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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-27-2004, 12:57 AM Thread Starter
 
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Twangy High E string sound is bugging me.

Hi all,
I have an RG520QS, and an RG570 that when I pluck the open high E string(.009), it has like twang to it. It sounds bad. It's not hitting the 1st fret, and I can't figure out why it happens. It's especially annoying when the amp is on a clean setting. It's not on all my RGs. Just the 2. I think it has something to do with the locking nut. I have another guitar(Schecter 006, no tremolo), and this doesn't happen at all.
Anybody have this problem, and a suggestion for a solution?
Thanks in advance.

John
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-27-2004, 01:02 AM
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I doubt the E isn't seated in the saddle slot but that will definately cause a terrible twang. Otherwise raise the high side nut a hair. It may not look like it's hitting the 1st but the invisible oscillation could be, and definately produces "twang".
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Does it still "twang" as you fret notes up the neck?
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-27-2004, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
 
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There is still a little twang as a fret the high E, but as bad as when it's open. maybe it's a combo of the nut and the saddle. I'm working on it. Perplexing. Tried to raise the nut a smidge, and it was still there. hmmm.
Thanks for the replys. I'll keep trying stuff.



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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 09-27-2004, 12:31 PM
 
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Hey, my buddy John. Maybe you got your truss rod done up too tight. Loosen it off a little (1/3 of a turn) and see if the twang is still there.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-10-2004, 11:39 AM
 
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The reason Darren asked if it twangs when notes are fretted is because he was thinking it may be a burr in the saddle, or a loose saddle.

I had a "twang" on my E and B strings and that's all it was. A 'soft' round file and a few strokes in the saddle is all that's needed to fix a burr, and an allen key is all that's needed to fix a loose saddle.

A loose saddle would be very obvious though, the saddle would be pulled as far forward as it can go.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 10-10-2004, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
 
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Definitely not a loose saddle. I checked that. The burr theory might be the problem. I kind of gave up on it because no matter what I tried, I 'd pluck the High E and...twannnnngggggggg. I'll try to file the saddle a tiny bit and see what happens. Aren't the saddles hardened steel? I guess not if you were able to file it. Have you ever tried to file something that was hardened? You can't with an ordinary file. I'll give it a try. Thanks.

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Actually, you can easily file hardened steel. The knives are hardened and we file those all the time . . . and I use a simple 'hobby' file to do it.

I'd bet the farm it's a burr, if it's not it's something loose that's vibrating sympathetically with the string, but it shouldn't do it on EVERY note on that string if that's the case, just certain notes on any string.

Took me a day to track down a loose nut on a tuner that was doing that . . . guitar stayed in tune fine (locking nut) and I didn't think to check those until I'd already gone over every other inch of the guitar. :-)

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