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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-22-2000, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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HELP: Setup of Ibanez RG520QS

I am trying to setup this great guitar. It is only a year old and has not been used TOO much.. None of the frets are worn in or out of place or anything.

When my truss rod is straight, my two E strings are about 2.5mm above the 12th fret. As it is, I get a little buzz from the D and G strings if I pick with a medium pick. If I lower the bridge anymore, I get a lot more buzz in the D and G strings. I am testing the bridge height at the 1th - 15th frets. I only get the buzzing on the 10th - 12th frets. I am mostly positive it is not a fret problem, they are not undone in anyway, not worn in, and the guitar is only a year old. What can I try doing? The neck is shimmed at the neck side.

I get a little bit of buzz from the 1-7 frets with a little neck relief. I only hear it when playing with a heavy pick or when I play chords. Is this normal/acceptable? I know most of it isn't audible when plugged in, but personally I think buzz feels horrible. BTW, I am using D'Addario EXL120's (0.09's).

Let me know what you think.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-22-2000, 12:05 PM
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HELP: Setup of Ibanez RG520QS

You want a slight bow on the neck via truss rod adjustment. (this will combat lower fret buzz).
Once adjusted let it settle in for a day or so.

From then on work the bridge until you find an acceptable level. (this will reduce higher fret buzz)
It's fine to have some very slight buzz so don't worry about that, just as long as it doesn't buzz like crazy.

Check the setup section of the site.
Sorry I couldn't be more specific, tech is my worst area


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