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SlyRy
post Aug 3 2011, 03:13 AM
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My low E and A string have a *slight* buzz on my new guitar. I'm not sure if it would be audible through an amp. The other 4 strings are perfect. In this case, could I adjust just one side of the bridge? Or is it recommended you always turn both adjustment screws the same?
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post Aug 3 2011, 03:22 AM
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You can raise one side. It won't hurt anything. It will knock all of the strings out of tune but other than that no problem.


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post Aug 3 2011, 03:26 AM
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QUOTE (kahall @ Aug 3 2011, 02:22 AM) *
You can raise one side. It won't hurt anything. It will knock all of the strings out of tune but other than that no problem.


Cool, how much will it affect the high E string and B string? None or a little?
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post Aug 3 2011, 07:19 AM
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It's not a dumb question, as this could affect your playing quality...

Some slope the strings slightly or arc them on the guitar neck. Note that perfectly straight will cause buzz. Random heights might slightly lower your playablity access to other strings.

Normally you first adjust the Truss Rod to get the desired string height. The bridge and the truss rod work in partnership; if you adjust one you may have to adjust the other. If your action is still high after adjusting the truss rod, lower your individual saddles until your strings buzz on the frets and then raise the saddle adjusters until the buzz is gone.

Doing all this will probably throw out your Intonation. Play touch harmonics on each string at the 12th fret. If the note is flat compared to the open string you will have to move that string's saddle back. If it’s sharp, you have to move it forward.

If necessary also do your guitar's pickups adjustment. You don’t want the pickups too far away from the strings or the tone will become "muddy". Too close may cause your strings to touch and buzz.

All that is assuming you don't have any damage, groves cut, etc. You probably can make slight adjustments to remove the buzz without throwing anything off, but it's good to check over.

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post Aug 3 2011, 11:18 AM
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It's important to tell us where exactly do you hear buzzing: on open strings, 1st fret, 2nd fret, 15th fret, all of them, specific range..


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post Aug 3 2011, 12:48 PM
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QUOTE (SlyRy @ Aug 2 2011, 09:13 PM) *
My low E and A string have a *slight* buzz on my new guitar. I'm not sure if it would be audible through an amp. The other 4 strings are perfect. In this case, could I adjust just one side of the bridge? Or is it recommended you always turn both adjustment screws the same?


It is normal to have a slight buzz with an electric guitar if you hit a string hard, it is not an acoustic, the action is set much lower. If you don't want any buzz, you have to set it up like an acoustic with high action, and tight strings to boot. If you hit the string hard on an electric, you will get buzz, if you set the action as most everybody does. The important thing is that it is consistent up and down the neck. I set my action a little lower that spec, but at spec you will still get buzz if you hit a string hard, certainly if you are using typical light strings.

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post Aug 3 2011, 02:49 PM
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It does not buzz on any open strings. It seems like it is mostly the low E and A strings. It does not do it EVERY time. I noticed it really only happens when I'm fretting frets 2-5. Don't notice it really on the middle of the neck and upper neck. The guitar plays beautifully overall, I almost don't want to mess with it.

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post Aug 3 2011, 03:02 PM
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It will affect the tuning, so make sure you tune again after bridge alterations,


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