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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-03-2003, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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not sure if the guitar tech is truthfull or not.....

I am new to guitar and had just got me a brand new RG470 and loving it very much except it has one annoying problem. It seems that my Low E and A string is rattling(buzzing?) all across the fret, when open its ok. So I emailed GuitarTrader for advice on what I can do. Well, they told me that it needed truss rod adjustmen since the set-up might be affected by the temp/humidity during shipping. Not knowing what the hell a truss rod is, I decided to take it to a local guitar shop and have a qualified tech look at it. So he was testing it out playing some tunes while examaning the neck closely. He said "It seems the setup is perfect to me". He than went back to the tool room walked me through all the measurement to be sure he was right...and he said everything was just fine and that he raises the G strings slightly. He told me that my guitar needed to be breakin in and that it should go away and that its common for some brand new guitar to have some rattles. What causes the rattle he said was the contact of a new string hitting on a new fret board. So do you guys thing he's bull-s******g me? It still has the buzz/rattle after a month of owning the guitar.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-03-2003, 01:09 PM
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Get some free time and read Rich's tech section (swirl banner) very carefully. Everything's there.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-05-2003, 01:48 AM
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The setup may have been perfect for
One of the first things I learned working at a place where we do setups, is that just because I can play it and not get rattles, doesn't mean when I hand it over, you won't make noise everywhere. He should have had you play it in front of him and judged it from there...

Rich's page has alot of info that can help. Followed carefully, you will likely find was is annoying you and how to fix it. :-)
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-05-2003, 11:11 AM
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Yes, read Rich's site. That should help you to understand how to make setup adjustments yourself. No one has answered you on the "truthful" part, though. It's important that you know that what he said about "breaking a guitar in" and giving it time is ridiculous. A guitar is either set up properly or it is not. That goes for a '57 vintage as well as one coming off the assembly line today. Time can only change the setup as the wood changes. But that's also true of every guitar with necks made from wood. New strings are noisier if only because they have the highest treble frequency content at that time.

By the way, doesn't the 470 have a floyd-licensed trem? If so, raising the G string is not possible without disassembling the bridge. You can only raise the bass or treble side with the studs. Raising the bass side stud a little can be a way of reducing buzz on the low E and A, although it has to be raised quite a lot to overcome high and low frets, or an overly tightened truss rod.
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