Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Winston-Salem, NC
B & E string 1st fret buzz- back to the drawing board?
I ordered brass split shims from AllParts- very handy indeed. I shimmed the nut on the treble side to an almost comical height, just to see. (Don't have a measurement for that, but I can post it later if folks are interested to know. Suffice to say it is pretty stiff to fret the first fret, especially on the B & high E). My point is that the nut should be PLENTY high to clear frets 1-5.
Question: I already had two full shims under the nut. I put my split shims between the two existing shims, thinking that would keep the pressure more even across the nut. Is that the right idea?
Bottom line- still buzzing. The buzz when open is greatly reduced, ALMOST to the point that I don't mind it. I say almost because the buzz, while faint, creates that dreaded sitar effect when open.
When I fret the B or high E string at the first fret, the note buzzes so much I almost get that "in between" notes sound, as in I basically hear the right note (C for B string, F for E string), but I'm hearing hints of the notes a half step up.
I don't get this issue on strings 3-6.
By the way, my action is by no means super-low. I prefer higher than average action, especially for one playing a superstrat.
If anyone didn't see my post earlier, I have even experimented to fully loosen the truss rod. I don't see this as a relief issue.
I have visually inspected the second fret (I'm no tech though) and it doesn't seem to be high.
Time to bring in a pro?