I have been suffering for a *long* time now with terrible open-e string buzz on my JS1000 -- however, having finally decided to get ambitious and try to fix it, I read through the tech section here, and rich's site (for the 1000th time..
) and shimmed the nut. This has helped, slightly, except now the G string buzzes open too. I shimmed both sides (with a coke can!) and am very happy with the overall nut-height / action now. I have virtually no string buzz anywhere else on the neck, but *unbearable* buzz still on the G and low-E.
I have just been experimenting, and I think I have tracked it down: The string seems to be buzzing in the 'V' of the nut towards the fretboard end - and the buzzing doesn't go away (in most cases gets worse) when I lock the pad down,, and the buzz is present even with locking pads TOTALLY removed. If I 'press down' the string into the 'V' with a small allen wrench, the buzz disappears.
I tried moving around all the nut pads to different strings, and succeeded in 'moving' the buzz to the E and A strings, the G string. It seems that moving the nut pads around moves the buzz around - so I guess logically it looks like something iffy about the pads - but whatever combination I put them in, i just *can't* get rid of the open-e buzz. I can lessen it, but when it is lessened, the buzz 'moves' to a different string. All in all, very frustrating. As I inferred before - I am pretty certain this isn't fret buzz. Putting a piece of paper over the first fret still buzzes, and the buzz is still metallic (i'm going crazy, what with the paper and everything...)
I have the nut pads on the correct way round, and I have tried varying the pressure. My string retainer bar is V. tight on the strings - but I have experimented with all positions, to no avail.
Sorry for the long post... anyone else had this problem, or has any suggestions for a possible fix?
Thanks for the excellent tutorials, rich and jemsite...