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post Jul 8 2017, 03:06 PM
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I broke a string on my SG so I changed all the strings today. Same gauge (009) but went from Earnie Ball to Dean Markley. I also learned that the Titanium adjustable zero-fret nut is loose as it fell of... anyways, when I tuned up the guitar the high e-string was fretbuzzing all the way: both when playing loose but also across the full fretboard. And the D string had some of it too but not as much.

So Im no luthier... figured maybe I should adjust the nut (thinking maybe something happend when it fell) but realized I had no tool that fits, suppose its a small hex key. So I raised the bridge slighty and the e was a little better but not good and I think the D turned slightly worse... and I checked that the tuners were tightened as I had the strings off.

I have never had a problem like when changing strings before, intonation yes, fret buzz never. And on just two strings, I guess that rules out the truss rod. Anyone whos more skilled than me who has any tips? Otherwise I will have to turn it into the local music store and they are rather pricey (100 - 150 euros for a setup!)


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post Jul 8 2017, 03:38 PM
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Quick tips on buzz;

-open string; nut height is low
-from 1st fret to around 7; truss rod
-after around 7; bridge height

But these are assuming there is no other problem with the guitar.

I don't have experience with the new nut, but if its height is adjustable and if fallen then maybe it was already too high and the guitar was adjusted according to that. If this is the case then a pro setup would be needed.

Check if there's any angle on the nut (if it sits not perfectly flat), if yes this might have screwed up the intonation and could be a reason for buzzing. Also stretch the dean strings a little, they should get a bit more stiff feeling which might even solve the problem depending how bad its buzzing.


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post Jul 8 2017, 04:30 PM
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Thanks for replying! Well, I thought about that with nut as well, but seems to sit well in its place. Thought about adjusting it but I dont have a tool that fits... seems I didnt get such a key with the guitar.


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AK Rich
post Jul 8 2017, 05:10 PM
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I am not really familiar with that type of nut, but reading a bit about it, it sounds like there is a locking screw on the nut that retains the nut on the neck as well as locking in the height of the nut as it has been setup. Apparently this type of nut is used as an additional way to adjust the string action. To me it sounds like the locking screw somehow has come loose at some point and when you removed the strings, the nut adjustment has changed which has resulted in a lowering of the nut at the high string side where your D and E strings live. I am not sure why everything would not lower and buzz out if this is the case but at any rate, it sounds like a setup is in order here where that nut can be re-adjusted and locked into place again. If you can get a set of allen or hex key wrenches, you can probably do this yourself fairly easily and save some coin. I'll bet Sensible Jones has some experience with that type of nut and could better help you out. Hey Jonesey!!

PS: I just ran across this, maybe it will help.

https://www.reidys.com/blog/the-new-gibson-...-explained-111/

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post Jul 8 2017, 08:57 PM
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QUOTE (AK Rich @ Jul 8 2017, 04:10 PM) *
I am not really familiar with that type of nut, but reading a bit about it, it sounds like there is a locking screw on the nut that retains the nut on the neck as well as locking in the height ...


Hey, thanks for the reply! That adjustable nut was exactly my thought, especially as it fell off... problem is it seems I dont have an allen key small enough. Had a thorough look at keys I have collected from different guitars but even the smallest I have doesnt seem to fit... and its a small one. Cant help thinking this can be the reason to it. Good info in the link so thanks again!


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