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wilco 25 Jul 03 - 11:28 AM
Bert 25 Jul 03 - 12:15 PM
Grab 25 Jul 03 - 12:59 PM
GUEST,James H. Silver 25 Jul 03 - 02:51 PM
GUEST 26 Jul 03 - 11:13 AM
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Subject: string buzz on a dobro
From: wilco
Date: 25 Jul 03 - 11:28 AM

I bought a new Regal "dobro" yesterday (black for $180.00). I have string buzz, when I place the steel slide on the strings. Any simple solution? (PS: It's a lot of fun!)

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Subject: RE: string buzz on a dobro
From: Bert
Date: 25 Jul 03 - 12:15 PM

The only thing I know to do about string buzz is to look at it and see what the string is touching, then fix it.

But seeing as it's a Dobro, how would you know;-)

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Subject: RE: string buzz on a dobro
From: Grab
Date: 25 Jul 03 - 12:59 PM

If it's like my Regal metal-body, the front "colander" cover-plate rattles on the body - sounds a bit like string buzz, but it isn't. It was a right pain.

I solved that on mine by removing the cover-plate and very carefully applying a thin layer of mastic on the back of the cover-plate where the plate and body touch. I used masking tape to keep the mastic where I wanted it (ie. in a quarter-inch band just inside the rim), and smoothed it off so there was just a thin layer there about the thickness of a bit of thick paper or thin card (note - keep lots of kitchen roll and old newspaper around to wipe off excess). When it had skinned, I carefully removed the masking tape, then I left it to dry. Once it was totally dry, I refitted the cover-plate, and that completely stopped my rattles. Note that you *must* get it smooth, and you *must* leave it to dry. If it's not smooth then the plate won't fit properly, and if you don't leave it to dry then you'll squeeze mastic all over the front of the guitar when you put the plate back on.

Be warned that if you get a bit of mastic on the cover-plate where you don't want it, leave it to set! If you've got a thick bit, it's easy to remove with a sharp knife. What's impossible to get off is if you try to clean it off while it's still runny and smear a thin layer across the surface.


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Subject: RE: string buzz on a dobro
From: GUEST,James H. Silver
Date: 25 Jul 03 - 02:51 PM

symptoms are pretty sketchy and buzz or rattles can result from a wide variety of problems. Just a few: Bridge too low allowing tail piece to touch. something loose ranging from bracing to resonator parts; such as the spider or resonator cone not seating properly. also cover could be not seating properly as mentioned earlier. to the other extreme bridge saddle could be high causing string to hit cover. Best possible solution is to examine the instrument carefully and try and determine exactly where the buzz is originating. You can usally find this by applying pressure with your fingers to different points of the guitar and seeing if you can eliminate the buzz. You can then determine what has to be done to fix it. Hope this helps

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Subject: RE: string buzz on a dobro
Date: 26 Jul 03 - 11:13 AM

Take two aspirin and call Mike Auldridge in the morning!

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