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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-20-2004, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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JS1000 String Buzz Question

I just got a new (used) JS1000 and got it back from my local tech. The string height was a bit too high, so I lowered it. It's now around 1/16th at the 12th fret, but I have a lot of string buzz. The neck relief seems to be okay (just a little bit of relief). Any ideas of how to solve this myself before I take it back to the tech? If I can figure it out on my own, I'd certainly like to.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-21-2004, 03:01 AM
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is the string buzz anywhere throughout the f-board or is it just on certain area? and how worn the frets are?
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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-21-2004, 11:27 AM Thread Starter
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Frets are in great shape but the fret buzz is most noticable on the lower frets. It's at its worst from around 4-7. It gets a bit better around the 10th, but it's defintely affected the whole neck. Maybe there's a neck shim that needs to be removed?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 09-22-2004, 04:55 AM
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if 1/16" means 0.158mm i think you have too low action. well, it wouldn't be too low if your tech leveled the fretboard, but i assume he didnt and he got rid of the buzz by setting high action. easy trick that a pro tech shouldn't do.

seems like there's a bump around 7-9 frets area, i'd try to give the truss-rod a little tightening, 1/6 turn clockwise, just to see if the bump disappears.
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-04-2004, 05:23 PM Thread Starter
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Just got it back from the local tech a 2nd time (1st time was just a basic setup but there was still a LOT of buzzing). 2nd time we spent some time brainstorming and decided to do a fret-level (crown & polish). Got it back today and it's just perfect! Buzz is all but gone and action is reasonable. One final question for the JS lovers: What height are your pickups set at? I have a volume diparity between the neck and bridge and can't find any factory specs for setting pickup height. Thanks mucho for any tips.
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-05-2004, 06:21 AM
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i think there aren't factory specs for pickups height as it's a rather personal taste thing, i guess.
you have a volume gap between the pickups? i assume the neck p-up sounds louder than bridge p-up, right? if so, lower the neck pickup by loosening its height screws right on its mounting ring. usually, on a guitar like that, the pickup should rest flush to its mounting ring, i guess (that's how i set pickups height usually).

rule of thumb:
too high pickup > more magnetic pull, more attack, more volume, dirty sound, shorter sustain.
too low pickup > less magnetic pull, more sustain, clean and natural sound, more dinamics, less volume etc.

i usually never set them higher than half the gap between their mounting rings and the strings.
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