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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-29-2011, 04:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Fret problem in my RG?!?

Hey guys. I think I could be having a fret issue in my RG; The 1st fret on the g string buzzes and then chokes out after a few seconds. I never remember this happening before today. I have a '00 MIJ RG520QS with the original edge, the nut has 2 full brass shims and half of one on the treble side. This is the only note on the guitar buzzing.

My strings are fairly old, about 5-6 weeks. But they are clean.

The buzz also will *not* be there if I bend the note.

I hope that is enough info.
If anybody has any thoughts on this issue i would greatly appreciate it!!!
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-29-2011, 05:03 PM
 
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Re: Fret problem in my RG?!?

First things first, change those strings! Then see what you have. Old strings are the cause a lot of time.
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Re: Fret problem in my RG?!?

The open string buzzes or fretted on the 1st?

I'd loosen the truss rod a hair, some colder weather finally coming in, it's probably got it in a bit of backbow.
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nothing for me to add.... Ron & Rich said it all.

LOL.....that sounds like an old time variety show.......

"OK, folks. it's now time for the Ron & Rich show...brought to you by 'Pal Mall'- the smooth full flavored cigarette".
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I'm more of an American Spirit guy. lol
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I traded my 2 packs for 20 pounds and the ability to breathe again.
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Breathing is over-rated.....LOL
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I'd feel the same way if I had a wife, 23 kids, and 72 pets too
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I'd feel the same way if I had a wife, 23 kids, and 72 pets too
LMAO!!!!!! You have FAR too good a memory.......(and I have too good a relationship with Jack, Jim and there Camels)
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Re: Fret problem in my RG?!?

I'd also make sure you have the guitar in proper humidity. Right now in DC I'm only getting 30% humidity in my place. You want 45-50% RH. Waiting to get a humidifier going tomorrow.

Do you notice any sharp fret ends? That would be a sure sign that the wood has shrank up.
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Re: Fret problem in my RG?!?

Wow, I came back to be shocked that this already got 9 replies, then I got a good laugh

@Rich: when I fret the string, sorry I should have been a bit more clear.
I did actually tighten it early in November before a gig, it only gets colder here in Georgia in December, so that makes sense. This guitar hasn't gotten a whole lot of play recently either, I've been playing my other 2 Ibby's more. But it's strange that it is this one string, and very obviously buzzing/choking :/.

@Musikron: Yeah, I figured that would make things worse, even if it wasn't the main cause, you very well may be right, thats why I made sure to have that info on the OP.

@Takin' a Ride: Also, this could make sense. Not a lot of humidity here either in the last 6 weeks, but has been rather rainy since Christmas weekend. The fret ends don't seem sharp, but that might not mean a lot, since I've never experienced this on other guitars people say are prone to shard ends. But I'd be inclined to say that a are normal, unless this guitar has had work in the past.

@ryc:

Thanks guys!
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Re: Fret problem in my RG?!?

I've generally not had a huge problem with guitars drying out, but I do have that problem specifically with my J.Custom. I think that I've been ending up with high humidity in the summers and low in the winters, so perhaps things have balanced out.

But on my JC, I can't say how it was stored before I got it (it was 7 years old). I definitely have protruding fret ends on that guitar and I'm currently trying to bring it back to life by having it live in a case with a makeshift humidifier in there.

This is what I'm using to monitor:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...20DP0685606QFM

It's pretty sweet. I have the remote sensor in the case and I can press a button and toggle between the room conditions and the case conditions. The main unit can monitor up to three of those remotes. I've only had this going for a couple days but the case is generally about a degree cooler and has been around 48% RH.
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Re: Fret problem in my RG?!?

So, the "winner" is Rich for this one.
All it really needed was probably a 16th of a turn on the truss rod. I took a little further then that just for good measure, I probably turned it about twice as much as necessary, but you can't feel a difference in playability at all, and I still turned it a very small amount.

Thank you so much to everybody for their insight and suggestions (and humor)!!!
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