This is related to a previous thread, but different enough to merit a new topic. My open string E buzz seems to be all but cured. It still does it, but less harshly. However I do notice, on both my guitars, that there is definite fret buzz coming from the E and A strings, even with the truss rod almost completely slack.
I am now determined to setup my guitar so that buzz is not prevalent. I'm noticing it more, as I get older I guess, because I often play clean, or with just a touch of distortion, rather than constant full on high gain.
What I am finding is that there is a buzz coming from the Low E and A strings, mostly from notes fretted from 1st thru to 6th or 7th on the A, and all the way up to the 10th on the E. There is minor buzz on the other strings, but it cannot be heard through an amp, shame the same cannot be said for those E and A strings. This problem is present on both my Ibanez JEM7VWH and my PRS McCarty, to mostly the same degree.
If I hold down a string at the 1st fret, and 14th fret (on either guitar), I have about 1mm clearance between the string and the frets between 5th and 7th frets. I'd say the action is medium, at about 1.5mm on the high E at the 12th fret, and about 2mm at the 12th on the Low E. There is not much more relief to be had, as the JEM truss rod is almost slack, and the PRS cannot be tightend much more.
As I say, both guitars are setup pretty much identically, and I am noticing the metallic buzz coming through from the A and E strings on low to medium gain settings. It's driving me nuts. I don't pick particularly hard, I use medium gauge picks (yellow dunlop tortex), and have gauge 9 strings on both. The JEM is about 6 weeks old, the PRS about 6 months, so the frets are not worn.
Can somebody tell me where I've gone wrong with my setups. ?