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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-27-2004, 06:14 AM Thread Starter
 
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upper frets buzzing

Hi! I've recently bought an Ibanez JEM 7vwh and I have a problem with the frets around 10 and up buzzing only on the g-string (and a slight buzz on the lower strings). Does anybody have a solution to this?
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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 04-27-2004, 07:31 AM
 
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i dont think it's a truss-rod issue. fret 10 zone it's too forward up on the fretboard for the truss-rod to solve the problem.
you better have a pro tech take a look. your fretboard may need a slight leveling or a "fall-away" leveling, at least.
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Thanks! A levelling means that something is put between the neck and the body right? Doesn't the guitar loose some sustain from that?
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Thanks! A levelling means that something is put between the neck and the body right?
leveling means giving the frets' surface the same height. this way you will get rid of anything between point to point of the string (that would otherwise have it buzzing).
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If it has the EP bridge it could be as simple as that saddle is just too low.
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Hi again! It has the Edge Pro bridge and I have tried to raise it a bit but it doesn't seem to get rid of the last buzzing unless I raise it a lot. How much should the action be (around)? I'm used to play a s540 FM in wich I have 6105 frets installed - but this guitar seems to have lower action and better playability. Perhaps it is a question about getting it broken in? I just bought it new last week and maybe I've forgot how it is to have a new guitar...
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you should check for neck straightness, if it's straight or with a tiny bit of relief, then it's a fret leveling issue IMO.

btw: have you changed strings?
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No I haven't changed the strings but I can see that it has D'addario 009's on and that is the same as I use. I think I will play it for about a month or so and then see how it works. Maybe I just have to get used to it. But is it normal that it is a little hard to play on the upper fretboard? I mean that it's not like the notes pop out of the guitar like on my Gibson Nighthawk.
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i'd wait to see what will happen once you got a fresh set of strings, things can change alot with new strings.
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I tend to think your action is too low for how much relief the neck has. You said you've raised it but to how high now? Too much relief with low action will choke out the second half of the scale.
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The neck is actually straight as a line. (almost) So I don't think it's beacause of the neck. But the more I play the guitar the less buzz it seems to have. Maybe it's just beacause I'm not used to having a new guitar...
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fresh strings affect either lack or presence of buzzing more than you can think.
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A used RG I recently bought has a very pronounced buzz and lack of sustain at the first fret, especially the E and B strings. Is this something I can fix myself with some files and sandpaper, or am I gunna have to find a tech? Anyone have any advice on how I can fix it myself? Could it be something as simple as the top lock being too low?
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Could it be something as simple as the top lock being too low?
it would make buzz unfretted strings only, not fretted ones.
anyway, i would give the truss-rod a quarter to half turn counter-clockwise, or i'd try raising the trem a bit.
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Thanks nuno. I just tried raising the bridge and it definitely has a positive effect, but alas now the strings are a bit too high for my style (sounds great though, and feels very resonant). I don't have a truss rod tool at the moment so I'll pick one up on payday and cross my fingers. (Just put a deposit on a Yamaha DG130HA head, so I'm living on toast for a few days *LOL*)
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