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Tech: Guitar Buzz/ Need Decent Set-Up Person!

Dewey 23 May 08 - 09:09 AM
Backwoodsman 23 May 08 - 01:37 PM
Richard Bridge 23 May 08 - 02:41 PM
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Subject: Tech: Guitar Buzz/ Need Decent Set-Up Person!
From: Dewey
Date: 23 May 08 - 09:09 AM

Recently bought A Larrivee D-03R guitar. It Played fine for about a week and then started to buzz after I started playing it regularly. I think it has a fret problem, When the action gets raise it still starts buzzing, there is no back buzz at all when tested with a capo.

The guitar set up people in my town, are really a waste of time. They turn a truss rod or two, and send it back with the same problem every time I take it to them. I need somebody to do a thorough diagnostic on the buzz. but do not trust the competence of the set up people in my hometown.

Any professional recommendations where I can take this guitar to to get set-up, and/or repaired accurate and once and for all? I am playing 5-string banjo with my new band at about 15 bluegrass festivals the Midwest States this summer:Minnesta, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska, and IBMA in Nashville, TN in September. I was hoping that I could take it to a professional repairman at one point during these venues.

Any recommendations where I might take it? Also is it possible to send it direct to Larrivee for repairs. I've heared rumors this model has had production problems and mainly models were known to have had uneven frets.

Thanks for any info. I live in the North where it is almost impossible to buy a decently set up guitar for a fair price, and I really don't have the money for an expensive new one.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Guitar Buzz/ Need Decent Set-Up Person!
From: Backwoodsman
Date: 23 May 08 - 01:37 PM

Before you take it anywhere, try looking at www.frets.com and/or www.bryankimsey.com
Lots of good instructional stuff on both sites, might help you solve it yourself?


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Subject: RE: Tech: Guitar Buzz/ Need Decent Set-Up Person!
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 23 May 08 - 02:41 PM

If you are in Chatham, Kent, England, this is a problem that Brian Rodgers has been known to fix.

First stage is to play all the strings one at a time at every fret up and down the neck to see if they do it on their own. If you find a buzz anywhere doing that, suspect the frets in that area. It's perfectly normal to have to dress the frets just a little bit on a new guitar.

Next step is to enlist a third hand (not a capo), and have the third hand press firmly on each string between the bridge pins and the saddle while you play, to see if it's saddle buzz. Unlikely if you have had the saddle up and down looking.

If the buzz goes away when you capo at the first fret, suspect that the nut slots have been cut too deep. Unless they are MUCH too deep you would usually expect such a buzz to go away if the truss rod was slackened off and/or if the saddle was raised.

An alternative is nut slot buzz. Have a friend with a pointed object press each string in turn firmly into the nut slot while you play. Or you can lift each string in turn and pop a bit of paper in teh slot just to try.

Lots of things can rattle on a headstock. A loose string-post nut, a loose helix in a machine head, a loose tuning button on a shaft, a string-tree.

Has the guitar an internal pickup? Have you checked where the wires are?

Can you cause buzz or rattle by drumming with your fingers on the top of the guitar (go carefully and systematically round) - a brace may have come loose - or a bit of kerfing.


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