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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-30-2011, 05:06 AM Thread Starter
 
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Loss of sustain at the 12th fret and above...

I just noticed something peculiar today... My G string loses sustain at the 12th fret and above. The sustain is about half of the other strings when played at the same fret and it only affects this string. Anything below the 12th fret is OK though. The other strings are unaffected. Even my high E can sustain longer than the G which is odd as it has less mass and should vibrate lesser. Any ideas? It's an S470.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-30-2011, 10:38 AM
 
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Re: Loss of sustain at the 12th fret and above...

Sounds like it's time for a fret leveling. It sounds like you either have a high spot, or the 12th has a low spot. If you want to avoid it, you can raise the bridge until it stops.
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Re: Loss of sustain at the 12th fret and above...

Have you changed string gauges? How old are the strings? Try a new set. It might be a slight bend in that string.
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Re: Loss of sustain at the 12th fret and above...

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I just noticed something peculiar today... My G string loses sustain at the 12th fret and above. The sustain is about half of the other strings when played at the same fret and it only affects this string. Anything below the 12th fret is OK though. The other strings are unaffected. Even my high E can sustain longer than the G which is odd as it has less mass and should vibrate lesser. Any ideas? It's an S470.

haha my s540 has this problem on the B string Im pretty sure a fret is peaking out just high enough to hit it but not cause buzzing.
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-30-2011, 11:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Loss of sustain at the 12th fret and above...

I changed strings recently so I'm going to change that particular string and see if it works. How do I check if the frets are popping? will there be a gap between the wire and the fretboard?
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I changed strings recently so I'm going to change that particular string and see if it works. How do I check if the frets are popping? will there be a gap between the wire and the fretboard?
get a credit card and see if it rocks anywhere, that or get a REALLY high quality straight edge and check if you can see gaps anywhere.
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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-01-2011, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: Loss of sustain at the 12th fret and above...

Tried a change of strings but the problem still persists. I'll try to check for high frets using a steel rule as suggested above.
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Re: Loss of sustain at the 12th fret and above...

You may need a fret level. Sometimes the very end of the fretboard will curl up a bit over time. Also, if the frets are very tarnished, I've had this issue before. May also wish to check the neck angle.
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