


EDIT: OPPS sorry i forgot that the HR giger models were MIK not the prestige line. Yeah on a Korean its possible that it might neeed one.

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Re: Fret buzz problems on HR Giger RG

It's entirely possible that a Korean production guitar could stand a fret-level. How low do you have the action set?
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Re: Fret buzz problems on HR Giger RG

Action is 2mm on low string @ 12th fret, 1.8mm on high string.
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Re: Fret buzz problems on HR Giger RG

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Action is 2mm on low string @ 12th fret, 1.8mm on high string.
Hmm thats the perfect action level so it does point towards a fret level problems dosnt it? what about truss rod position?
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Re: Fret buzz problems on HR Giger RG

Yet to see a genuinely acceptable setup on a Korean Ibanez, so I'd say 90% chance the frets need levelling and recrowning - it'll make the guitar feel sooooo much better anyway! - you'll need to get the intonation adjusted to suit C tuning regardless.
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